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By Richard Moore

Melbourne River Cruises

City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise
River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise

Yarra River, MelbourneAh, the Yarra River. That muddy, brown upside-down river that snakes its way through Melbourne.

It's not the Nile, nor is it the Danube but to Melburnians it is our river - hang, it even has a song written about it - Frank Jones' excellent My Brown Yarra.

I didn't know, nor would many people in the city, but the Yarra is a man-made river, dug out in the colonial days to drain the city's swamps and marshes to make the land more liveable.

That was one of the interesting facts that we were told while taking a journey on the old waterway with Melkbourne River Cruises.

Yarra River, MelbourneThe cruise company operates a fleet of large riverboats that have regular trips up to the end of the navigable parts of the Yarra around the middle suburbs of Kew, down to the docklands and out skirting Port Phillip Bay to Williamstown.

I reckon a city's waterways are one of the best ways to see a place - Amsterdam, Sydney for example - and Melbourne is no exception.

Having been away from Melbourne for eight years I found the Docklands run particularly interesting. The development that has gone on there has created a huge new part of the city - again dominatd by some wonderful architecture.

Cruises leave and arrive at various docks along the Yarra at Southgate, across from Flinders St Station and Fderation Square in the central city. They go at least every hour - even in the colder months.

Yarra River, MelbourneEach cruise has a really interesting commentary and you get free coffee or tea while on board.

You can check out the various cruises at the bottom of this page.


Spirit of Melbourne, Cruising Restaurant.

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

What could be better than a night-time cruise up and down the Yarra River? The lights of Melbourne's skyline are amazing at night and the Yarra takes on a special charm in the twilight or after sundown.

And to add to your visit to the Victorian capital and try one of Melbourne River Cruises dinner journeys.

Yarra River, MelbourneWe thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Spirit of Melbourne.

The atmosphere was very pleasant, the crew attentive without being ever present, the food was great and the wine and drinks flowed.

Each table had plenty of room between it and the next so that you could chat to your dinner companion without being in competition with those nearby.

You have to pick your main meakl before the cruise begins - no drama as clearly they needed to make sure they had everything catered for on board and, anyway, all of the mains sounded very appetising.

Our entree was lovely, the mains - steak and pork - cooked to perfection and the desserts an excellent way to finish. You also get a glass of port to round off the evening which, in my books, is not a bad way to do so.

Yarra River, MelbourneBetween courses you can head out on to the deck areas to see the cityscape - and this would be great in both summer and the colder nights.

We went in May and while cool it meant you could see the Melbourne night face - particularly around the city centre and the sporting precinct. While we were cruising by there was a Melbourne Storm rugby league match at the colourful AAMI Stadium and also a night football match at the MCG.

One thing that brought joy to this Melburnians heart was hearing the crowd roaring as a goal was scored and you could hear it clearly from where we were sailing by.

Yarra River, MelbourneA dinner cruise on the Spirit of Melbourne is an experience you should try to indulge in. It is a really good night out.

Entrée Platter

King Prawn Asian Salad, Fruit Coulis Dressing Roast Vegetables, Tandoori Paste, Rocket Salad, Mint Yoghurt Confit Duck Leg, Lentil Salad, French Dressing.

Mains (your choice of)

Chargrilled Chicken Breast stuffed with Brie, semi-dried tomatoes on couscous with a Tarragon Cream Sauce Crispy Skin Moroccan Salmon, Potato Rosti, Avocado Salsa, Caper Mayonnaise.

Pan Fried Eye Fillet, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Porcini Mushroom Cream Sauce, Black Garlic Butter Grilled Polenta, Mushroom Ratatouille, Palm Hearts, Vincotto & Truffle Oil.

Yarra River, MelbourneChargrilled Pork Rib Eye, Sweet Potato Mash, Glazed Green Peas with an Olive Oil & Balsamic Reduction.

Dessert Tasting Platter

Selection of Desserts Cheese Platter Selection of Australian Cheeses.

Melbourne River Cruises

Cruise A.

Port and Docklands 1 - 1.5 hour cruise Meander past Melbourne CBD and discover some of the landings of our early settlers. Now one of the busiest trading ports in the Southern hemisphere, historical Victoria Docks will give you a snapshot of our rich maritime heritage and the boom of the gold rush era.


Yarra River, MelbourneCruise B

River Gardens 1 - 1.5 hour cruise Within moments of departing Melbourne’s cultural Arts precinct, you are cruising through Melbourne’s picturesque gardens, parklands and some of our famous sporting arenas.


Cruise A-B Melbourne Highlights 2 - 2.5 hour cruise Combine both our River Gardens and Port & Docklands cruise to enjoy the complete river cruising experience. View the contrasting scenery of Melbourne that has made it one of the “Most Livable Cities in the World”.

Yarra River, MelbourneCruise C City to Williamstown 50 - 60 minute cruise Cruise by Melbourne’s shipping channels and Docklands on your historic journey to the old maritime seaport of WIlliamstown. Explore this early colonial settlement, boasting a charming array of restaurants, cafes and galleries amongst picturesque gardens. Take in the stunning waterfront bay views overlooking the coastal waters.

Cruise D Williamstown to City 50 - 60 minute cruise Depart from this inner city treasure and historic coastal village as we journey across the bay into the Yarra River, past the port and Docklands area. A wonderful opportunity to view the magnificent Melbourne skyline before entering into the hustle & bustle of city life.


Cruise C-D City & Williamstown 1.5 - 2 hour cruise A fantastic way to travel and experience the wonderful range of activities, restaurants, and attractions at Williamstown or in the City.

Yarra River, MelbourneBoard the ferries at Williamstown or Southgate for your return journey taking in the spectacular scenery along the way.








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