Melbourne Boats & yachts

Our most recommended Melbourne Boats & yachts

Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

1. Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasure boat with a sundeck for a cruise along the Yarra River in Melbourne for a narrated tour. Glide past landmarks including the Polly Woodside, West Gate Bridge, Southgate, Princes Bridge, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Olympic Park, Herring Island, Botanic Gardens, and more. Cruise past beautiful buildings, skyscrapers, bars, and parks. Catch some sun on the sundeck or enjoy the views from the inside cabin. Enjoy a round-trip journey that allows you to really enhance your knowledge of what is known as one of the "most livable cities in the world." Travel both down river and up river to see highlights such as the Docklands Crown Entertainment Complex, West Gate Bridge, a 19th-century sailing ship, the Polly Woodside, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center. Admire up river landmarks, such as Princes Bridge, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Government House, Olympic Park, Herring Island, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Arts Centre Melbourne, and National Tennis Center where the Australian Open is played.

Wilsons Promontory: 2.5-Hour Wilderness Cruise

2. Wilsons Promontory: 2.5-Hour Wilderness Cruise

Travel in the world's first custom-built amphibious boats, designed for cruising waters in comfort and safety. Witness the iconic South Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia and cruise into the waters of Bass Strait and Victoria's first marine national park. Discover a rugged and raw coast like no other as you explore The Glennies, Anderson Islets, and Anser Island. Marvel at the prehistoric boulders of Mount Oberon, situated behind the white quartz sands of Norman Beach, before uncovering the iconic granite monolith that is Skull Rock. Sculpted by waves and surrounded by crystal blue waters, Skull Rock's eerie facade becomes even more mysterious as more skull shapes reveal themselves the closer you get. Search for abundant wildlife including thousands of seals, dolphins, and migrating whales.

Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

3. Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

Discover Melbourne’s highlights while cruising along the breathtaking Yarra River. Cruise through downtown Melbourne on this sightseeing tour and listen to the on board commentary that will point out passing attractions and provide interesting tidbits of Melbourne’s history. Enjoy an hour aboard the riverboat as you cruise under the Princes Bridge and past top cultural attractions. Marvel at the magnificent riverbank gardens from the outside sun deck or through the panoramic windows from the inside cabin. On this tour you will also see Herring Island, Princes Bridge, the governor's residence, the Victorian Arts Center, Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Olympic Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the National Tennis Center. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea while relaxing and taking in the beautiful city sites. 

Melbourne: City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

4. Melbourne: City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

Embark on a sightseeing cruise along Port Philip Bay to Williamstown. Take in the views of the Melbourne skyline and enjoy insightful audio commentary on board as you sail down the Yarra River. Admire the skyline of Melbourne from a different perspective as you listen to the informative audio commentary. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city center and soak up the sun on the sun deck. Upon arrival in Williamstown, get the choice to take a break in Williamsport and visit the historic seaport, or stay on board and return to Melbourne. Linger in one of the cafés or galleries of Williamstown, known for its heritage buildings such as Customs House. If you choose to take the round-trip option, then just sit back and relax on one of the finest bay cruises on the return journey to Southbank.  

Melbourne: Sunset Kayak Tour with Dinner

5. Melbourne: Sunset Kayak Tour with Dinner

Experience the sights of Melbourne from a unique water level perspective. Melbourne’s Yarra River is an excellent location for new paddlers to experience kayaking for the first time, or for experienced kayakers to enjoy a stunning paddle through the scenic waterways. No kayaking experience is needed to enjoy the tour, as patient guides will be with you every step of the way. Make use of a fleet of fibreglass sea kayaks, which are extremely stable and easy to operate. The tour meets just before sunset in Victoria Harbor, part of the modern Docklands precinct in the west end of the city. After a short safety briefing and paddling technique session on dry land, set off for an exploration of the sights in Victoria Harbor before tying up to a dock in a beautiful marina. Stay seated in your boats to be served fish and chips for a very special on-the-water dining experience.  After your meal continue your tour upstream, under the Bolte Bridge and through to Melbourne’s lively downtown. Kayaking past the Crown Casino and alongside stylish Southbank, continue past Flinders Street Railway Station and beneath historic Princes Bridge before arriving at the approach to Melbourne’s sporting precinct. Enjoy the sights and sounds from your unique vantage point as the sun goes down and the city comes to life. Your tour ends at the boat landing area at the Rowing Sheds, right in the heart of Melbourne, and directly across the river from Federation Square.

Port of Melbourne & Docklands Cruise with Coffee & Tea

6. Port of Melbourne & Docklands Cruise with Coffee & Tea

The history of Melbourne centers on its strategic location where the Yarra River empties into Port Phillip Bay. Learn about Melbourne’s early settlement and its evolution from a 19th-century boomtown to the largest port in the Southern Hemisphere on this leisurely, 1-hour river cruise. Relax as you cruise downriver past ultramodern skyscrapers and the active Docklands area, taking in the sights from an outside sundeck or through panoramic windows inside the cabin. During this cruise, you'll get stunning views of Melbourne city center, as well as float past some amazing points of interest, like the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 19th century sailing ship "Polly Woodside", the World Congress and Trade center, and more - don't forget to bring your cameras!

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

7. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard a modern 19-meter vessel. Grab a chilled drink from the licensed bar (not included in the price of the tour), take in the relaxed atmosphere, and watch the towns light up around the bay as the sun sets. Indulge in some delicious appetizers and keep a lookout for a variety of birdlife. If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot some dolphins and seals. You'll also learn some history as you listen to the captain's commentary on the local area. This cruise is a perfect way to end your day at beautiful Phillip Island.

Wilsons Promontory: Whale Spotting Cruise with Lunch

8. Wilsons Promontory: Whale Spotting Cruise with Lunch

Set sail on a whale spotting cruise and keep an eye out for whales undertaking their annual migration. As you cruise, you’ll see coastal formations and remote beaches including, Rabbit Island, Sealers Cove, and Refuge Cove. Along the way, you’ll search for humpback and southern right whales on their annual migration route along the Wilsons Promontory coastline. In addition to whale spotting, you’ll search for diverse marine wildlife including, shy albatrosses, Australian fur seals, and dolphins. To make sure you don’t miss anything, the captain will provide commentary along the way. Enjoy morning tea and a homemade lunch as you cruise along the coastline.

Melbourne: Iconic City Sights Kayak Experience

9. Melbourne: Iconic City Sights Kayak Experience

After a quick briefing and paddling lesson, begin this Melbourne kayak tour by heading downriver under the Princes Bridge and into the heart of Melbourne. Continue to glide along the Yarra, past Flinders Station and up to the legendary Polly Woodside Tallship, before entering the Docklands precinct and the beautiful Yarra's Edge Marina. Have a little break, where you can rest whilst your guide fills you in on some local stories. Next, journey onwards on this Melbourne tour back upstream past Crown Casino and the lively South Bank district. Along the way, soak up the views and discover the tales behind these famous Melbourne landmarks. The tour will finish up back at Boathouse Drive. No paddling experience is necessary for kayaking in Melbourne, as the waters are very gentle. Experienced guides will be with you every step of the way, and there to help if you have any concerns.  With a fleet of extremely stable sea kayaks, the experience will be even easier for first-time paddlers.

Melbourne: Waterbike Tour on the Yarra River

10. Melbourne: Waterbike Tour on the Yarra River

Discover the bends of the iconic Yarra River that runs through the vibrant city of Melbourne. Pass by famous landmarks while riding a fun waterbike on a guided journey and learn about all the major sites sitting on the edge of the river, as well as some of the main bridges. After an informative safety briefing, you'll be taken to your waterbike and given a lifejacket before heading upriver to explore the Botanical Gardens and views of the Government House. Turning under the Swan Street Bridge, pass the iconic Rod Laver Arena Precinct, with MCG in the background. Ride along Birrarung Marr Park and continue downriver. Pass under the Princes Bridge into the heart of Melbourne, past Flinders Street Station and SEA Life Aquarium with the Rialto building towering in the background. Turn at Webb Bridge, taking in Yarra's Edge Marine before passing the Polly Woodside Tallship and Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre. Continuing upstream, pass Crown Casino, the South Bank precinct with Eureka Tower soaring to the skyline above. See Arts Centre Melbourne before once again passing under Princes Bridge and finishing back at the rowing sheds along Boathouse Drive, directly across the Yarra River from Federation Square.

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What people are saying about Melbourne

Amazing experience, family friendly, beautiful views of and from Yarra River. Hosts was really good. Definitely worth it.

Good cruise allowing opportunities to get some great photos with helpful staff and amusing, informative commentary.

Great 2 hour trip on the Yarra River. We enjoyed the commentary and it’s a good way to learn about Melbourne

Interesting and entertaining information given about Melbourne, very helpful and professional staff!

The Guide was very knowledgeable of the Yarra River.