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Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise

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Southbank, Australia
Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise

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Overview

Enjoy a new perspective of Melbourne’s port and Docklands area as you cruise down the Yarra River toward Hobson’s Bay. Learn about Melbourne’s history as a 19th-century port town while watching the sights go by on this narrated tour.
  • Opportunities to photograph Melbourne's skyline and port from the water
  • Onboard commentary
  • Panoramic windows provide unparalleled views plus protection from wind or rain
  • Sun deck for outdoor river cruising
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Tea and Coffee
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
No food or drinks are sold on board
Gratuities

Departure Point

Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 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.

Cruise Highlights:
• Westgate Bridge
• Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct
• Crown Entertainment Complex
• 19th-century sailing ship Polly Woodside
• Shipping channels and dock area
• World Congress Center and Trade Center
• Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cruise duration times are approximate and subject to change, often due to tides and river traffic
  • Cruise direction and timetable subject to tidal conditions and river closures
  • The boat is completely enclosed and windowed so that passengers won't be subject to the elements
  • Restroom available on board
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Melbourne River Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise.

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star-1
Terrible Tour
ArianaA
, Apr 2020
The tour guide was terrible, he was an embittered, who didn’t even tried to make people have a good time. The tour in general mostly focuses on the industrial part of Melbourne not in the city itself which is not interesting and relevant for most of the tourists.
star-4
Melbourne in perspective from the water.
leejolleycelebrant
, Sep 2019
i thoroughly enjoyed the hour round to Docklands even though the weather wasn't perfect. The only thing that would have made the journey complete and more informative would have been if there was a running commentary of the history of the various sites and some history of the past along the waterways. There is so much that could have been said to put it in perspective.
star-5
Great trip. Boat skipper very funny...
JOHN W
, Apr 2018
Great trip. Boat skipper very funny during his commentary. My original booking was for the port and docks but due to a high tide they offered me the alternate cruise up river which I accepted. When we returned and tied up, the river level had dropped enough to allow the boat under the bridge and they offered me a free trip which I took. Once again enjoyed myself.
star-5
Who knew the docks of Melbourne...
Cathleen T
, Aug 2017
Who knew the docks of Melbourne could house such beautiful scenery and condos! Very relaxing trip and informative. Melbourne is truly a diverse community and this trip makes you appreciate that!
star-5
The trip was great! Lots of informative...
Malcolm T
, May 2016
The trip was great! Lots of informative and funny commentary. We even got an upgrade to the Williamstown tour because we were very early for the Port trip.
star-5
The sightseeing cruise was a great...
Paul F
, Mar 2016
The sightseeing cruise was a great way to see this part of Melbourne. We really enjoyed it and for the price this was a great value. Going through the port towards the docklands was fantastic seeing the HUGE barges and cruise ships.
star-4
It was a very pleasant and restful...
john v
, Jan 2015
It was a very pleasant and restful activity. Unfortunately we booked and paid twice for the trip we went on so are hoping to be reimbursed the second payment.
star-3
the tour was good, the information...
Hasitha D
, May 2014
the tour was good, the information was very detailed and included a good account of the history of Melbourne and the locations along the river. Unfortunately I booked the port and docklands tour but managed to get the upstream cruise to the Herring island due to water level being to high to port side, was looking forward to see the port and docks.
star-1
While booking the Docklands and...
Salil S
, Jan 2014
While booking the Docklands and Port Melbourne cruise we saw on viator website that the last tour was at 4:30 pm on weekends. I booked the same for a group of 5 people via direct phone call to viator office. I specifically asked the person on the line to confirm if the 4:30 pm is indeed running. I was told straightaway that it was, no worries, so went ahead and booked that time. I was also told to reach the departure point at 4 pm. Upon actually reaching there, found that the on the spot office was closed just before 4 pm. We waited there till the previous cruise returned as there was no one else to talk to there. The boat captain told us that 3:30 pm is the last tour. I was shocked to say the least at the way I had been assured by the viator person that 4:30 pm was the last tour. We were a group of 5 people coming from different suburbs in Melbourne, and were hugely inconvenienced with this just because viator were not in synch with Melbourne Cruises. Had to plan again to visit the place about 3 hours in advance to finally be able to ride the cruise.
star-4
Joined family and friends on the...
Adel A
, Nov 2013
Joined family and friends on the cruise along the yarra, the experience was delightful and the kids really enjoyed themselves, the staff were very friendly and entertaining. The complimentary tea and coffee was and add extra, overall very pleased with the cruise experience, will definitely do it again.

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