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Yarra River

Southbank Promenade

The Basics

The Yarra River boasts a number of activities for visitors to enjoy. There are tours for every type of traveler ranging from sightseeing cruises to cabaret dinner cruises to an adventurous kayak tour along the river. See riverside landmarks such as Crown Casino, Federation Square, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the Ian Potter Centre.

For those who want to stay on land, walking and bike tours explore the banks of the Yarra River at a leisurely pace. Walk or peddle along the Southbank Promenade or the Main Yarra Trail for a closer look at Melbourne’s green spaces, bike paths, and numerous shops and restaurants that grace the banks.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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In these times of doom and gloom it was refreshing
Salome_D, Apr 2021
River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise
The cruise pilot and the lady at the kiosk (ticket counter) had a great sense of humour. Very informative and pleasant to listen to. Service with a smile
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Crew captain was amazing...
Doreen_V, Mar 2021
River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise
Crew captain was amazing thank u for ur service please keep up the great work my son an I enjoyed the cruise gonna do it again
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Fun
Sally_T, Jun 2020
River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise
On our trip we went down river towards the port. It was lots of fun. My 5 year old grandson loved it! The driver of the boat gave an interesting overview of the history of the area. One hour was a good amount of time to spend.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes to walk along the Yarra’s long esplanade.

  • The area’s weather can change at any moment, so bring layers and an umbrella to be prepared.

  • The river offers some of the most picturesque views in the city, so come prepared with your camera.

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How to Get There

Set in the center of Melbourne, the Yarra can’t be missed. In addition to sightseeing cruises, visitors can navigate the river with hop-on hop-off cruises that offer many stops in between Williamstown and Abbotsford. Some notable stops along the route include Southgate, Federation Square, and the Docklands, so you can see as much of Melbourne as possible.

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When to Get There

Visitors can access the best of the Yarra River year-round, but there are a few special occasions that are worth a visit: the Dragon Boat Festival in June, Christmas and New Year’s Events, the Moomba Festival in March, and numerous sporting events throughout the year.

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The River of Culture

Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital and that means the Yarra is full of history. Check out some of the art museums along its banks, learn about Aboriginal culture and heritage on a river walk, discover thousands of plant species at the Royal Botanic Gardens, or stroll by some Australia’s most famous sporting venues.

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