The Yarra River is one of the defining natural features of Melbourne and it flanks the central business district of the city. This waterway is served by many water taxis and is an essential transportation link for the locals; but for travelers, a scenic river cruise tour will be an even more exciting option to choose. There are several cruise tour companies which will provide river cruise tours of various durations or styles.
Melbourne River Cruises – Classic Steamboat Cruises
Classic Steamboat Cruises provides excursions on the MV Grower, an authentic river ship which was built in 1924 and the oldest ship operating Melbourne`s waterways. Hlaf-hour or 1-hour scenic cruise tours will be scheduled on a daily basis, and longer excursions may be arranged as well. The sights of the Yarra River, Docklands and Williamstown or Maribyrnong River are generally accompanied by narrations about the heritage of the local areas. As a family-friendly touch, kids on board during these scenic cruise tours are always welcome to visit the captain of the ship and steer the cruise boat just as an official helmsman would do.
Melbourne River Cruises – Sightseeing Cruise
Melbourne River Cruises will present three options of sightseeing cruise tours: the 1-hour River Gardens Cruise upriver; the 1-hour Port and Docklands Cruise downriver; and a combination of the two above cruise tours which will last for 2 and a half hours. All the cruise tours will depart from historic Victoria Docks and will aim to showcase the maritime heritage of the local areas. Various highlights of the Docklands Cruise will include panoramic sights of the Melbourne`s central area, the shipping channels and the dock area, as well as the Polly Woodisde, a nineteenth century sailing cruise ship. Guests on the River Gardens Cruise will see the Olympic Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the residence of the governor or the Herring Island. The cruise tours will be available during the entire year with at least half a dozen dates of departure on a daily basis.
Venice On the Yarra: Luxury Gondola Cruises
Venice on the Yarra`s Luxury Gondola Cruises, that are usually conducted in a Venetian-inspired, 4-passenger gondolas, will provide a very romantic alternative to the classic river cruise tours. The canopied gondolas will feature velvet seats, a bottle of win/champagne and thick rugs to enjoy during the cruise tour. A gondolier will row the ship from a different section, cruising along the Yarra River from the point of departure at the Crown Casino floating landing, past the landmarks of Melbourne which will include the aquarium, Federation Square, the scenic Alexandra Gardens or Southbank. As well as a traditional river cruise tour, Venice on the Yarra will provide several cruise packages, like a celebration cruise package with antipasto platter and cheese; the brunch cruise which includes fresh fruit, juices or muffins; and the indulgence cruise package with a bouquet of red roses and a gourmet platter.