Enjoy a relaxed cruise along the Yarra River through the heart of Melbourne, then climb on board your comfortable air-conditioned coach for an afternoon city tour — including visits to the eclectic bayside suburbs of St Kilda and Brighton.

AUD $97pp

Melbourne Afternoon City Coach Tour and River Cruise
Runs: Daily (except Wednesday and Friday from April 1 to September 30)
Departs at: 12pm
Departs from: Federation Square
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘We had just arrived and wanted to get an overview of Melbourne, so we booked this tour the night before. The tour does not pick-up at your hotel, but the meeting point is easily accessible via the Free Tram. Everything was great. We saw everything that was advertised. Overall, the tour provided a nice view of the area from the river, and again while driving around. A very good starting point, or a quick overview if you only have a little time to spend in Melbourne.’ LeeSki

Tour highlights

  • Take a leisurely cruise on the Yarra River through the city centre
  • See many of Melbourne’s key landmarks and the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Get up close to the city’s premier sporting venues — the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Etihad Stadium
  • Drive over the Bolte Bridge for spectacular city views
  • Visit the trendy bayside suburb of St Kilda and take a stroll down Acland Street
  • See the famous multi-coloured Brighton bathing boxes.

What's included

  • Guided group tour
  • Services of a knowledgeable local guide
  • Informative commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your coach
  • Yarra River cruise.

Pricing

Adults: AUD $97pp
Children (4 to 14 years): AUD $48.50pp

There is no charge for children under the age of four, however spare seats are subject to availability on the day of your tour.

What you can expect

This Melbourne Afternoon City Coach Tour and River Cruise is the perfect all-round introduction to the Victorian capital. You’ll enjoy a fabulous cruise through the city centre* on the Yarra River, before boarding your comfortable air-conditioned coach for an afternoon city tour with a knowledgeable local guide. From iconic sporting venues and glorious city gardens, to the vibrant bayside suburbs of Port Melbourne, St Kilda and Brighton, this tour takes the best of Melbourne and hands it to you. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!

This Melbourne Afternoon City Coach Tour and River Cruise gets underway from Federation Square. You’ll make your own way to the tour meeting point, then on to the cruise boarding platform with your guide. Settle in on board your cruise boat for a gentle meander through the heart of the CBD. [More]

Next you’ll board your coach for your afternoon city tour. Your itinerary is as follows:

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne Park and National Tennis Centre
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Kings Domain Gardens
  • Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Docklands
  • Etihad Stadium (Docklands)
  • Bolte Bridge — Drive over the bridge for spectacular city views
  • Port Melbourne
  • St Kilda foreshore
  • Acland Street (St Kilda) — Take a stroll and enjoy the cosmopolitan mix of funky bars, eateries and world-famous patisseries
  • Elwood and Brighton
  • Brighton bathing boxes — Enjoy a photo stop at this iconic remnant from a bygone era
  • Albert Park Lake — Drive along the street circuit of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

This Melbourne Afternoon City Coach Tour and River Cruise ends with hotel drop-off at around 5.30pm. If you plan to head out afterwards to experience the city’s dynamic dining scene, be sure to ask your guide for a restaurant recommendation!

Please note: The itinerary provided may change due to weather conditions and operational requirements.

*Tide conditions on the river may mean that the cruise has to run in the opposite direction. In that case, you’ll cruise past picturesque gardens, parklands and some of Australia’s most famous sporting venues.

Guest reviews

  • HsiaoH (21/1/2019) – Via TripAdvisor

    We went for a river cruise first and then the city tour. Cruise was relaxing and informative. Great views of the bridges and buildings along Yarra river. City tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He will try to drop you off as near to your hotel as possible, at the same time avoiding the traffic. Great if you do not have time to travel around the city yourself.

  • Garcijb (30/11/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    The tour includes 2 distinct parts: 1 h cruise down the Yarra at noon + 4.5 h mini-bus guided tour in the afternoon. Back to town at 18h00. The cruise is definitely worth the time. You have a good perspective of how the banks have developed in the last years. Also of the old docks (now converted into marina areas). Our guide for the afternoon tour was Jeff. As a non-anglophone, I had some trouble to get all the stories, but he did a great job in telling anecdotes and giving the historical perspective. The tour had 3 stops in the Botanical Garden (45 min), St Kilda beach (45 min) and Brighton Beach boxes (10 min). Overall, I think it's a great way to see the broader picture of the city. Mind you, the guided tour is not about the CBD, but rather the nice outskirts of the city (much appreciated).

  • WorldTravelLad (23/11/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    My husband and I went on this tour on our first day in Melbourne. The river cruise is an hour long, though there isn't a great deal to snap away at, compared to where we had just come from, which was Singapore. Be warned to remember where you have to return to for the city tour, as there's no one to meet you after the cruise or point you in the right direction. A number of us lost our way for a while, but found it eventually. Our city tour guide was David, who we must say was excellent. Informative, knowledgeable, chatty and happy throughout. Nothing was ever too much trouble and he was very polite. The tour is a highlight tour of Melbourne’s southern side, with a number of stops which gives you ample time to get off, look around, take photos and have a comfort stop, should you need it. You can then go back to those places yourself later, if you want and spend more time. He dropped us all off as close to our respective hotels as he could. If your time is short in Melbourne, this tour is recommended.

  • LeeSki (10/10/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    We had just arrived and wanted to get an overview of Melbourne, so we booked this tour the night before. The tour does not pick-up at your hotel, but the meeting point is easily accessible via the Free Tram. Everything was great. We saw everything that was advertised. Overall, the tour provided a nice view of the area from the river, and again while driving around. A very good starting point, or a quick overview if you only have a little time to spend in Melbourne.

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Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed meeting point and time.

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This tour operates in all weather conditions.