Explore Melbourne in air-conditioned comfort on this morning city coach tour, followed by a cruise on the Yarra River. See all the key city sights and then take to the water to get a different perspective of the Victorian capital. Selected CBD hotel pick-up is included.

AUD $96pp

Melbourne City Tour and River Cruise
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 8.10am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and Federation Square
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘We had to see as much as we could in a short time as we only had two days in Melbourne, and this tour was an ideal way to do it. The Yarra River cruise enabled us to see Melbourne from the water. The guide was knowledgeable and funny. The city tour was great too. Our driver James was interesting and had a good sense of humour. All in all, it was a great way to see as much as possible in a short space of time.’ 243bevb

Tour highlights

  • See Melbourne’s key heritage landmarks, including the Parliamentary precinct and the Royal Exhibition Building
  • Explore the famous Queen Victoria Market (replaced with a stop at the MCG on Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Take a stroll in the historic Fitzroy Gardens
  • Enjoy a guided walk through Melbourne’s signature CBD laneways and arcades
  • Hear stories about the city’s fascinating past from your expert local guide
  • Take a leisurely cruise on the Yarra River through the city centre
  • Have your afternoon free for more sightseeing.

What's included

  • Guided group tour
  • Services of a knowledgeable local guide
  • Informative commentary
  • Selected CBD hotel pick up and comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your coach
  • Yarra River cruise.

Pricing

Adults: AUD $96pp
Children (4 to 14 years): AUD $48pp

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 City Tour and River Cruise is the perfect introduction to the Victorian capital for first-time visitors. You’ll enjoy the services of a passionate local guide to show you the city’s landmarks, and a fabulous cruise through the city centre on the Yarra River. From the grand boulevards and period buildings to the famous CBD laneways, bustling cafe precincts and city gardens, this comprehensive coach tour takes the best of Melbourne and hands it to you.

Once CBD hotel pick-ups are completed, your Melbourne City Tour and River Cruise will get underway as follows: [More]

Daily itinerary (except Monday and Wednesday)

  • Hotel Windsor
  • Parliament House and Princess Theatre
  • Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum
  • Melbourne University
  • Lygon Street (Little Italy)
  • CBD laneway stroll —Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne’s signature CBD arcades and laneways, including Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street
  • Collins Street
    Old Treasury Buildings and State Offices
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Fitzroy Gardens — Take a walk through the gardens and visit Captain Cook’s Cottage (own expense)
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • East Melbourne
  • Chinatown
  • Queen Victoria Market — Explore the heritage market halls at your own pace
  • Flagstaff Gardens and Law Courts
  • Federation Square

Itinerary on Monday and Wednesday

  • Hotel Windsor
  • Parliament House and Princess Theatre
  • Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum
  • Prestigious Melbourne University
  • Lygon Street (Little Italy)
  • CBD laneway stroll —Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne’s signature CBD arcades and laneways, including Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street
  • Collins Street
  • Old Treasury Buildings and State Offices
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Fitzroy Gardens — Take a walk through the gardens and visit Captain Cook’s Cottage (own expense)
  • East Melbourne
  • Chinatown
  • Queen Victoria Market (no stop)
  • Flagstaff Gardens and Law Courts
  • Cross over the Yarra River to Enterprize Wharf
  • Crown Casino complex
  • Southbank
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) — Explore the grounds surrounding the MCG and take a sneak peek into the stadium from Gate 3
  • Federation Square

Following your coach tour, you’ll board a river cruise boat for the second part of this Melbourne City Tour and River Cruise. Enjoy a gentle meander through the city centre on the Yarra River. The cruise will give you an entirely different perspective of the CBD.

This Melbourne City Tour and River Cruise ends at Flinder Street Station at 1.15pm. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Victorian capital at your leisure.

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

Guest reviews

  • LeeSki (10/10/18) – Via TripAdvisor

    We had just arrived and wanted to get a good overview of Melbourne, so we booked this tour. Everything was great. We saw everything that was advertised, and the driver was accommodating enough to drop us off in a convenient spot afterwards. The tour doesn't give you a lot of time at the various stops, but it’s sufficient to give you ideas as to where you'd like to go back to and explore for longer. Overall, you get a nice view of the city from the river, and again while driving around. It’s a very good starting point or quick overview if you only have limited time in Melbourne.

  • cmccord910 (13/4/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    If you have limited time in Melbourne, this is a great way to see the highlights. We were able to see the city by boat and taken on a tour by coach. Our driver and guide Ian was fantastic. He seemed to know everything. A true scholar and a gentleman.

  • 243bevb (28/11/2017) – Via TripAdvisor

    We had to see as much as we could in a short time as we only had two days in Melbourne, and this tour was an ideal way to do it. The Yarra River cruise enabled us to see the old and new of Melbourne from the water. The guide was knowledgeable and funny. The city tour was great too. Our driver James was interesting and had a good sense of humour. All in all, it was a great way to see as much as possible in a short space of time.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up 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 pick-up time.

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Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

You will be picked up from your hotel but the tour ends at Flinders Street Station in the CBD. Most city hotels are within easy walking distance from the station.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.