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Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

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Southbank, Australia
Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
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icon1 to 2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Cruise from Melbourne to the historic seaport city of Williamstown while soaking up the sights along the Yarra River. Spend as much time as you like in Williamstown, where you can browse art galleries, explore local seafaring history or enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the many charming cafés. Customize your cruise options and travel one-way in either direction or take a round-trip cruise for a delightful day trip.
  • Cruise to/from Melbourne and enjoy time at leisure exploring the charming seaport of Williamstown
  • Informative commentary
  • Panoramic windows provide unparalleled views plus protection from wind or rain
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Tea and coffee
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
  • Melbourne River Cruises , Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

    Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing.

  • Gem Pier , 1 Syme St, Williamstown VIC 3016, Australia

    If starting in Williamstown please meet us near the giant war ship off Syme Street.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Jutting out into Hobson’s Bay near the mouth of the Yarra River, Williamstown was an important seaport during Victoria’s early settlement days. Escape the bustle of Melbourne for a few hours or the whole day with a cruise to this historic suburb. Get a new perspective on Melbourne’s history, dine at a local waterfront restaurant and stroll among charming gardens.

    On the approximately 1-hour journey each way, admire the historic landmarks and modern skyscrapers that line the Yarra River and glide past Melbourne’s busy shipping channels. Get a great perspective on the city skyline, the trendy Docklands area and the open water of Hobson’s Bay.

    Listen to onboard commentary along the way, and take in the sights from a sun deck or through large picture windows. Enjoy amenities including restrooms and complimentary coffee and tea for a comfortable journey. Choose from various options — City to Williamstown, Williamston to City, or a round-trip journey to or from Williamstown.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Melbourne River Cruises
    City to Williamstown Cruise past Melbourne's shipping channels on your journey to the old maritime seaport of Williamstown. Explore this early colonial settlement, boasting a charming array of restaurants, cafes and galleries amongst picturesque gardens. Take in the stunning waterfront bay views overlooking the coastal waters. Duration: 50 mins to 1 hour.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Yarra River
    Williamstown and City Return For a great day out, take a return trip to or from Williamstown or the city. A wonderful range of activities, restaurants and attractions to explore for everyone. Duration: 1 ¾ - 2 hours You can choose to go one-way or return! Just select which option suits you at the time of booking.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Williamstown
    Williamstown to City Ferry Depart from this inner city treasure and historic coastal village. Journey across the bay into the Yarra River, past the port and docklands. A wonderful opportunity to see the magnificent vistas of the Melbourne skyline before entering into the hustle and bustle of city life. Duration: 50 mins to 1 hour
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
    • The boat is completely enclosed and windowed so that passengers won't be subject to the elements
    • Unfortunately the vessel is NOT wheelchair accessible. However, passengers in a wheelchair can be accommodated only if they can get on and off the vessel on their own and if the wheelchair is collapsible. The staff are not permitted to assist handicapped persons due to insurance restrictions
    • Important Note:
    • 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
    • Passengers MUST check timetable for their return trip to ensure departure times connect
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 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.

    Learn more about cancellations.


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    • "Perhaps simple kid friendly snacks to purchase would b good ." See review
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    Reviews

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    216 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

    Showing 1-10 of 216 reviews
    star-5
    Great day out!
    Alesha_N
    , May 2022
    Such an amazing service. Awesome to do with young kids. Next time I’ll do the return trip. Great day out. Staff were sensational, super knowledgeable about different things along the way.
    star-4
    A very expensive day
    Janet_S
    , Apr 2022
    The trip was very pleasant and the captain and crew informative, helpful and friendly. However, because of an error in the booking process, I paid $138 for two pensioners. All my attempts to contact Viator for a refund have been unsuccessful. I have delayed writing this as I am still waiting for a response. The ticket office said to contact Viator for a response as they do not handle bookings on the wharf.
    star-5
    Beautiful views.
    Benjamin_C
    , Apr 2022
    The captain explained in a way that made me enjoy the history of Melbourne. The views from the river were beautiful to say the least. An absolute experience.
    star-1
    Most memorable was not...
    Shelley_B
    , Apr 2022
    Most memorable was not being able to contact the service directly. They didn't answer the phone. Being put on the wrong ferry and unable to get back to williamstown. Stevie (their employee) was rude and lacked the ability to provide good customer service. Basically threw a note at me and suggested I catch the train. Will never use this ferry service again.
    star-4
    Nice clean ferry ride
    Tiffany_L
    , Apr 2022
    We had a fairly good experience on the trip from melbourne to Williamstown. The small ferry was quite clean and the kids enjoyed watching the view from the back. We did a round trip, the ferry back from Williamstown to Melbourne was more than 30 mins late, which was a bit disappointing as we had other plans booked that we needed to attend to.
    star-4
    Loved the forward journey...
    Santha_J
    , Apr 2022
    Loved the forward journey to Williamstown with excellent commentary from the guide and the beautiful weather!
    star-5
    Beautiful
    Angela_H
    , Apr 2022
    Beautiful and informative ! A very relaxing experience Ferry was very comfortable and crew were very welcoming friendly and fun Love to do again
    star-3
    Average.
    JulieAnne_B
    , Apr 2022
    It was raining, so I would have thought the seats would have been wiped dry, but unfortunately they were nit it was up to us to wipe dry the seats. We had to use toilet tissue as there were no paper towels or serviettes. Apart from that the tour was lovely.
    star-1
    Time for an upgrade
    stephen_m
    , Apr 2022
    Leaking boat and terrible diesel smell The crew were great and very descriptive but it’s about time for a vessel upgrade for $25 one way
    star-5
    Great day out!
    Melinda_M
    , Apr 2022
    I really enjoyed the commentary It was very informative and entertaining. Williamstown is beautiful with lots of lovely Italian restaurants. We had a great day!

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