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Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

Southbank, Australia

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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
Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

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Returns to original departure point
1 Syme St, Williamstown VIC 3016, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
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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
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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
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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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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What is the maximum group size during Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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178 Reviews
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Great experience
, Apr 2021
Brilliant highly enjoyed it Highly recommend and would go again if asked however pick the day as weather is important
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hello Jason, Thank you for your positive feedback, it's much appreciated! We're extremely happy to see you enjoyed your cruise on the Williamstown Ferry. We cannot deny that cruising on a perfect sunny day is the best way to cruise. Hope to see you on board again soon!
Know your product
, Feb 2021
As we were the only passengers to book and pay .and we were the first to the ticket kiosk at end of trip .because the person accepting payment did not know that his own company used pay pal he did not belive I had paid so l had to wait for all the other people who had not had the foresight to book to pay for there trip .just not good enough. Michael
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A short but adequate relax on the water
, Mar 2020
Relaxing & staff friendly & efficient.. Interesting & good day out that is relaxing & met my needs on the long weekend.. Nice relaxing just what i needed Thank you
Bad weather in Williamstown
, Mar 2020
The trip on the boat was great. However not a lot to do in Williamstown. Maybe because the weather was bad ; - )
Ships ahoy!
, Mar 2020
Lovely one hour boat trip from Melbourne to Williamstown. So relaxing. Some interesting commentary but not too much. Williamstown Tall Ship Festival amazing. Tour of the restored James Craig, built in 1874.
, Feb 2020
The first 5 mns were pleasant, then we picked up a group who ran amock on the boat. The noise level was unbearable. The scenery is pretty ordinary
The trip through the docks
, Feb 2020
I had a most enjoyable day. The staff without exception were thoughtful, caring and unfailingly cheerful. The P A system wasn’t clear so that I couldn’t understand all of the commentary. Which is a shame. There were people smoking which I believe is unacceptable (Not the least because my friend is asthmatic and smoke can trigger an attack ) In spite of these criticisms I had a lovely day. It’s a very special trip, and I highly recommend it. I am busy planning my next trip. I want my family to experience such a happy day.
Melbourne to Williamstown Ferry Cruise
Jens A T
, Jan 2020
A great way to get to Williamstown and back from Melbourne. The one hour cruise each way is pleasant and informative. I recommend that one stay in Williamstown for a few hours and enjoy the quietness of the town before returning to the city. The views of Melbourne from the river are impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion.
location is perfect
John R
, Jan 2020
beautiful views of melbourne - fantastic for the tourist, but also for the resident!! so much to see through the docklands
Tourists from Ireland
, Jan 2020
An awesome way to see Melbourne from the waterfront- great friendly service from start to finish- this was the highlight off my father and partners trip!

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