The sights and the sea: How you can enjoy a boat cruise along the Yarra

FANCY a different kind of Melbourne experience? Trinity College Foundation Studies students Jun Zhou and Jinglan Wang recommend the best boat trips along the Yarra River for students.

Photo: Hong Fang

Photo: Hong Fang

Want to enjoy a marvellous weekend with fewer expenses? Why not consider a cruise along the Yarra River?

Offering students a way to experience something new at a reasonably fair price, enjoying a boat ride along the Yarra might just be the answer that students will need to look for after a stressful week of work and study.

After speaking with many Trinity College students however, it would appear that most did not know about the river cruises in Melbourne.

One student, Tina, was among those who didn’t know about this however after introducing the concept to her, she grew interested in spending a nice sunny day out on a boat with her friends.

Another student Vera, meanwhile has already participated on a cruise trip to Williamstown with her family and expressed satisfaction with boats service and the views along the Yarra River. She would like to try other routes one day.

Taking all these opinions into consideration, we take a look at some of the cheapest boat rides in Melbourne as well as some fancier options for those looking to unwind and spend a lovely day outside.

The most popular and cheapest routes 

Photo: Hong Fang

Photo: Hong Fang

Melbourne River Cruises has two options that we reckon are quite affordable for students. The Melbourne Highlights and Williamstown Ferry cruise options will cost students $18 and sets sail from Flinders St Station. Commentary and tea are provided on board.

The Melbourne Highlights cruise leads you to Port Melbourne and Docklands where plenty of photos along Melbourne’s skyline will definitely occupy all of your phone storage!

Williamstown Ferry on the other hand will take you all the way to the attractive Williamstown Beach where, if you’re lucky in winter, can enjoy a comfortable afternoon sunshine.

Classy food cruises along the Yarra

Photo: Yi Tan

Photo: Yi Tan

The Melbourne Seafood Lunch Cruise offers a pricey but relatively agreeable lunch cruise for those wishing to enjoy a first class experience along the Yarra River.

The three hour lunch cruise includes tea and coffee, lovely finger food and a lunch buffet on board. Bookings will need to made ahead of time – tickets will cost you $89.

Alternatively, for those wishing to spend a little more money – the night time dinner cruise options with the Spirit of Melbourne might also be worth looking into.

The cruise will take those on-board pass sites such as Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens while also serving up a four-course dining experience. Just note however that the price for this cruise is $110.50.

This story was produced by Media and Communication students at Trinity College Foundation Studies as part of Meld’s community newsroom collab. Education institutions, student clubs/societies and community groups interested in being involved can get in touch us via

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