Water activity

Melbourne: City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

Activity provider: Melbourne River Cruises

Melbourne: City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

Activity provider: Melbourne River Cruises

From US$ 23.60 per person

Cruise across the sparkling waters of Port Philip Bay aboard the Williamstown ferry. See the sights of Melbourne from a different perspective as you sail to or from the colonial suburb. Listen to audio commentary along the way.

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Duration 1 - 3 hours
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  • Cruise across the sparkling waters of Port Philip Bay
  • Sail down the Yarra River
  • Linger for a while in the historic neighborhood of Williamstown
Full description

Embark on a sightseeing cruise along Port Philip Bay to Williamstown. Take in the views of the Melbourne skyline and enjoy insightful audio commentary on board as you sail down the Yarra River. Admire the skyline of Melbourne from a different perspective as you listen to the informative audio commentary. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city center and soak up the sun on the sun deck. Upon arrival in Williamstown, get the choice to take a break in Williamsport and visit the historic seaport, or stay on board and return to Melbourne. Linger in one of the cafés or galleries of Williamstown, known for its heritage buildings such as Customs House. If you choose to take the round-trip option, then just sit back and relax on one of the finest bay cruises on the return journey to Southbank.  

  • 1-way or round-trip ferry cruise
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Live commentary

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    Meeting point

    Departure point is: Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing, Lower Promenade, located at the rear of Langham Hotel, Southgate.

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    What to bring

    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat

    Not allowed

    • Alcohol and drugs
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 183 reviews

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    It was lovely cruising down the Yarra River, listening to a very interesting commentary. The low profile boat only just skims under the very low bridges. The speed was perfect, great for seeing all the features of the river. The final approach to Williamstown was wonderful, looking to Commonwealth Reserve and back over Hobson’s Bay to Melbourne city. What a truly delightful little township is Williamstown. So much to explore that you won’t want to catch the first ferry back.

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    June 26, 2022

    The commentary on the way to Williamstown was very interesting and informative, made all the more entertaining by the captain's humour. We enjoyed the experience very much. Only 2 negative things to mention... 1. There was no mention of where the tea and coffee was available on both trips. 2. On the return trip the older guy (deckhand, I think) was steering but was not paying full attention to watching the river. Quite often he had his head turned in conversation with the captain. Whereas the captain was absolutely diligent when controlling the boat. 3. Perhaps the captain could try slowing down his talk as he was hard to understand at times.

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    April 18, 2022

    Its a very nice trip and a great way to view the city and a rare opportunity of travelling under the Westgate and Bolte bridges and seeing them from that angle. I particularly recommend viewing the city from outside on the back of the boat as they are views you can only get from the water. There are plenty of good spots in Williamstown to have a meal as well. The commentary was interesting too and for the price it is good value.

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    April 6, 2021

    Product ID: 105317