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"Escape the busy city streets and let the unique perspective of our scenic river cruises captivate and inspire"

Classic Steamboat Cruises are available 7 days a week for private charters, including but not limited to riverfront event spaces, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, birthday parties and wedding events.

Exciting Melbourne River Cruises

Would you like to explore the Yarra River views of Melbourne aboard a Classic Riverboat?

At Classic Steamboat Cruises, our goal is to craft an unforgettable experience using vessels made by hand using traditional skills and materials. Today’s world is moving at a tremendous pace and occasionally it’s important to experience the simple things in life! We all enjoy a trip out on the water and this proven past time over of hundreds of years is today with Classic Steamboat Cruises. Your experience starts as soon as you step aboard soaking up the boat’s visual surrounds and smell’s. Oiled timber and polished brass feature throughout. A fascinating journey awaits you.

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Yarra River Cruise in Melbourne

Our mission is to make every cruise experience the best we can, be it a 1hour public cruise with commentary or a longer Private Charter. Our boats have a maximum of 35 passengers, so a more personal outing is easily catered for. We have different cruise packages to choose from, giving you the flexibility to explore the City’s waterways on your own terms. You can select from any of the following cruise’s based on your preference.

A Unique Experience Awaits You Aboard Our Cruise

Our private packages are put together with little fuss to create the best Classic Cruises has to offer. Whether you want to book a public river cruise, private event or transfer. connect with us and we will be happy to understand your requirement’s and tailor a plan that best suits you.

Why Choose Our Service?

Classic Steamboat Cruises has been operating from South Gate since 2002 and is family owned and operated. Hamish loves his boats and will answer the phone and your questions, he may even be your Captain! Classic Cruises has a relaxed style that people appreciate and enjoy so whether you are a local or from abroad, there are various reasons to choose our River Cruise Experience.

  • Easy Option
  • Style and Type of vessel
  • Emphasis on Safety and Comfort of our guests
  • Various cruise options to choose from
  • Departure from different locations
  • Meandering cruises to give you the best look at Melbourne
  • BYO welcome
  • Our rates are hard to beat
Book a Cruise With Us Today!

Keeping it simple is sometimes best and that’s what we are all about at Classic Steamboat Cruises! We are here to make every experience special because we understand word of mouth and would like you to tell friends and return in the future. Whilst out on the river you can make the most of your time onboard, and can consider the boat yours! We are aware that there are many operators on the river system to choose from, but our style of boat and operation is a little different and we would be delighted to help you choose the best package or public cruise. Get in touch with us today to discover and book one of our cruise options. Hope to see you on the river! Call now on 0425 779 473 or use the form located on the Come Alongside page within this website.

FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions)

 Are kids allowed onboard?

Yes kids are allowed onboard, our boats are very safe and ideal for kids. When booking arrange for a drive of the boat to receive a certificate as Helmsman.

Do you have children's life jackets?

Yes children’s life jackets are available upon request, just ask for these when boarding. Adult life jackets are always stowed onboard.

Can reservations be rescheduled or cancelled?

Reservations can be rescheduled free of charge up until 48 hours before trip, though cannot be cancelled without loosing your deposit. You can often extend your booking whilst underway and we will accomodate your request if we can.


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