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Melbourne on the Water

boat rental in Yarra River Melbourne
Melbourne on the Water

The water awaits! Dive into our top tips for making the most of summer days by the Yarra River during a Melbourne getaway.

On A Boat

Departing from WTC Wharf, along the riverfront outside Crowne Plaza Melbourne, On A Boat will have you sailing off and experiencing Melbourne’s spectacular Yarra River and city skyline views from aboard a boat skippered by you! Have a blast on Melbourne’s waterways and enjoy the scenery as you drift along the Yarra River under your own steam. Anyone can captain the user-friendly electric boats; you don’t need a boat licence to skipper yourself.

If sitting back while someone else steers is more your style, skippered cruises are always available and will have you experiencing the very best of Melbourne with your own private tour guide.

On A Boat is perfect for the whole family.

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Arbory Afloat

Arbory Afloat will this season have you transported to the exotic Turquoise Coast in Turkey on board the floating bar. The laidback and chic aesthetic offers a vibrant inner-city oasis that may just be the hottest place to mix and mingle this summer.

The Turkish vibes don’t stop at the décor, with a menu of classic and contemporary Turkish dishes on offer, that are complemented by a sublime list of wine producers and refreshing cocktails. Sit back and enjoy the tunes as you picture yourself soaking up the Middle Eastern sun.

If you’re convinced this is the vibe for you, pop on your Sunday best and wander down to Arbory Afloat for an afternoon in the sun.

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Ponyfish Island

If a bar and the water’s edge fit your idea of an ideal summer, don’t miss a visit to Ponyfish Island. And miss it you may if you don’t look closely enough. Nestled underneath Evan Walker Bridge in Southbank, you’ll spot Ponyfish Island. This place is an absolute vibe if cold tap beers, cocktails and pizza appeal to you.

On the water, find a spot under the bridge and settle in for a spectacular sunset on a perfect summer’s evening.

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Melbourne Zipline

Try something new this summer, like zip lining over the Yarra River.

The Firefly Zipline Melbourne is a pop-up, dual-line zipline experience that will run for 4 weeks this December [1-28 December, except Christmas Day] and will have you flying from Federation Square, over the river to Alexandra Gardens.

Nothing is more iconic than spending a Melbourne summer riverside and this year you can take it to a whole new level. The Firefly Zipline Melbourne will send you zipping over the Yarra River, enjoying views of the city, the MCG and Arts Centre, at speeds up to 40km/h. The line is 130m long and sits 9m above the ground. If you need a friend to help see you across to the other side, you can take-on the experience together on side by side lines.

As the first zipline experience in Melbourne and the first in Australia to take you over a major river, this is one water activity not to miss this summer.

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Melbourne River Cruises

Take to the water aboard a Melbourne River Cruise and meander past Melbourne CBD, picturesque gardens, parklands and iconic sporting areas or down towards the Port and Docklands. With a number of routes to choose from, set out on a picturesque journey through your favourite sights of Melbourne. See the city from a new perspective as your tour guide speaks to the many sights of this iconic destination.

Over summer Melbourne River Cruises run twilight and sunset cruises – the perfect way to soak in amazing views on a romantic evening out with your loved one.

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Complete your visit to Melbourne with the best views in the city from your Crowne Plaza Melbourne accommodation. You can view our latest special offers here.

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