5 of the best Melbourne river & dinner cruises

by Chris Newens  |  Published February 17, 2020

There are coastal cities and there are river cities, and Melbourne, despite literally being on the ocean is very much a member of the latter. So much of this Australian cultural mecca is defined by the Yarra river, which winds its way through many of the essential sites of the city.

Unsurprisingly, a whole industry has grown up offering cruises along its length, which grant some of the best primers to the shape and character of this fascinating city that are available. From the town’s original historic port settlement past elegant gardens and through the bustling high rises of its CBD, a journey of contrasts and wonderful sights is guaranteed. And what better to combine it with than a meal? Melbourne, after all, is a melting pot of world cuisine, and culinary capital of the continent. Try out some of our suggestions below to test the sentiment that everything really is better if you do it on a boat.