Stakes Day | Transfer Package


$165.00 / per adult

Stakes Day | Transfer Package | 2024

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Melbourne River Cruises during the 2024 Melbourne Cup Carnival. Our luxury cruise, departing from Southgate Berth 2, will take you on a scenic 90-minute Morning Transfer along the Maribyrnong River, culminating in a drop-off at Flemington Race Course. Indulge in a premium experience with morning tea on the way there, a well-stocked bar, delectable finger foods, and live race viewing on TV on the Return Transfer journey. To make this experience even more memorable, we are introducing themed decorations, exciting photo opportunities, and private packages available on other vessels.

  • Departure: TBA from Southgate Berth 2
  • Drop-off at Flemington Race Course: TBA
  • Return: TBA
  • Drop Off TBA

Early Bird Pricing:

  • Stakes Day: $165 (Round Trip)

Regular Pricing:

  • Stakes Day: $185 (Round Trip)

Event Dates are Non-Refundable.

  • Morning Tea (Morning Transfer): Tea, Coffee, Danish, Muffins, Quiches, Croissants
  • Premium Bar: Sparkling, Red and White Wine, Beer
  • Live Race Watching :TV screens on board for an immersive experience
  • 4 Items of Finger Foods and Canapes & Cheese Platter (Return Transfer)
  • Luxury Cruiser: Enjoy the journey in comfort with fantastic views
  • Crown Casino Drop-off: Optional drop-off on the way back

Themed Decorations:

Immerse yourself in the Melbourne Cup Carnival spirit with our specially curated themed decorations. Experience the thrill of the races from the moment you step on board.

Photo Opportunities:

Capture the excitement with designated photo spots adorned with Melbourne Cup Carnival-themed props. Dress up, strike a pose, and take home memorable snapshots of this unique event.

Optional Add-Ons:

Spirit Package: Purchase premium spirits or add a spirit package for $30 each way.

Ticket Kiosk & Departure Locations

Below is a list of our all our key locations:

Locations Address Purchase Tickets Departure Location Map Hours Of Operation
Southgate BERTH 1, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006 | Cruising Restaurant NO YES Click Here | Google Maps 9:30AM to 3:00PM (MON-SUN)
Southgate BERTH 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006 YES YES Click Here | Google Maps 10:00AM to 3:30PM (MON-SUN)
Federation Wharf BERTH 3 BERTH 4 & BERTH 5, Federation Wharf (Princes Walk), Melbourne VIC 3000 YES YES Click Here 10:00AM to 3:30PM (MON-SUN)
Head Office VAULT 11, Banana Alley, 367 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 YES No 9:00AM to 5:00PM (MON-FRI)
Williamstown GEM PIER, 1 Syme Street, Williamstown VIC 3016 No YES Click Here N/A

Click Here For Departure Times And Fare Information

Wilson Parking offers secure car parking and are located in Southgate Ave, just a short walk from our departure point.

Unfortunately, our vessels (including the on-board restrooms) are not wheelchair accessible and we do not have the facilities to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Passengers must be able to manage stairs to board and disembark the vessel on there own or be assisted by their carers only as our staff are not permitted to assist (by carrying any passengers for boarding) in any way.


We do not offer bookings for groups less then 15 guests for our sightseeing cruises however you are able to purchase a prepaid voucher from our website.

Please note that this does not secure a time or a date and we do recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to the cruise time you are after to secure your spot.

Yes, as our schedule is subject to weather and tidal conditions you will need to call us from 9.45am on the morning of your preferred cruise date. Please call 03 8610 2600

Yes. Spending the day is Williamstown is a great way to see a different part of Melbourne. Return times are 1 hour after the ferry leaves the City but must be confirmed on the day.

You will find us located across from the Langham Hotel on the rivers edge.

All beverages as listed are included and served throughout the cruise.

We ask that guests please arrive no later than 7.15pm for boarding.
Please note that our cruise will leave at 7.30pm sharp and will not wait for late guests.

The Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant cruises up river, passing the Botanical Gardens and sporting stadiums.
Please note that our cruise path is subject to weather and tidal conditions.

We operate our dinner cruise Thursdays to Sundays at 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Alternative days can be arranged for groups of 15+

Wilson Parking offers secure car parking and are located in Southgate Ave, just a short walk from our departure point.

The Spirit of Melbourne can accommodate up to 90 passengers and the floor plan is designed for the bookings that evening. Each booking will have their own table, large groups of 15 or more may be split across two tables.

Yes we do welcome children on board. In the interest of other guests children must remain seated at all times.

Please see our menu for details. Much of our menu is Gluten Free and we also offer vegetarian catering.

Smart casual.

Unlike the ocean the Yarra River is very calm and flat. It is very unlikely that travelling on our vessels will cause any motion sickness.

Cakes can be purchased at a cost. At least 7 days notice is required to order these items. Call us for sizes and pricing.


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