Golden Hour Cruises


$45.00 / per child
  • Upstream & Downstream Cruise
  • 1 hour 15 minutes cruise
  • Bar on board
  • Brief Commentary
  • Limited availability

Golden Hour Cruise

Duration: 1 hours 15 Minutes approx.

Experience the magic of the “golden hour” aboard our extraordinary Golden Hour Cruise with Melbourne River Cruises. Step aboard our elegant river cruise vessel and embark on a breathtaking journey that showcases Melbourne’s stunning scenery at its most radiant and captivating time of day.

The Golden Hour Cruise offers a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Whether you’re seeking a romantic outing, a moment of tranquillity, or an opportunity to capture stunning photographs, this cruise promises to create lasting memories and leave you in awe of Melbourne’s radiant beauty.

As you soak in the awe-inspiring vistas, indulge in a selection of delightful refreshments available at our on-board bar. Enjoy a glass of fine wine, or choose from a range of non-alcoholic beverages, all while savouring the serene ambiance with our on board speakers playing music to enhance your golden hour experience.


Adult / Child Golden Hour
Adult (13+) $59.00
Child (2-12) $45.00

Departure Times

Dates Departure Time
NOV – MAR 7:00PM

Valid for set dates only:
Nov: Friday & Sunday
Dec: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Jan: Thursday to Sunday (Including 1st of January) *Please note: January cruises will depart 15 minutes later than usual due to varying sunset times.
Feb: Thursday to Sunday
Mar: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

As the sun begins its descent, head downstream into Victoria Harbor Docklands passing crown casino, South Wharf, providing photo opportunities with the Bolte Bridge backdrop.

As you indulge in the golden hues of the setting sun, head upstream past the city cruising through Southgate & Federation Square up to the MCG, offering photo opportunities at Swan Bridge with pink lights.

On-board, our attentive crew members are ready to cater to your every need, ensuring your comfort and enjoyment throughout the cruise. Sit back and relax on the open-air deck or find a cozy spot inside the vessel, allowing yourself to fully immerse in the beauty that surrounds you.

Please click on “Book Now” to confirm real-time availabilities.

Departure Point Map

MAP – Southbank Promenade – Berth 2 Southgate

Important Information

  • Departs from our Ticket Kiosk located at Southbank Promenade at Berth 2
  • All online Ticket purchases require the Passenger(s) to produce evidence of the Ticket(s) upon arrival.
  • Check-in at the Ticket Kiosk 15 Minutes prior to the Departure Time.
  • Sightseeing Departure Times change daily and are subject to tidal and weather conditions and major event days.

At Melbourne River Cruises, we understand that plans may change. Therefore, we have crafted a cancellation policy to provide flexibility and convenience for our valued customers. Please review the following points:

Online Booking Management:

  • Customers have the convenience to go online and manage their bookings up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure time. Cancellation or Rebooking within 24 Hours:
  • Cancel or rebook your sightseeing cruise up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure time without incurring any additional charges.
  • No Refunds for No Shows or Changes After 24 Hours:
  • Unfortunately, no refunds will be issued for no-shows or changes made after the 24-hour window prior to the scheduled departure time.
  • Refund or Credit for Operator Cancellation:
  • In the event of operator cancellation due to adverse weather conditions or operational issues, customers will be entitled to a full refund or credit.

Important Notes:

  • Cancellations and rebooking requests can be easily managed through our online platform for your convenience. No refunds will be provided for no-shows or changes made after the specified 24-hour period.

We prioritize safety and operational efficiency; hence, cancellations by the operator due to weather or operational issues will result in a full refund or credit for customers.

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 VAULT 10, 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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