Sustainability Initiatives

The story of the Yarra River is the story of Melbourne

The Yarra River is a well-known river essential to Melbourne’s personality and identity. The Yarra, in our perspective, is a state treasure that supports Melbourne’s viability, liveability, and prosperity.

As a business that thrives because of this iconic waterway, Melbourne River Cruises ensures sustainable practices to maintain and improve the waterway’s health. We take it into our own hands to raise awareness and educate our passengers on the environmental values of keeping the river clean. We set a range of measures to protect the fragile ecosystem and reduce pollution incurred by human activities.

Melbourne River Cruises is certified through Ecotourism Australia’s world leading ecotourism certification program. This means that when
you cruise with us, you are supporting a business that is backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high-quality nature based tourism experiences. The ECO Certification logo means that you are guaranteed to be part of a genuine and authentic nature experience.

The Yarra serves as one of Melbourne’s most valuable public asset, bringing people together and fostering a connection with our city’s natural systems. It is our vision to encourage the community’s use of and access to the river, which supports Melbourne’s economic prosperity and visitability. Indeed, our many river cruise services fully showcase a unique perspective of the Yarra, the river’s surrounding parklands, and the tourist attractions, especially their cultural and heritage values. We proudly acknowledge Victoria’s Aboriginal communities and their rich culture and pay respect to their Elders, past and present. We understand the Wurundjeri people’s spiritual connection to the Yarra River, as we will grasp every opportunity to tell the tale of the Yarra’s rich and meaningful history. Our live commentary on the cruises intends to communicate the heritage of significant infrastructures and natural landscapes. Thus, passing on our genuine appreciation of the Yarra River.

Our commitment to sustainability does not stop here. In an effort to create minimal impact on the environment, we executed “no plastic” policies on all our cruises – utilising only recyclable and natural products since 2021. Moreover, we strictly adhere to the local Council’s recycling programs. On our Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise, we make an effort to source local produce to encourage local businesses.

At Melbourne River Cruises, We are dedicated to a sustainable future and enhancing the community’s social, economic, and environmental well-being. We are committed to making environmental changes that promote a sustainable future and result in social and economic advancements in the community where we conduct business.

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