Most cruises ply the Yarra River and the upper reaches of Port Phillip Bay (called Hobsons Bay) between St Kilda and Williamstown at the mouth of the Yarra. A cruise on the western suburbs’ Maribyrnong River reveals a side of Melbourne tourists don’t usually get to see, and contrary to local (eastern suburbs) prejudices, it is not all factory yards and oil-storage containers either. The main departure points in the city for cruises along the Yarra River are Federation Wharf, at the southern end of Federation Square, Southgate and, further west, Williamstown. All cruises run weather permitting; in the cooler months (May–Sept) the last scheduled departures of the day may be cancelled.

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