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Wheels and Water Tour of Melbourne: Danderong Ranges, Scenic Cruise


Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    1 Apr - 30 Sep: Daily except Wednesday & Friday
    1 Oct - 31 Mar: Daily

  • Duration

    Approx. 5.5 hours (River Cruise: 1 hour)

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to Melbourne River Cruises booth located at Federation Square, near Princes Bridge

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early.

  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point.

Key Highlights

  • Experience the beautiful forests and diverse bird life of the Dandenong ranges
  • A cruise on the Yarra River is one of the best ways to see Melbourne
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!


See Melbourne by coach and cruise in this well-rounded introduction to the city. Explore the quiet, rain-slicked forests and colorful gardens of the Dandenongs Range. 

Sip on a cup of local tea while parrots eat from your palm and keep an eye out for the mythical kookaburra in the trees of Sherbrooke Forest. Pass by all of Melbourne’s most famous sights, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Shrine of Remembrance and Queen Victoria Market.

Take a peaceful one-hour river on the Yarra River for a singular view of the Melbourne skyline.


  • The tour starts from the Melbourne Day Tour Centre from where you will be picked up by an air-conditioned coach for this Wheels and water tour of Melbourne. Drive to the banks of the Yarra River, where you’ll embark on a one-hour scenic cruise. Admire Melbourne’s waterfront attractions and snap a picture of rocky banks adorned with rushes and sedges. Pass by Polly Woodside, a restored iron baroque ship dating from 1885, and enjoy great views of the Westgate Bridge. After returning to port you’ll re-board your air-conditioned coach for a tour of Melbourne’s can’t-miss sights. Visit the Dandenong Ranges, where you’ll see flourishing traditional gardens and towering forests of Mountain Ash. Explore Sherbrooke Forest in the heart of the Dandenongs, where you might spot kookaburras and bellbirds alighting on the boughs of stately eucalyptus trees. Enjoy a cup of Devonshire Tea and seize the chance to hand-feed Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots as you are provided with the seeds. Drive to the Mt. Dandenong Summit for spectacular photo opportunities of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. Your will also drive by the following sites in and around Melbourne: St Paul's Cathedral and Flinders Street Station, Arts and Cultural Centre, Kings Domain Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance, Fashionable suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak, Melbourne's green and leafy eastern suburbs, Views of Silvan Dam and the rolling hills, Old Melbourne Gaol, Queen Victoria Market, Law Courts and Flagstaff Gardens, Chinatown, Fitzroy Gardens and St Patrick's Cathedral. The tour ends at the starting point.


  • Transportation by an air-conditioned coach
  • 1-hour Yarra river cruise
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Devonshire Tea
  • GPS Commentary in Mandarin and Japanese
  • Complimentary GPS devices


  • Gratuities

Please note

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

You must call the local activity operator and pre book your GPS devices to reserve them for you. 

Customer Reviews

  • 4
    It was enjoyable n worthwhile!
    06/14/2013 Maggie Huang, Singapore

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