Snaking its way through the heart of the Melbourne, the sepia-coloured Yarra River is one of the stars of the Melbourne Laneways & Waterways tour. Before you take to water, first celebrate the city’s unique laneway and market culture.

Begin your tour with a visit to the Queen Victoria or South Melbourne market, each offering insight into Melbourne’s famed liveability. Wander bustling meat, fish, and dairy halls sampling fresh oysters, artisanal cheeses and pastries, or browse unique, locally designed merchandise.

Take in the vibrant Arts precinct, Flinders Street Station and the grand Victorian civic buildings of Spring Street before setting off on foot to explore Melbourne’s labyrinth of laneways and arcades. Browse the boutiques of Block and Royal Arcades, admire Hosier Lane’s urban art scene or simply take a moment to soak up the Continental energy and atmosphere of Centre Place.

Step on board your private cruise, sit back and enjoy lunch with a glass of Australian sparkling wine as you glide along the Yarra River. Marvel at the magnificent skyline from a very different angle, with the gleaming new Docklands precinct, Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens as your dramatic backdrop.

Melbourne laneway tours are a great way to explore the city and coupled with a cruise on the Yarra River Acacia’s Laneways & Waterways tour is the perfect day out for visitors to Melbourne.

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  • Produce tasting at the bustling Queen Victoria or South Melbourne Market (Tuesday – Sunday)
  • Uncover street art and hidden gems in Melbourne’s vibrant laneways precinct
  • Private river cruise taking in the sights of Melbourne including Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Royal Botanic Gardens, Southbank, Docklands and more
  • Cruising lunch of gourmet sandwiches, cheese and fruit platter served with Australian beer, wine and soft drinks


  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private river cruise (Approx. 1-hour)
  • Light lunch with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


10:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address (Start time is flexible)


Approx. 5 hours