Functions & Events

City River Cruises offers a unique and most memorable environment to experience those special moments in your social calendar. Functions and event cruises are available for private and individual bookings so you can experience your special day in the most special way cruising through Melbourne with City River Cruises.

Whether cruising to the race that stops the nation – the Melbourne Cup, celebrating a birthday or engagement, winding up the year with a Christmas or New Years’ Eve party, or leaving the right impression with a unique corporate event, our function and event packages are sure to create lasting memories!

We have a number of packages available for special bookings, corporate events, birthdays and more.

  • Spring Racing Carnival: Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day, Stakes Day
  • Christmas Functions
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks Vantage Cruise
  • Private transfers / ferry
  • Corporate events
  • Parties & Celebrations
  • Special Dates (Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Moomba)
  • Packages

Spring Racing Carnival Cruises: Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day, Stakes Day

Imagine cruising to Derby Day, The Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day and Stakes Day at Flemington in luxury. Mingling, drinking, enjoying great company, excellent food and friendly service, all while watching the city skyline, parks and gardens drift past. There’s no better, faster or safer way to experience Melbourne’s world famous Spring Racing Carnival!

Christmas Functions

Nothing says “Merry Christmas” better than a luxurious Christmas River Cruise Party with City River Cruises. Various corporate and private packages are available and Christmas Parties are our speciality. We book out fast during the festive season so get in quick and reserve your Christmas cruise with us!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Vantage Cruise

Frequently listed in the top 5 of Must Do Things in Melbourne, a New Year’s Eve Yarra River Cruise places you at the heart of the celebrations. Hundreds of thousands of people line the banks of the Yarra to watch the early and midnight fireworks but nothing beats the breathtaking vantage point of the back deck of City River Cruises’ Melba Star. Share your experience with someone special!

Private Transfers / Ferry

Let us get you to your destination in a manner that your guests deserve. You’ll definitely set the mood with a river ferry to your event entertaining your guests with fine wines, food, drinks, music and the breathtaking views that only cruising on the Yarra will allow you and your guests to experience. Various transfer packages are available.

Corporate Events

Thinking of something different? Want to get the troops out of the office and into an environment that stimulates them and gets them thinking outside the box? Looking for a special place to make an announcement or launch a new product or service? Nothing beats a corporate event aboard the Melba Star. Let us help you create the best water cooler moments!

Parties and Celebrations

After literally thousands of birthday parties, engagement parties, weddings, anniversaries, surprise parties and more we can confidently say that nothing beats celebrating your special event with City River Cruises. Multiple packages are available and we cater for up to 160 passengers.

Special Dates

Special days require special treatment. Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, EOFY, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving and more bring you the opportunity to show your loved ones, family, friends and colleagues what they mean to you. Leave a mark on your calendar you’ll never forget and celebrate with us.


City River Cruises offers a choice of packages for all occasions and events. Be it a corporate function, wedding, birthday party or any other special event, City River Cruises will ensure your cruise on the Melba Star will be a truly memorable experience.