Melbourne in the moonlight: a nighttime kayak tour

Our writer enjoys a kayak tour with a difference, paddling through Melbourne on a warm evening as the city lights up
Plus other watery city tours

One by one, balls of flames shot up from the towers like mini-infernos, lighting up the city skyline and casting a warm orange glow across the water below. We could hear the mighty whoosh each time the flames rose, followed by a hum of appreciation from the watching crowds lining the riverbank. The nightly fireball display in front of the Crown Casino has become a key feature of Melbourne’s night scene, and we had the best seats in the house. Only thing was, we couldn’t keep them still. That’s the trouble with kayaks.

That morning we had cycled along the bank of the Yarra river, dodging office workers with their iPods and lattes, admiring the architecture and soaking up the city vibe. But now we were seeing Melbourne’s hub from a whole different perspective on a Moonlight Kayak tour, one of the city’s more unusual sightseeing experiences. Under cover of darkness, we paddled silently up the Yarra like secret agents, passing under the bridges unseen. It was magical.

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