3 Night Murray River Discovery Cruise
A short introduction to the beautiful and historic Murray River between Walkers Flat and Murray Bridge. Aboard the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, you will cruise through spectacular riverlands and enjoy the great variety of flora and fauna.
You will take a nature walk, a backwater wildlife tour by small vessel, visit the township of Murray Bridge, as well as learn about the food and wine of this famous region.
Day One - Friday
Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundarra you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray longnecked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.
Day Two - Saturday
In 1879 the first bridge to span the Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing, which quickly became the bustling township of Murray Bridge. After a hearty breakfast. join a guided tour of the town's historic landmarks and local attractions. This afternoon we begin our journey upriver, mooring at Craignook overnight, where dinner and all the fun and excitement of the Murray River Cup awaits.
Day Three - Sunday
All ashore for the guided nature walk where your guide will share the secrets of the local flora and fauna. It's a great way to get in a little exercise before Murray Princess departs for the big river gorges and 90 metre cliffs of the upper river. Mid-morning join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the river lands.
At the 205km mark we turn and head downriver to River View Lodge where your discovery vessel awaits for a backwater wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river. The birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river's muddy edges. Late afternoon, photography enthusiasts have a great opportunity to capture a spectacular river sunset, before joining the Captain and Officers for pre-dinner drinks and the finale Captain's Dinner and Dance.
Day Four - Monday
After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where we reluctantly say farewell.
Optional Barossa Valley Tour (additional cost)
Discover Australia's richest and best known wine making region – the Barossa Valley. Depart Mannum by coach. The tour includes three premium wineries, lunch and free time in Tanunda before returning directly to Adelaide approx. 5.30pm. Drop off is available at Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.
Down-river bio-diverse lowlands focus
Spectacular cliffs and gorges
Backwater wildlife boat tour
Guided tour & nature walk
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2020 - 2021 season. The 2020 - 2021 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021. The 2021 - 2022 season rates commence on the 1st April 2021.