7-Night Murraylands & Wildlife Cruise
Enjoy leisurely cruising 320kms of the heart of the great Murray River, between Murray Bridge and the area around Lock 1, and the breathtaking riverlands of South Australia. PS Murray Princess
|Rates – 01 April 2013 to 31 March 2014
|All rates in AUD per person
|Barossa Valley Tour
- Fuel Surcharge of AU$10 per person per night (under 3 years free of charge) payable onboard the vessel.
|Mannum South Australia
|Boarding from 2.30pm
|4.30pm Mon & Fri
|9.00am Mon & Fri
|Special cruise timetables operate on selected dates Coach transfer departs Quality Rockford Hotel Adelaide (164 Hindley St) Mon & Fri 2.00pm. Returns Quality Rockford Hotel Adelaide Mon & Fri 12.00 noon.
Friday: Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. As you cruise under floodlight to your overnight mooring at Craignook you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, Murray longnecked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. (Their on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.)
Saturday: Go ashore after a hearty breakfast for a guided nature walk to discover the local flora and fauna. You reboard and head upriver, past big river cliffs which tower 90 metres over you, and an ever-changing countryside. At the 207km mark you’ll turn and head downriver to Piggy Flat where you will join their discovery vessel for a backwater wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, you will explore the maze of backwaters, creeks and lagoons. The birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges. After dinner enjoy the fun and excitement of the Murray River Cup.
Sunday: Bring your camera, you’re going ashore to capture the dawn light, a special time on the river. As you leave Piggy Flat breakfast is served. Enjoy a morning talk about the riverlands’ bountiful food and wine trail. After lunch you’ll reach the Pomberuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Murray Bridge. The river has been a source of life for indigenous people of the riverlands, including Australia’s largest aboriginal community, the Ngarrindjeri people. Visit the Pomberuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you will be treated to a dramatic dance performance and encounter, Ngurunderi – an ancestral being, whose battle with the Murray Cod created the Ngarrindjeri world. Your ship departs for Mundarra. Join the Captain and officers for pre-dinner drinks and then the Captain’s Dinner & Dance.
Monday: After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where you will join their coach tour to the famous Barossa Valley, the beautiful ‘valley of the vine’ and source of about a quarter of Australia’s world-renowned wines. You’ll visit three premium wineries and enjoy lunch before returning to your ship at Mannum. Depart 4.30pm and moor overnight at Caurnamont.
Tuesday: Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, blue wrens and black swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Big Bend where you will rendezvous with their vineyard coach tour. This afternoon visit Burk Salter’s vineyard on the banks of the river and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door. Rejoin Murray Princess at Swan Reach and cruise upriver to your overnight anchorage. Tonight is fancy dress night on board. (Bring your own or hire one.) They also have their famous musical quiz.
Wednesday: After breakfast join a guided nature walk, then cruise downriver to Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel. Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum.
Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation. You’ll arrive at Sunnydale. All ashore for the Woolshed Sound & Light Show as they recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later you’ll visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. And then, of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue – cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. After dinner, join them on a nocturnal eco-tour by tractor and cart.
Thursday: After breakfast the ship cruises slowly downstream past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. You reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time – tens of thousands of years – for a guided boardwalk to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area.
You return to the ship to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. You’ll pass large billabongs, open expanses of water, surrounded by cliffs and reeds. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet. Dress up and dance, if you wish.
Friday: You’ll leave Younghusband & head home to Mannum. Reluctantly, you’ll say farewell as you arrive at Mannum Wharf.