A memorable experience on the beautiful and historic Murray River aboard a traditional paddlewheeler. Admire the diverse fauna and flora and sample some of the food and wine from this famous region.
With less than 120 guests, the Murray Princess provides a personal and intimate style of small ship cruising, exploring the ecosystem of Australia’s longest river by day and dining on delicious fresh produce by night. There is a choice of well appointed cabins ranging from the outside facing Stateroom, Outside Cabin and Inside Cabin. All have private ensuite bathrooms, electric blankets and daily servicing.
Day 1 - Mundurra
(Friday) Depart Adelaide on the complimentary coach transfer and travel to historic Mannum where you 3 night cruise will depart at 16:30. Learn about the significance of this quaint township as the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication as you head downriver whilst enjoying pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner.
As the Murray Princess paddles pound the calm waters watch out for the nocturnal wildlife on the banks of your floodlit overnight morring at Mundurra. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species.
Enjoy the evening entertainment and dance the night away before settling down in your private cabin.
Day 2 - Murray Bridge
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, choose to join a guided tour of the town’s historic landmarks and local attractions or go on a wildlife tour at Monarto Zoo (additional cost).
Those who chose to experience Monarto Zoo will arrive back on board the Murray Princess in time for lunch. Continue cruising upriver with a brief stop-over in Mannum for a fascinating visit to Mannum Dock Museum (additional cost) or some free time to explore the township.
The journey upriver continues towards the overnight mooring at Salt Bush Flat.
After dinner, enjoy being entertained by the talented crew.
Day 3 - River View Lodge
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 your fellow travellers in the Sturt Dining room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland.
Just after Fromms Landing, we turn and head downriver to River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat / Coolcha) where your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river and the birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges.
The afternoon offers a choice of bocce or fishing challenges before joining the Captain and Officers for the Farewell Dinner and Dance.
Day 4 - Mannum & Adelaide
Your cruise meanders its way back to Mannum and after breakfast, it is time to say a reluctant farewell as you arrive at the Mannum Wharf.
Complimentary coach transfers will then take you back to Adelaide city centre (11:30) or airport (12:00)
4 day Cruise - from £499
- Upgrade to a Outside Cabin from £162
- Upgrade to a Double Bed from £48
- Monarto Zoo Wildlife Tour from £34
- Barossa Wine & Heritage Tour from £89
Departs Friday at 16:30 from Mannum. Complimentary transfers from Adelaide depart from 13:30 from a choice of central locations.
Price shown based on twin inside cabin. Stateroom – 12 square metre cabin with double bed providing access to the outside deck walkway, Outside Cabin – 12 square metre cabin with twin bedding and opening out onto the outside deck walkway, Double Bed – Upgrade your Inside or Outside Twin Cabin to a double bed configuration. Call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability.