Murray Princess Cruise

8 day Cruise - from £1175

Departs from Adelaide

This seven night South Australian outback cruise is a unique historic and nature based adventure through ancient gorges and red gum forests, past towering sandstone cliffs and exploring historic ports, local vineyards and nature trails.

Highlights:

  • Guided nature walks
  • Wine tasting at an Australian cellar door
  • Spot ancient Aboriginal carvings
  • Choice of bocce or fishing challenges
  • Bush walk with the Captain

Your Cruise

The ultimate 7 night cruise on the beautiful and historic Murray River aboard a traditional paddlewheeler. Admire the diverse fauna and flora, indigenous history and culture 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 en suite bathrooms, electric blankets and daily servicing.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Caurnamont

(Monday) Depart Adelaide on the complimentary coach transfer and travel to historic Mannum where your 7 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 you cruise under floodlight to the overnight mooring at Caurnamont you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. 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 - Blanchetown

Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific bird life includes pelicans, wrens and swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water.

This afternoon moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for your overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, join a guided tour of Burk Salter Winery and surrounding vineyard and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars.

There is more entertainment to enjoy after another delicious on board dinner.

Day 3 - Sunnydale

After breakfast cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers.

The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River (additional cost). Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (Gold coin donation at entry).

Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation.

Arrive at Sunnydale where it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show and learn about typical Australian woolshed history. Later 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.

An optional Nocturnal tour by a comfortable purpose built cart is available after dinner (additional cost).

Day 4 - Younghusband

After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, the Murray Princess will slowly cruise downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. Arrive at the 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 tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area.

Return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. Tonight, the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.

Day 5 - Mundurra

Today the paddlewheeler will leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast, you may choose to discover Australia’s richest and best-known wine making region – the Barossa.

Depart Mannum by coach to the famous Barossa, the beautiful ‘valley of the vine’ and the source of about a quarter of Australia’s world-renowned wines. You will visit Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre,

Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, enjoy a 2 course lunch at Lambert Estate where you’ll have time to take in the views of this popular vineyard. Your final stop is is Gully Gardens at Angaston, a local producer of dried fruits and confectionery before returning to the PS Murray Princess at Mannum and cruising towards our overnight mooring at Mundurra.

Day 6 - Salt Bush Flat

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 choose to experience Monarto Zoo will arrive back on board the Murray Princess in time for lunch before a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland.

This afternoon, continue our journey upriver and tonight moor at Salt Bush Flat. After dinner, enjoy being entertained by the talented crew

Day 7 - 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 the PS Murray Princess departs and cruises downriver.

Near Fromms Landing the Murray Princess will head downriver to River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat / Coolcha) where your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, 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 8 - Mannum & Adelaide

We head back to Mannum and after breakfast, we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.

8 day Cruise - from £1175

Options

  • Upgrade to a Stateroom from £1979
  • Upgrade to a Outside Cabin from £1485
  • Upgrade to a Double Bed from £120

Optional Tours

  • Monarto Zoo Wildlife Tour from £36
  • Barossa Wine & Heritage Tour from £98

Departures

Departs selected Mondays at 16:30 from Mannum. Complimentary transfers from Adelaide depart from 13:30 from a choice of central locations.

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Price shown is per person based on twin inside cabin. Stateroom12 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.

7 Night Murray Princess

YOUR CRUISING EXPERIENCE

Delightful small ship cruising with plenty of on-shore activities and excursions. Enjoying a cruise will be the highlight of your Australia holiday.

Your cruise includes:

  • 7 nights cabin accommodation on board the Murray Princess
  • All meals, morning and afternoon teas
  • Return scenic transfers from Adelaide
  • On board nightly entertainment
  • On shore excursions
  • Guided nature walks and excursion
  • Captain’s Dinner & Dance

Facilities:

  • Two air-conditioned lounges and dining room
  • Comprehensive resource library
  • Sundeck
  • On board shop
  • Guest laundry
  • Lift facilities
  • Gym with exercise equipment
  • Complimentary WiFi

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