4-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler PS Murray Princess
Day 1: Adelaide to Mannum to join the PS Murray Princess
Stop At: Mannum, Mannum, South Australia
Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum,
birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication. Settle into your cabin, and perhaps head to the lounge and join fellow passengers for a relaxing departure drink.
Duration: 1 hour
• Dinner: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight mooring at Caurnamont - Outside Cabin on the PS Murray Princess
Day 2: Lock #1 and Burk Salter Boutique Winery
Pass By: Lock 1, Murray River, Blanchetown, South Australia Australia
Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through the first of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water on the Murray River.
Stop At: Burk Salter, Paisley 72 Paisley Rd, Blanchetown, South Australia 5357 Australia
This afternoon we moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown
for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, we
visit Burk Salter Boutique Winery and enjoy wine tasting at the
cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars.
Duration: 3 hours
• Dinner: After dinner join in the fun and excitement of the "Murray River Cup"
Accommodation included: Overnight mooring at Blanchetown - Outside Cabin on the PS Murray Princess
Day 3: Swan Reach and Sunnydale Woolshed Show
Stop At: Swan Reach, Swan Reach, Gippsland, Victoria
After breakfast we cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach.
The town was first settled in the 1850s, was originally the largest
of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to
native flower and fruit growers.
There's free time to visit the Museum or enjoy an ale or cappucino at the original Swan Reach Homestead, now the Swan Reach Hotel.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: River Murray, Murray Bridge SA 5254, Australia
When you arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed
Show to recreate some 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.
After dinner, there are two optional onshore tours to choose from
(additional cost). A Nocturnal Tour in a comfortable purpose-built
cart where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and
owls and the Dark Sky Night Tour where you will be taken to an
internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserve to observe the stars
of the Milky Way. Night viewing binoculars and a telescope with a
digital control locator are available plus a tablet to locate and name
what can be observed with the naked eye.
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight mooring at Sunnydale - Outside Cabin on PS Murray Princess
Day 4: Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve
Stop At: Ngaut Ngaut, Nildottie SA 5238, Australia
After an optional early morning Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional
cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, the vessel cruises slowly
downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions
of years. We 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 tour to
view ancient rock carvings and to learn about Aboriginal history in
Duration: 2 hours
• Breakfast: An optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (extra cost) is available this morning.
• Dinner: Tonight, join the Officers for complimentary pre-dinner drinks
(sparkling wine & soft drinks) before a delicious dinner.
Accommodation included: Overnight mooring at Younghusband - Outside Cabin on PS Murray Princess
Day 5: Younghusband to Mannum to Adelaide
Stop At: Mannum, Mannum, South Australia
This morning, leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After
breakfast reluctantly say farewell to the crew as you arrive at the
Mannum Wharf, for your coach transfer back to Adelaide.
Duration: 2 hours
No accommodation included on this day.
- 4x Breakfast
- 4x Dinner
- 3x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 4 nights
- Murray River cruise
- 4 nights on board accommodation in an Outside Cabin
- Food and wine tasting
- Wildlife spotting
- Scenic cruise and tendor boat ride
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Roundtrip coach transfers from Adelaide
- Entry/Admission - Burk Salter
- Entry/Admission - Ngaut Ngaut
- Drinks (available to purchase)
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- Lift access is available on board the PS Murray Princess
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
This was a most fantastic trip. Personally I have never wanted to go on a cruise but this was so
different. The staff and accom. was excellent and the food was something else. We loved all the
on shore and on board entertainment and have no complaints.
Also we have told our sister and brother in law about it and they are going to take a trip next year.
Thank you John and Val Knowles.
Our recent 4-night cruise on the Murray Princess from Mannum in South Australia was a very enjoyable experience. The vessel carries up to 120 passengers and was close to fully booked on our cruise.
Although they could not be classed ‘luxurious’, the tiny self-contained cabins were clean and comfortable with adequate storage for clothing however the beds rather hard.
The clientele would best be described as mature active, but provision is made for the less mobile. The three decks are serviced by a lift.
The food was uniformly excellent, though not conducive to maintaining a stable weight! The public bars and lounges were pleasant and spacious and the overall service was friendly and relaxed but efficient. The vessel is fully air conditioned.
On-shore activities such as a night-time bush barbeque, a vineyard visit and a trip to a wool shed are included and surprisingly interesting.
One of the outstanding experiences is a visit to the Nagut Nagut Aboriginal Reserve, where archaeological investigations at the base of the towering cliffs have uncovered relics of occupation more than 10,000 years old and where members of the river-side tribes can explain the significance of ancient rock engravings which depict the river animals. A climb to the top of the massive cliffs gives spectacular views and takes you into another harsher desert environment which also shows evidence of its previous inhabitants.
The only caveat we would mention is that it can be extremely hot during the high summer months with a possibility of day-time temperatures above 40C.
The cruise was fantastic. The food was great and the staff helpful. the room was small but comfortable.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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