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Murray River Cruise (from Adelaide: 5 days)

5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,114

Step aboard Murray Princess and experience the ultimate outback riverboat adventure. Explore a timeless landscape, observe native wildlife close at hand and visit historic river ports.

Departing from the Festival City of Adelaide, this luxurious cruise down Australia’s most famous river offers a unique perspective on the region’s culture and wildlife.

Keep an eye out for nocturnal animals on the riverbank, which may include grey kangaroos, wombats and echidnas, then join your guide the following day for a nature walk and backwater wildlife tour. Small groups ensure you get the most of this opportunity to explore the hidden jewels of the Murray River, then learn about the River’s significance to the indigenous people at Pomberuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre.


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5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,114


Day 1

Depart Mannum

Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Caurnamont you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Day 2

Murray River Cruise

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, 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 we moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, we join a guided tour of Burk Salter Boutique Winery and surrounding vineyard and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our "Murray River Cup".

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Murray River Cruise

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.

When we arrive at Sunnydale, it's all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we 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 (additional cost) in a comfortable purpose built cart is available after dinner where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Murray River Cruise

After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, we slowly cruise 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 the area.

We return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic tender boat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular farewell Captain's Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Arrive Mannum and Disembark

We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


Departs from Mannum (includes coach transfer from Adelaide) on Mondays at 4.30pm, returning Friday at 9.00am (if taking coach to/from Adelaide the timings will vary)


  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated
  • 24 hours self-service tea and coffee
  • An exciting selection of onshore tours
  • Onboard presentations
  • Use of gym
  • Captains Spectacular Buffet Dinner
  • Live entertainment
  • Complimentary coach transfers from Adelaide or car parking in Mannum if self-driving


  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically mentioned
  • Drinks unless indicated
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

11 Mar 2024
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