Murray River Cruise

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5 days | Departs year round –
Indulge in a lunch at the Mercure Grosvenor before travelling to Mannum to board the Murray Princess. Sail down the beautiful Murray River in South Australia to Blanchetown.

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  • Visit the historic town of Mannum
  • Have fun at the Captain’s Dinner & Dance
  • Cruise through Lock 1 at Blanchetown
  • Tour the vineyard & visit the cellar door at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
  • Take a guided walking tour of the Swan Reach township
  • See the towering sandstone cliffs at the Big Bend
  • Watch the Sunnydale Woolshed Show & go to the Native Wildlife Shelter
  • Enjoy a riverside Aussie BBQ
  • Explore the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites
  • Delight in a scenic tender boat ride
  • Return flights to & from Adelaide (as required)
  • Coach transfers from Adelaide to Mannum
  • All meals whilst onboard the PS Murray Princess
  • An exciting selection of onshore tours
  • 4 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) & 4 dinners (D)

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Pre-Tour Arrangements for Interstate Travellers

Fly from your homeport to the city of Adelaide, South Australia on the day before your tour begins. A transfer will take you to your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of your day is at leisure for you to explore the city.

There’s plenty to see and do in Adelaide – why not take a tour of the famous Adelaide Oval, a stroll down Rundle Mall or take a short tram ride to the seaside suburb of Glenelg. If you are arriving in Adelaide in the morning, you may also wish to take a half day tour to the McLaren Vale wine region or to the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Tonight, we recommend dining at one of the many restaurants in the city or in the seaside suburb of Glenelg.

❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar (1 night)

Day 1 – Adelaide to Mannum, Board Murray Princess (LD)

Enjoy lunch with your fellow travellers at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel this afternoon. Then, board a coach for your trip through the Adelaide Hills to the old river port of Mannum. Board the PS Murray Princess paddlewheeler on arrival.

After settling into your suite, relax as the paddle boat cruises up the mighty Murray River, enjoying pre-dinner drinks and a welcome aboard dinner. During the evening the Murray River boat will cruise under floodlight to an overnight mooring at Caurnamont. Keep your eyes peeled on the Murray River bank as you may see nocturnal wildlife including grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray River long-necked tortoises and spoon-beaked echidnas. Settle in for a night’s entertainment by an on-board entertainer who will provide music for those of you who wish a late night.

❱ River cruise: PS Murray Princess (4 nights)

Day 2 – Cruising the Murray, winery visit (BLD)

Daybreak comes on the Murray River and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific bird life can be seen from the decks of the PS Murray Princess and includes pelicans, blue wrens and black swans.

After breakfast it’s time to cruise the Murray River again, this time the paddlewheeler will cruise upstream to Blanchetown, through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow of the Murray River and levels of water. Shortly the river boat will reach Salter’s Station for overnight anchorage. This evening, as the last rays of the sun fade, you can join one of expert guides for a tour of Burk Salter’s vineyard on the banks of the Murray River, there is even time for a little wine tasting at the cellar door.

Day 3 – Spectacular Sound & Light Show, Great Aussie BBQ (BLD)

After breakfast, join a guide for a walk along the eco-sensitive wetlands of Salter’s Station on the banks of the Murray River. Back onboard, the paddlewheeler will cruise down the Murray River, after lunch many passengers enjoy an afternoon nap, watch the Australian landscape slide by, or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation.

During the afternoon, your Murray River cruise will arrive at Sunnydale, here it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Sound & Light Show that recreates typical Australian woolshed history. Later that day, a visit is made to the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. That evening your chefs will prepare a great Aussie Barbecue cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. After dinner, you will be treated to a nocturnal eco-tour by tractor and cart.

Day 4 – Aboriginal Archaeological Sites & Captains Dinner (BMD)

After breakfast, the PS Murray Princess slowly cruises downstream along the mighty Murray River past magnificent cliffs scoured by the Murray River over millions of years. The next stop for the paddle boat is Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites. Take a step back in time tens of thousands of years and join a knowledgeable guide for a boardwalk view of ancient rock carvings and learn about aboriginal history in the area.

Back onboard, the paddlewheeler will cruise down the Murray River to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. The PS Murray Princess will cruise past large billabongs, open expanses of water and cliffs amazingly high. Tonight, the Captain and his officers host a spectacular farewell dinner onboard the PS Murray Princess.

Day 5 – Mannum to Adelaide (B)

This morning the PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where all new friends and crew reluctantly say farewell after breakfast on board. We are then transferred by coach returning to Adelaide.

Post-Tour Arrangements for Interstate Travellers

ou will be dropped off at your hotel in Adelaide at the end of your tour for your overnight stay.

The next day, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Adelaide and South Australia. Ask us about optional tours that are available today including day tours to the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills or the McLaren Vale wine region. Alternatively, you may wish to take a stroll down Rundle Mall or visit the Adelaide Zoo and the Botanic Gardens. Later today, a chauffeured car will take you from your hotel to Adelaide Airport in time for your flight back to your homeport.

❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar (1 night)

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Departure City

Adelaide, Brisbane (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Hobart (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Melbourne (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Perth (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Sydney (includes pre & post tour arrangements)


14 Jan 2019, 21 Jan 2019, 28 Jan 2019, 04 Feb 2019, 11 Feb 2019, 25 Feb 2019, 04 Mar 2019, 11 Mar 2019, 01 Apr 2019, 15 Apr 2019, 29 Apr 2019, 06 May 2019, 13 May 2019, 20 May 2019, 27 May 2019, 03 Jun 2019, 10 Jun 2019, 17 Jun 2019, 01 Jul 2019, 08 Jun 2019, 15 Jun 2019, 22 Jul 2019, 29 Jul 2019, 05 Aug 2019, 12 Aug 2019, 19 Aug 2019, 26 Aug 2019, 02 Sep 2019, 09 Sep 2019, 16 Sep 2019, 23 Sep 2019, 30 Sep 2019, 07 Oct 2019, 14 Oct 2019, 21 Oct 2019, 28 Oct 2019, 04 Nov 2019, 11 Nov 2019, 18 Nov 2019, 25 Nov 2019, 02 Dec 2019, 09 Dec 2019, 16 Dec 2019, 23 Dec 2019, 30 Dec 2019, 03 Feb 2020, 10 Feb 2020, 17 Feb 2020, 24 Feb 2020, 02 Mar 2020, 09 Mar 2020, 16 Mar 2020, 23 Mar 2020, 30 Mar 2020

Cruise Cabin Type

Inside Cabin (access via stairs), Outside Cabin with Window, Large Stateroom with Window


The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Virgin Australia ‘Q’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    30 to 60 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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