Enjoy a unique 8 day Murray River cruise to the Upper Murraylands, an area few people get to visit and even fewer get to cruise to, winery visits at Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre, Caudo Vineyard and Burk Salter Boutique Wines as well as 3 nights in Adelaide with an Adelaide city tour, flights and transfers. Visit 3 of the 13 locks that control the flow and water level of the Murray River as well as the Upper Murrayland towns of Waikerie and Cadell. Visit Sugar Shack Conservation Park, Swan Reach, Morgan and Sunnydale as well as the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of the oldest and most significant archaeological sites in Australia. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience! Themes include: South Australia, Departs from Adelaide, River Cruising, Returns from Adelaide. + Show more
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8 Day Murray Princess Upper Murraylands Cruise
3 Nights Adelaide Hotel
Adelaide City Tour
All meals onboard the Murray Princess, The Captain’s Dinner and Dance, FREE onshore tours, FREE guided nature walks and eco-excursions, FREE onboard presentations, FREE live entertainment, FREE onboard tea and coffee and FREE coach transfers from Adelaide
Meet and Greet Personalised Return Transfers (Port, Hotel and Airport)
FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book ($500 Value discounts and bonuses in South Australia)
8 Day Upper Murraylands CruiseAdelaideBlanchetownMannumCaurnamontLock 1Burk Salter Boutique WinerySugar Shack Conservation ParkWaikerieBanrock Station Wine & Wetland CentreCadellQualcoCaudo VineyardMorganSwan ReachSwan Reach MuseumSunnydaleBig BendSalt Bush FlatRiver View LodgeWildlife TourUpper MurraylandsSmall Group Discovery CruiseWoolshed ShowNative Wildlife ShelterBush WalkNgaut Ngaut Aboriginal ReserveGuided Tour of Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal ReserveRock CarvingsWine TastingsMurray River CupYounghusbandCaptain’s DinnerMount Lofty RangesTorrens GorgeHistoric ChurchesRundle MallMontefiore HillGouger StreetNorth AdelaideWineries of South AustraliaMurray RiverWildlife of South Australia
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DAY 1 Fly to Adelaide
Fly to Adelaide and begin your Murray River adventure. You will be personally met at the airport by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to your hotel.
Meet and Greet Personalised Arrival Transfer, Overnight Adelaide Accommodation.
DAY 2 Adelaide City Tour
Adelaide is famous for stylish architecture, beautiful parklands, boutique shopping, cafe strips, sandy swimming beaches, fabulous arts events, festivals, nightlife, and sandstone cottages with sweeping gardens. The diverse cultural mix of its one million population guarantees that the food is sensational. Adelaide is Australia's wine capital and lies between rolling hills to the east and beautiful sandy beaches to the west, with world class vineyards within easy reach.
Your friendly driver will pick you up in the comfortable air-conditioned luxury coach before sharing experiences, fascinating facts and enchanting stories in the on-board full commentary throughout the morning. Today see Victoria Square (heart of Adelaide city), Gouger Street (restaurant cafe strip), King William Street's famous boulevard, The Terraces (4 terraces that separate the city from its greenbelts) and Adelaide's magnificent parks, gardens and greenbelts. See River Torrens with its delightful garden banks, Parliament House, State Library, Trinity Church (Adelaide's oldest church), fashionable Hutt Street and stop at Haigh's Chocolates to enjoy complimentary tea or coffee accompanied by fine Haigh's chocolates (Haigh's unavailable on Sundays). See Beehive Corner at Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval (one of Australia's most notable cricket grounds and houses the Bradman collection), the quaint suburbs of North Adelaide; O'Connell Street (restaurants and trendy shops), St Peter's Cathedral, Colonel Light's Lookout on Montefiore Hill (spectacular views over Adelaide).
Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick Ups, Tea, Haigh's Chocolates, Overnight Adelaide Accommodation.
DAY 3 Explore Adelaide
Spend the day taking in the sights and surrounds of Adelaide. Visit the famous Adelaide Hills or spend the day exploring the churches, parks and famous museums and galleries of Adelaide.
Alternatively, you can visit the seaside town of Glenelg, famous for its beaches and many tourist attractions.
The choice is yours.
Overnight Adelaide Accommodation.
DAY 4 Board the Murray Princess and Cruise to Caurnamont
This afternoon get transferred to Mannum to begin your 8 day Murray Princess upper Murraylands Cruise. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner as you cruise north towards Caurnamont. Look for nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank such as kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises and many other species as you enjoy music from your onboard entertainer and cruise under floodlight to your overnight mooring at Caurnamont.
Transfer to Mannum, Welcome Dinner, Onboard Entertainment, Overnight Accommodation Onboard the P.S. Murray Princess.
DAY 5 Wildlife Tour & Cruise to Sugar Shack
Take in the spectacular Murray River scenery at daybreak and watch for the prolific birdlife of the area including swans, pelicans and wrens. Enjoy a small group, personalised wildlife tour on your discovery vessel to spot for the amazing birdlife of the region in the maze of the river.
For those wishing to stay onboard, enjoy a game of bocce or fishing challenges before continuing your cruise upriver to Swan Reach and Sugar Shack Conservation Park, your mooring for the night.
Breakfast, Small Group Discovery Cruise, Lunch, Bocce, Fishing Challenges, Dinner, Overnight Accommodation Onboard the P.S. Murray Princess.
DAY 6 Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre & Wilson’s Sandbar
Continue cruising north today and pass through Lock 1, one of the 13 locks that maintain the water level and flow of the Murray River. Arrive at the town of Blanchetown and tour to the town of Waikerie. Enjoy some free time in this Riverland town before travelling to Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre where you will enjoy a buffet lunch, wine tastings and a DVD presentation.
Later, travel to Cadell where the P.S. Murray Princess will be waiting for you, and cruise to Wilson’s Sandbar, your overnight mooring.
Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tastings, DVD Presentation, Dinner, Overnight Accommodation Onboard the P.S. Murray Princess.
DAY 7 Cruise to Morgan
This morning, join the First Officer for a talk in the Sturt Dining Room as you cruise towards Qualco. You will then start to make your way back downriver. Stop at Caudo Vineyard where you can enjoy a cellar door tasting and a tour of the orchards and gardens. This evening you moor at Morgan for the night.
Spend some time this morning exploring Morgan. The town used to be the home port of hundreds of paddle-steamers that carried cargo and passengers up the Murray-Darling River system during the 1800’s. Learn about the stories of the paddle-steamer era before returning to the P.S. Murray Princess and continuing your journey south.
Moor opposite Blanchetown this afternoon and as the sun sets, join a guided tour of Burk Salter Boutique Winery and enjoy a wine tasting at the beautiful cellar door.
Breakfast, Morgan Tour, Lunch, Winery Tour, Wine Tasting, Dinner, Overnight Accommodation Onboard the P.S. Murray Princess.
DAY 9 Cruise to Sunnydale
After breakfast cruise to Swan Reach, now home to native flower and fruit growers, the town was first settled in the 1850’s and was the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the township and visit the Swan Reach Museum. Cruise south towards Sunnydale after and take in the tranquillity of the area as you reach your overnight mooring. On arrival at Sunnydale, watch the Woolshed Show, an insight into typical Australian Woolshed history. Later, visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where you can see some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals, before enjoying a special barbecue dinner cooked and served on the banks of the Murray River. After dinner you may choose to take an optional nocturnal tour to look for wildlife.
This morning, enjoy an early morning bush walk with the captain or you may choose to experience and optional Bush Tucker Breakfast. Cruise downriver to Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve while taking in views of the spectacular cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years.
Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve is one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites and home to the Nganguraku people who have lived there for at least 5000 years. Take a guided tour along the boardwalk to view ancient rock carvings and learn about the Aboriginal history of the area.
Later, return to the P.S. Murray Princess and continue cruising south to your overnight mooring, Younghusband. Enjoy a speedboat ride along the way if you wish. Tonight enjoy a spectacular Captain’s Buffet Dinner. You have the opportunity to dress up and enjoy a dance if you wish!
Today marks the end of your Murray River adventure. Cruise back to Mannum this morning. Say farewell to the Captain and crew after breakfast and get transferred to Adelaide Airport for your flight home.
Breakfast, Meet and Greet Personalised Departure Transfer.
Inclusions aboard the Murray Princess
Relax in your private cabin onboard the PS Murray Princess along the Murray River and enjoy FREE full board cuisine, FREE onshore tours, FREE guided nature walks and eco-excursions, FREE onboard presentations, use of onboard leisure facilities such as spa, sauna and gym, FREE live entertainment, special “Captain’s Dinner and Dance”, FREE onboard tea and coffee and FREE coach transfers from Adelaide. You package includes an inside cabin but can be upgraded to an outside cabin or Stateroom.
Upgrade to an Outside Cabin: Outside cabins are located on the higher Randell and Cadell decks and open onto the outside deck area with picture windows to view the passing Murray River scenery.
Upgrade to a Stateroom: Staterooms feature double beds and are located on the Randell and Cadell decks. Each stateroom opens onto the outside deck area and includes a mini-bar, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities in the room.
This package includes all flights as detailed below in the price section (including all fees, levies and taxes). However, we can tailor this package to include our special discounted 'package only' airfares from anywhere. Simply let us know.
Adelaide Accommodation Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Adelaide. Our "Good Standard" central Adelaide hotel has great facilities, a comfortable room and friendly service (typically 3.5 stars). Alternatively, why not treat yourself? The "Deluxe" hotel has superior facilities, stylish room and first class service (typically 4 stars). The “Luxury” hotel is upscale with a more luxurious feel for the discerning traveller and great for celebrating an anniversary (typically 5 stars).
The package is priced on the "Good Standard" option. See Optional Upgrades below for more details, or simply ask.
Airport Transfers Included
You will be personally met at the airport by a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA representative and transferred from the airport to your hotel. You will also be transferred from Mannum to Adelaide Airport for your flight home.
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book
You’ll receive the FREE DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book that includes $500 value of discounts and bonuses throughout Adelaide and South Australia at shops, restaurants attractions etc. It’s a great way to save even more on your South Australia holiday.
The Murray Princess in Detail
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The PS Murray Princess is an authentic inland paddlewheeler built for the Murray River, with a character and charm of yesteryear. It is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere. Catering for just 120 passengers, she brings the unique advantages of small ship cruising to the remarkable setting of Australia’s outback and the mighty Murray River system.
The onboard atmosphere is relaxed and informal by style. The lounge features a majestic view of the paddlewheel in action through the two story viewing window. Upper and lower lounge areas are accessed by the classic brass and mahogany style spiral staircase.
Don't be fooled by most modern-day imitation paddlewheelers where the paddle is often on the side and just for show. The PS Murray Princess is an authentic paddlewheeler which is.
Propelled by its massive stern wheel,The PS Murray Princess cruises between Mannum, Murray Bridge and Salter's Station along the Murray River. The wetlands in this area provide essential breeding and feeding habitats for many species of waterbirds, fish, invertebrates and plants, meaning that you'll see the wonderful wildlife in this outback setting.
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