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Murray River 7-Night Cruise

$2,599

Experience an extended 7-night Murray River cruise aboard the historic PS Murray Princess. This stunning paddlewheeler cruise includes all meals and breathtaking local experiences. There’s also free parking in Mannum or complimentary coach transfers from Adelaide.

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Murray River Cruise – 8 days

This fabulous South Australian holiday introduces you to the beauty of the mighty Murray River in a very unique way!

Choose to transfer from Adelaide or start in Mannum and embark on a 7-night Murray River cruise aboard the grand paddlewheel vessel PS Murray Princess. The mighty Murray River winds 2570 kilometres through the Australian outback and on its banks you will see Australian Native animals, red gum forests and verdant farming land. Experience the ever-changing landscape along the river and follow the region’s great food and wine trail.

This extended 7-night cruise is a combination of the 4-night and 3-night itineraries, so it’s a chance to enjoy more of the stunning scenery, delicious food and amazing highlights aboard the small luxury Paddle Wheeler.

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • The price! Great inclusions and top value for a P.S Murray Princess river cruise!
  • Enjoy an amazing river cruise with all meals, walking tours, Aboriginal culture and more
  • See more of South Australia & discover its regional highlights
  • You can depart on Monday or Friday, to suit your travel plans!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Murray River Cruise – 7 nights on board PS Murray Princess
  • Choice of cabins with private ensuite bathroom
  • Includes all meals during the cruise (buffet & a la carte)
  • An exciting selection of onshore tours
  • Guided nature walks & eco-excursions
  • Onboard presentations
  • Use of gym
  • Captain’s Buffet Dinner and Dance
  • Live entertainment
  • 24-hour self-service tea & coffee bar
  • Lift access from Randell Deck to Sturt Deck
  • Complimentary Barossa Wine & Heritage tour 
  • Complimentary return coach transfers from Adelaide, or return to the Adelaide Airport
  • Car parking in Mannum (bookings essential for car parking & coach transfers)

Prices:

Inside cabin – from $2,599 per person
Outside cabin – from $3,549 per person
Stateroom cabin – from $4,749 per person

The above prices are for the cruise only, let us know if you’d like to include flights or a hotel stay in Adelaide.

Note: Prices are based on twin share and subject to confirmation at time of booking. Price may vary depending on travel date.

Departures:

The cruise departs on Mondays or Fridays, in the following months.

2023 – February, March, April, May, August, September, October, November

Note: Departures are subject to availability and can change without notice. Please contact us for specific dates or travel options at other times of the year.

Get the Brochure:

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Click on the button to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary (where applicable).

Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

Let us know if you’d like to upgrade to an outside cabin or stateroom.

You can add nights in Adelaide, as well as flights or car hire if required.

Ask us today about staying in other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for single traveller rates.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is available for a limited time. Please contact us for current rates.

The offer was valid as of 4 July 2022 and is based on the best rate being available at your time of booking.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Independent Murray River cruise

Itinerary

CRUISE ITINERARY:

Sample itinerary: 7 Night Murraylands & Wildlife Cruise – Departing Friday

Day 1
Friday (Dinner)
Mid-afternoon the Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, the 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 onboard entertainer provides music for the night owls.

Day 2
Saturday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 Safari Park (additional cost). Those who choose to experience Monarto Safari Park will arrive back on board the Murray Princess in time for lunch then join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland.

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

Day 3
Sunday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 Murray Princess departs and cruises a little further upriver.

Near From Landing, we turn and head downriver to River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat / Coolcha) where your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we 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 a delicious dinner in the Sturt Dining Room followed by an evening of entertainment.

Day 4
Monday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We head back to Mannum and after breakfast, you may choose to discover Australia’srichest 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 for morning tea and wine tasting and enjoy a two-course lunch at Lambert Estate where you’ll have time to take in the views of this popular vineyard. In the afternoon, visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and drive through the picturesque regions of Seppeltsfield and Marananga which is full of history before returning to Mannum. Those not wishing to join the Barossa tour have free time in the township in Mannum before a mid-afternoon departure for our overnight mooring at Caurnamont.

Day 5
Tuesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Daybreak and it’s 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 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. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.

Day 6
Wednesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast cruise down river 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 (own expense). Join a 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. Catch up with friends over a coffee or drink whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery. 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 by powerful spotlights. Special stops along the way are included to view the spectacular night sky which is part of the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve.

Day 7
Thursday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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, join your fellow passengers for a delicious final night dinner and enjoy the evening entertainment.

Day 8
Friday (Breakfast)
We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast, we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, ocean or river conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.

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