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Murray River Cruise, Adelaide & Flights – 8 Days

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Fly to Adelaide and enjoy a city stay with sightseeing tour, before being transferred to the Murray River for an amazing cruise aboard historic PS Murray Princess. This stunning paddlewheeler cruise includes all meals, breathtaking local experiences and more!

Trip Details:

Murray River Cruise, Adelaide & Flights – 8 days

This fabulous South Australian holiday takes you from Adelaide to the beauty of the mighty Murray River!

Your adventure begins with flights to Adelaide and a three-night stay in the vibrant city. Included is a splendid tour of Adelaide, the famous Hahndorf region and a local winery tour.

From the city, you’ll transfer to Mannum and embark on a unique Murray River cruise aboard the grand paddlewheel vessel PS Murray Princess. Experience the ever-changing landscape along the river for 4 nights and follow the region’s great food and wine trail.

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 green farming land, all protected by the towering sandstone cliffs. With unique scenery, delicious food, like-minded new friends and a small luxury Paddle Wheeler, you can join the ultimate cruise with unexpected highlights.

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • The price! Great inclusions and top value for flights, hotel, sightseeing & a 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!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Flights – Return economy airfare to Adelaide
    • Flights include checked baggage
  • Accommodation – 3 nights Adelaide at Terrace Hotel, HotelMOTEL, Hotel Riviera or similar, standard Queen room
  • Sightseeing – Adelaide, Hahndorf & Winery Tour
  • Murray River Cruise – 4 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 return coach transfers from Adelaide, or return to the Adelaide Airport
    • Complimentary Barossa Wine & Heritage tour 

Package Prices:

Fly from Melbourne or Sydney:
Inside cabin – from $2,499 per person twin share
Outside cabin – from $3,199 per person twin share

Fly from Brisbane, Hobart or Perth:
Inside cabin – from $2,999 per person twin share
Outside cabin – from $3,699 per person twin share

Note: Prices are per person and subject to confirmation at time of booking. Price may vary depending on travel date and departure city. Please contact us for current rates.


Lowest-price dates:
2023 – 03 November – limited space!
2024 – 02, 09, 16, 23 February; 01, 08, 15, 22 March; 19, 26 April; 17, 24 May; 18 October; 01, 08, 15 November

Note: Travel dates are subject to availability with the local operators and prices may vary at time of booking. Please contact us for current rates and available departures.

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Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can extend your stay in Adelaide or on independent packages, let us know if you would like to upgrade the hotel.

Upgrade to enjoy the ultimate Stateroom on the cruise. Contact us for availability and current rates.

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. Single supplement applies for private hotel room and cabin, please contact us for the current rates on your preferred departure.

Booking Conditions:

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

The prices were accurate as of 30 September 2023 and are based on the best airfares and hotel 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 city stay with Murray River cruise



Day 1 – Friday: Arrive Adelaide
Arrive in Adelaide and make your own way to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring the “City of Churches” or the “Festival City” as it’s known.

Day 2 – Saturday: Adelaide
It’s a free day in Adelaide to explore the great city at your leisure.

Day 3 – Sunday: Adelaide Highlights, Hahndorf & McLaren Vale Wine & Sightseeing Tour
Your Adelaide sightseeing tour starts with hotel pickup by mini-coach, which transports you comfortably around the city with your guide. Head toward the North Terrace along King William Street, and catch a glimpse of the governor’s house and other main landmarks. Admire a view of the River Torrens, and pass by the Adelaide Zoo, South Australian Museum and Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Return to the mini-coach to drive down trendy, tree-lined Hutt Street, home to colonial-era stone buildings, popular eateries, boutiques and cafes.
Then journey outside the city to the summit of Mt Lofty, where you’ll hop out for photo ops of Adelaide and Gulf St Vincent before continuing your tour to Hahndorf, about 15 minutes away. Listen to commentary from your guide about the history of this German settlement, the oldest remaining in Australia, while you enjoy the picturesque atmosphere. You have a bit of time to walk through town before returning to Adelaide, where you tour ends at Victoria Square.

Day 4 – Monday: Board Murray Princess Cruise (Dinner)
Mid-afternoon the PS 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 on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.

Day 5 – Tuesday: River Cruise (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 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. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.

Day 6 – Wednesday: River Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town, first settled in the 1850’s, 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 a walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry). Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquility 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.
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.

Day 7 – Thursday: River Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 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 the Officers for complimentary pre-dinner drinks (sparkling wine and soft drinks) before a delicious dinner.

Day 8 – Friday: Disembark River Cruise, Depart Adelaide (Breakfast)
We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf. Travel by coach back to Adelaide CBD and catch a taxi to the airport for your departure flight. As the journey ends, the fond memories begin!

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, 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.

1 review for Murray River Cruise, Adelaide & Flights – 8 Days

  1. traveller

    Thanks Leanne

    I appreciate your prompt service. I was previously looking at booking through [another agent] and their service was absolutely atrocious not to mention downright rude. It is so refreshing to deal with someone who is efficient and helpful.


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