Murray Princess 3 Night Discovery Cruise (Outside Cabin)
A short introduction to the beautiful historic Murray River between Walker Flat and Murray Bridge. Aboard the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, you will cruise through spectacular riverlands and enjoy the great variety of flora and fauna. You'll take a nature walk, get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat, visit the township of Murray Bridge and learn about the food and wine of this famous region.
DURATION/OPERATES: 4 days / 3 nights, departs selected Fridays
DEPARTS: Day 1: Selected Fridays - Cruise Departs Mannum at 4:30pm (Boarding from 2:30pm)
Complimentary Coach Transfers depart Adelaide CBD from 1:20pm
RETURNS: Day 4: The following Monday – Cruise returns to Mannum at 9.00am
Complimentary Coach Transfers arrive in Adelaide at approx. 11am – 11:30am or 12pm Adelaide Airport or 5:30pm after optional Barossa Wine and Heritage tour or 6pm Adelaide Airport.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please phone Murray Princess reservations on 1300 729 938 to reconfirm your pick up and drop off locations 48 hours prior to travelling.
3 NIGHT DISCOVERY CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS:
- Free time to explore the township of Murray Bridge or take a tour of the historic Roundhouse
- Optional Monarto Zoo Wildlife Tour on Saturday departing Murray Bridge (additional cost)
- Guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat
- Riverland food & wine tasting (A tasting of 2 Reds & 2 White wines & local produce)
- Get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat
- Spectacular Captain’s Dinner and Dance
- Optional Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour at conclusion of cruise (additional cost)
SPECIAL EVENT CRUISES
EASTER CRUISE (Departs 10 April 2020)
BONUS INCLUSIONS: Easter festivities and entertainment
ANZAC CRUISE (Departs 24 April 2020)
BONUS INCLUSIONS: Easter festivities and entertainment
CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRUISES (Departs 3, 10, 24 July 2020)
BONUS INCLUSIONS: Christmas lunch, festivities and entertainment
'HOT AUGUST NIGHT' MUSIC CRUISE (Departs 24 August 2020)
SPECIAL EVENT ITINERARY APPLICABLE
SAMPLE ITINERARY: (3 Night Discovery Cruise)
Friday: Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner.
As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundurra 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.
Saturday: 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 Zoo (additional cost).
Those who choose to experience Monarto Zoo 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.
Sunday: 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 Murray Princess departs for the big river gorges and 90 metre cliffs of the upper river.
Mid-morning, join us in the Sturt Dining room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland.
Just after Fromms 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 joining the Captain and Officers for the Farewell Dinner and Dance.
Monday: We head back to Mannum and after breakfast, we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice.
OPTIONAL MONARTO ZOO WILDLIFE TOUR (additional cost):
On arrival at Murray Bridge on Saturday (from 9.00am), a coach will be waiting to transfer you to Monarto Zoo, one of the largest open-range zoos in the world spanning more than 1,500 hectares and home to more than 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles. You will travel through part of the zoo and your guide will show you many of the zoos inhabitants including Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, White Rhinoceros, Cheetah, Lions, Hyena and Wild Dogs. After the tour, you will return to Murray Bridge and re-board the Murray Princess in time for lunch at 11.25am.
OPTIONAL BAROSSA WINE & HERITAGE TOUR (additional cost):
Discover Australia’s richest 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.
Depart Mannum, and travel into the famous Barossa, Australia’s richest and best known wine making region. Your first stop is at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, where you will enjoy morning tea, followed by a structured tasting of five wines.
Next visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, and learn about Maggie and her story, as well as the history behind the Farm. Enjoy a short cooking demonstration, and taste a range of her produce, including any new products that are in development.
Lunch is a two course gourmet feast at Lambert Estate, incorporating fresh regional produce available in season. Pair this with a glass of wine (own cost), and take in the magnificent outlook from the deck of this popular vineyard.
Your final stop is Gully Gardens at Angaston, a local producer of dried fruits and confectionery. Enjoy a short video that showcases the fruits that are grown at Gully Gardens, the cutting and drying process and how they create tasty and unique confectionery products. Tasting samples will be offered whilst browsing the shop before heading back to Mannum.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel back through the picturesque Eden Valley. View the Murrayland flats from atop Palmer hill as you descend down into Mannum where you will then transfer to a luxury coach for your journey back to Adelaide arriving at approximately 5.30pm or Adelaide Airport at approximately 6.00pm.