Murray Princess 4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise (Outside Cabin)
The cruise takes you north on the great Murray River from the historic river port of Mannum to Blanchetown. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery, from towering cliffs to expansive farmlands. Along the way you’ll see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroo’s and many of about 350 bird species that inhabit the Riverlands. Highlights include a vineyard tour and wine tasting at a local cellar door, an Aussie barbecue beside the river; visit a wildlife shelter and a guided walk through one of Australia’s most significant aboriginal archaeological sites.
DURATION/OPERATES: 5 days / 4 nights, departs selected Mondays
DEPARTS: Day 1: Selected Mondays - Cruise Departs Mannum at 4:30pm (Boarding from 2:30pm)
Complimentary Coach Transfers depart Adelaide CBD from 1:20pm
RETURNS: Day 5: The following Friday – 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.
4 NIGHT OUTBACK HERITAGE CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS:
- Depart historic Mannum
- Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
- Vineyard tour and cellar door tasting at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
- Guided walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit the Swan Reach Museum (Gold coin donation at entry).
- Big Bend towering sandstone cliffs
- Sunnydale Woolshed Show, Native Wildlife Shelter and riverside Aussie Barbecue
- Optional Nocturnal Tour at Sunnydale in a comfortable purpose built cart (additional cost)
- Optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost)
- Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites
- Scenic tender boat ride
- Spectacular Captain’s Buffet Dinner and Dance
- Optional Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour (additional cost)
SPECIAL EVENT CRUISES
CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRUISES (Departs 6, 13 & 27 July 2020)
BONUS INCLUSIONS: Christmas dinner, festivities and entertainment
SAMPLE ITINERARY: (4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise)
Monday: Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and 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.
Tuesday: Daybreak and 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 join a guided tour of Burk Salter vineyards and surrounding vineyard 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”.
Wednesday: After breakfast cruise downriver 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 (additional cost). Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (Gold coin donation at entry).
After lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation.
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.
Thursday: 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 speed boat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.
Friday: We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. 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 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, including a shared platter 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 the stunningly beautiful Chateau Barossa, which houses what is considered to be one of Australia’s most significant collections of 19th Century porcelain. There’s time to tour the gallery or take a self- guided rose garden tour, and wine tasting is available for those interested, subject to time available.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel back through the towns of Williamstown and Mt Pleasant. 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 at approximately 5.30pm or Adelaide Airport at approximately 6.00pm.