4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise

This 4 night cruise takes you north on the great Murray River from the historic riverport of Mannum to Blanchetown. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery, from towering cliffs to expansive wetlands.

Along the way you'll see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos and about 350 different bird species that inhabit the riverlands. Highlights include a visit to a vineyard and wine tasting at the cellar door.

Enjoy a visit to a typical Australian farm and woolshed, enjoy an Aussie barbecue beside the river, visit a wildlife shelter and an aboriginal reserve, one of Australia's most significant archaeological sites.

There's no better way to see the Murray River and a slice of the hauntingly beautiful and dramatic Australian outback, than on this 4 night Outback Heritage Cruise. Drift unhurried and quietly under the power of the paddle-wheeler PS Murray Princess and enjoy the scenery of South Australia.

Accommodation

All 60 cabins and staterooms are approximately 12 square metres in size.

All Cabins Feature: Private bathroom ensuite, Air conditioning, Electric blankets, Soap, Shampoo and Towels Serviced daily

Stateroom: (6) Located on Randell & Cadell Decks, all opening onto the outside deck. Features a fridge and tea & coffee making facilities. Bedding is 1 Double Bed + 1 Single Bed.

Outside Cabin: (45) Located on Randell and Cadell Decks, all open onto the outside deck with picture windows. Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Double Bed.

Inside Cabin: (9) Located on Chaffey Deck, all open onto an inside passageway with portholes. Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Double Bed.

Dining

Dining aboard Murray Princess includes delicious table d'hote menus, Captain's Dinner and buffet dining with a special campfire barbeque on the Heritage Cruise. Breakfast are buffet style. The Dining saloon is designed to accommodate all passengers at a single sitting.

Itinerary

Day 1: 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 you cruise under floodlight to the overnight mooring at Caurnamont, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray long-necked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. The on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.

Day 2: 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, blue wrens and black 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 visit Burk Salter's vineyard on the banks of the river and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door. Rejoin Murray Princess and cruise upriver to the overnight anchorage near Salters Station. Tonight enjoy all the fun and excitement of the Murray River Cup.

Day 3: After breakfast, cruise downriver to Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel. Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum. Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by before arriving at Sunnydale. All ashore for the Woolshed Show as you see a recreation of typical Australian woolshed history. Later, 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 is available after dinner.

Day 4: After breakfast the ship cruises slowly downstream past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. 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 to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area. Return to the ship to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. Pass large billabongs, open expanses of water, surrounded by cliffs and reeds. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain's Buffet. Dress up and dance if you wish.

Day 5: After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum.

*Sample itinerary only and subject to change due to weather, water levels and other operational requirements. Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to amend itineraries and tours without notice.

Itinerary Options

Optional Barossa Valley Tour: (post cruise - additional cost) Discover Australia's richest and best known wine making region - the Barossa Valley. Depart Mannum by coach. The tour includes three premium wineries, lunch and free time in Tanunda before returning to Adelaide 5.30pm. Ask you consultant for pricing.

Highlights

  • Historic Mannum
  • Cruise through Lock 1
  • Nocturnal Floodlight Cruise
  • Vineyard and cellar door tasting
  • Woolshed show
  • Visit Native Wildlife Shelter
  • Aussie Riverside Bush BBQ
  • Swan Reach Township
  • Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve
  • Guided nature walks and eco-tours

Inclusions

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals buffet and a la carte
  • Captains Dinner
  • Free WiFi
  • Onboard facilities including spa, sauna and gym
  • 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar
  • Selection of shore-side tours
  • Guided walks and eco-excursions
  • Complimentary return coach transfers are available from Adelaide

Vessel Details

The PS Murray Princess accommodates just 120 passengers and brings the unique advantage of small ship cruising to the Murray River. The Murray Princess brings warmth and friendliness to the Murray River with spacious lounges and dining saloon all with the character and charm of yesteryear.

Details: Tonnage 1500 tonnes, Length 67 metres, Beam 15 metres, Draft 1.2 metres, Speed 6 knots.

Facilities: Free WiFi, Spa, Sauna & Gym, Sun deck, Bar & 2 Lounges, Dining saloon, Speed boat, Gift shop, Library (includes DVDs), Lift, Guest laundry, 24-hour tea and coffee facilities.

Departures

Departs: 4.30pm Mondays from Mannum
Returns: 9.00am Friday

Getting There

Coach transfers depart:
1.30pm from Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin Street
1.45pm from Stamford Plaza Hotel, 150 North Terrace
2.00pm from Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, 125 North Terrace

Coach Returns every Friday 12 noon - 12.30pm

Additional Info

Children: 2 years and under are free of charge however not recommended. Children 3 years and older are charged at the adult rate
Excludes: Drinks, optional tours, personal purchases
What to Bring: Soft sole shoes for walking, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, smart casual clothing
Cancellation Fees: Apply for bookings cancelled inside 60 days of travel
Fit to travel: A Certificate of Fitness to travel by the clients doctor is required for passengers over 75 years of age and/or passengers with limited mobility
Operated By: Captain Cook Cruises