A short introduction to the beautiful and 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.Highlights
Friday: 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 your overnight mooring at Craignook you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray longnecked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. (Their on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.)
Saturday: Go ashore after a hearty breakfast for a guided nature walk to discover the local flora and fauna. You'll reboard and head upriver, past big river cliffs which tower 90 metres over you, and an ever-changing countryside. At the 207km mark you will turn and head downriver to Piggy Flat where you join their discovery vessel for a backwater wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, you explore the maze of backwaters, creeks and lagoons. The birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges. After dinner enjoy the fun and excitement of the Murray River Cup.
Sunday: Bring your camera, you’re going ashore to capture the dawn light, a special time on the river. As you leave Piggy Flat breakfast is served. Enjoy a morning talk about the riverlands’ bountiful food and wine trail. After lunch you'll reach the Pomberuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Murray Bridge. The river has been a source of life for indigenous people of the riverlands, including Australia’s largest aboriginal community, the Ngarrindjeri people. Visit the Pomberuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you will be treated to a dramatic dance performance and encounter, Ngurunderi - an ancestral being, whose battle with the Murray Cod created the Ngarrindjeri world. Your ship departs for Mundarra. Join the Captain and officers for pre-dinner drinks and then the Captain’s Dinner & Dance.
Monday: After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where you will reluctantly say farewell.
Optional Barossa Valley Tour (additional cost)
Discover Australia’s richest and best known wine making region – the Barossa Valley. Depart Mannum by coach where you will be transferred directly to your Barossa Valley tour at Williamstown. The tour includes three premium wineries, lunch and free time in Tanunda before returning to Adelaide at 5.30pm.