Murray Princess 4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise (Outside Cabin)
From price is based on Standard Brochure Fares, valid for travel until 31/03/23. Prices may vary when booking to travel after 1st April 2023.
Important Note: Effective 1st April 2022, all passengers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Passengers are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or endorsed medical exemption to Murray Princess crew at time of boarding. Please refer to the important information in your Passenger Cruise Contract for further details.
Effective 15th April 2022, all passengers will be required to have a negative rapid antigen self-test taken on the morning of their cruise departure. Passengers who return a positive rapid antigen test result or have symptoms of illness will be requested not to travel and asked to contact Murray Princess on 1300 729 938. Refer to the Murray Princess website for the most up to date travel information.
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 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
- Cellar door tasting at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
- 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
- Optional Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour (additional cost)
25* July 2022
1, 8, 22, 29 August 2022
5, 19 September 2022
3, 10, 24, 31 October 2022
14, 21 November 2022
2, 16, 30 January 2023
6, 20, 27 February 2023
20, 27 March 2023
*Special Event Cruises
SPECIAL EVENT CRUISES
CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRUISES (Departs 4, 11, 25 July 2022)
BONUS INCLUSIONS: Christmas dinner, festivities and entertainment
SAMPLE ITINERARY: (4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise)
Monday: Mid-afternoon the 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 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”.
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 a walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry). Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity 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.
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 by powerful spotlights. Special stops along the way are included to view the spectacular night sky which is part of the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve.
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 scenic tender boat ride. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a delicious final night dinner and enjoy the evening entertainment.
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):
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 a light morning tea while taking in the breath-taking views over the vineyards. You will have the opportunity to participate in a structured wine tasting before departing and heading to Lambert Estate in Angaston for lunch.
Enjoy a two-course lunch 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.
Next visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, and learn about Maggie and her story, as well as the history behind the Farm. You’ll have an opportunity to taste some delicious Maggie Beer and Pheasant Farm products and take a photo in her famous kitchen. If time permits, purchase some afternoon tea from the cafe (own expense) and take in the peaceful surrounds of the lake and resident birdlife.
Following Maggie Beer’s, you’ll make your way by coach through the picturesque regions of Seppeltsfield and Marananga which is home to many iconic cellar doors. No trip to the Barossa is complete without visiting Seppeltsfield Road which is full of history and lined with distinctive palm trees.
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 into Mannum where you will re-board the Murray Princess, or journey back to Adelaide arriving at approximately 5.30pm or Adelaide Airport at approximately 6.00pm.
Please complete the Passenger Cruise Contract and Special Dietary & Allergy Information Form within 48 hours of confirming your booking.
Please refer to the Passenger Cruising Guide for more information.