Murray Princess 7 Night Upper Murraylands Cruise (Outside Cabin)
From price is based on Standard Brochure Fares, valid for travel until 31/03/22. Prices may vary when booking to travel after 1st April 2022.
Book more than 90 days in advance & save between 10% and 20% off standard fares.
Save up to 10% off standard fares for travel during the Peak months of March, April, May and September to December (excludes Staterooms).
Save up to 20% off standard fares for travel during the Off Peak months of June to August, January and February.
Limited availability - a select number of cabins have been set aside for this special fare. Once these cabins have been sold, prices revert to Standard Fares.
This delightful 7 night cruise takes you from Mannum to the Upper Murraylands historical township of Morgan. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery as you cruise from towering cliffs to expansive farmlands. Along the way you’ll see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos and many of the 350 bird species that inhabit this area. Highlights include local cellar door tastings, vineyard and garden tours, a visit to well-known Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, guided walks around historic towns, an Aussie barbecue beside the river, a visit to a wildlife shelter, sheep shearing demonstration and a guided walk through one of Australia’s most significant aboriginal archaeological sites at Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park.
DURATION/OPERATES: 8 days / 7 nights, departs selected Fridays
DEPARTS: Day 1: Friday - Cruise Departs Mannum at 4:30pm (Boarding from 2:30pm)
Complimentary Coach Transfers depart Adelaide CBD from 1:20pm
RETURNS: Day 8: Friday – Cruise returns to Mannum at 9.00am
Complimentary Coach Transfers arrive back in Adelaide at approx. 11am – 11:30am or Adelaide Airport 12pm
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.
7 NIGHT UPPER MURRAYLANDS HIGHLIGHTS:
- Depart historic Mannum
- See big river gorges & towering sandstone cliffs
- Get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat
- Riverland food & wine tasting (A tasting of 2 Reds & 2 White wines & local produce)
- Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
- Experience Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre for wine tastings followed by a delicious lunch & DVD presentation - Free time in the township of Waikerie to visit the District Machinery and Preservation Museum & Rain Moth Gallery - Tour the gardens and orchards and visit the cellar door at Caudo Vineyard
- Guided walk of Morgan township and the Morgan Living History Museum
- 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 and Native Wildlife Shelter
- 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
15 October 2021
21* January 2022
6 May 2022
15* July 2022
12 August 2022
9 September 2022
20* January 2023
10 February 2023
10 March 2023
SPECIAL EVENT CRUISES*
CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRUISE (Departs 15 July 2022)
BONUS INCLUSIONS: Christmas meals, festivities and entertainment
AUSTRALIA DAY CRUISE (Departs 21 January 2022 and 20 January 2023)
BONUS INCLUSIONS: Enjoy Australia Day festivities and entertainment including the Captain’s Australia Day Buffet on 26 January.
SAMPLE ITINERARY: (7 Night Upper Murraylands Cruise - departs selected Fridays)
Friday: Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy 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.
Saturday: 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. This morning, 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.
For those who choose to stay on-board, you may wish to partake in a game of bocce or compete in the fishing challenge before we cruise upriver past Walker Flat to Sugar Shack Conservation Park. In the afternoon, join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland.
Tonight, sit back and enjoy being entertained by our on-board entertainer.
Sunday: Continue cruising upriver this morning as we enjoy breakfast and pass through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. This morning, enjoy some free time and in the afternoon join in the fun playing a few games of bingo.
Late afternoon we will secure the vessel at Morgan and after dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.
Monday: Today we are transferred by coach to the Riverland town of Waikerie and Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre near Kingston On Murray. Enjoy some free time in Waikerie and at Banrock Station delight in cellar door wine tastings followed by a delicious lunch and DVD presentation. There will be time to take a stroll around the gardens and orchards enjoying the relaxing scenery.
Return by coach to Morgan where we will re-board the Murray Princess and continue our journey upriver and secure at the 329km mark of the Murray River.
Tuesday: After breakfast, we arrive at the picturesque Caudo Vineyard located at Hogwash Bend. Here we will enjoy cellar door tastings and explore the gardens and orchards.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch as we cruise downriver back towards Morgan. Mid-afternoon we join a guided walk of the Morgan Township and the Morgan Living History Museum.
We depart Morgan late afternoon and secure at Donald Flat Lagoon for our overnight moorage. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.
Wednesday: After breakfast cruise 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. Catch up with friends over a coffee or drink whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery.
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.
After dinner, there are two optional onshore tours to choose from (additional cost). A Nocturnal Tour in a comfortable purpose-built cart where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls and the Dark Sky Night Tour where you will be taken to an internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserve to observe the stars of the Milky Way. Night viewing binoculars and a telescope with a digital control locator are available plus a tablet to locate and name what can be observed with the naked eye.
Thursday: After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost), 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. 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.
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.