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Dashing Down the Murray! 7-night Christmas 2020 Tour on the Murray Princess Paddlewheeler

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Celebrate Christmas with like-minded travellers aboard an authentic paddle-wheeler! This generous, welcoming itinerary includes plenty of chances to see the Murray's teeming wildlife, including kangaroos and 350+ species of bird.

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About this holiday

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On-board dining

Highlights of this charming river itinerary include a vineyard tour, wine tasting at a local cellar door, an Aussie barbecue beside the river, a wildlife shelter visit, and a guided walk through one of Australia’s most significant aboriginal archaeological sites.

Christmas Cruise Highlights:

  • Explore the township of Murray Bridge or take a tour of the historic Roundhouse
  • Optional Monarto Safari Park Wildlife Tour on Saturday departing Murray Bridge (additional cost)
  • Riverland food & wine tasting (A tasting of 2 Reds & 2 White wines & local produce)
  • Guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat
  • Traditional South Australian Christmas Lunch & a visit by Santa on Christmas Day (25th December 2020)
  • Enjoy a Mystery Day Tour departing Mannum
  • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
  • Visit the cellar door at Burk Salter Boutique Winery
  • Guided walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry)
  • Watch the Sunnydale Woolshed Show and go to theNative Wildlife Shelter
  • Enjoy a riverside Aussie Barbecue
  • Optional Nocturnal Tour at Sunnydale in a comfortable purpose built cart (additional cost)
  • Big Bend towering sandstone cliffs
  • Explore Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites with an expert local guide
  • Delight in a scenic tender boat ride
  • Christmas themed activities, festivities & carols
  • PLUS a free mystery day tour included


  • FREE Mystery Day Tour
  • All meals (buffet & a la carte)
  • An exciting selection of onshore tours
  • Guided nature walks & eco-excursions
  • Onboard presentations
  • Use of gym
  • Captain’s Buffet Dinner and Dance
  • Live entertainment
  • 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar
  • Complimentary return coach transfers from Adelaide or return to the Adelaide Airport or car parking in Mannum (bookings essential)


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Murray Princess

With all the character and charm of yesteryear, the PS Murray Princess is an authentic paddle-wheeler built to cruise the mighty Murray River. The southern hemisphere's largest inland paddle-wheeler is propelled by a stern wheel that you can view through the double storey lounge window. It's a real taste of bygone days, with the elegance and convenience you'd expect today.

Travel dates


Cruise Departs Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Book before 24 September 2020 to secure the Early Booking Saver fares!

Inside Cabin:

  • EBS from* $2270 pp twin share
  • Standard from $2499 pp twin share
  • EBS from* $3010 sole use
  • Standard from $3320 sole use

Outside Cabin:

  • EBS from* $2983 pp twin share
  • Standard from $3290 pp twin share
  • EBS from* $3979 sole use
  • Standard from $4397 sole use


  • Standard from $4193 pp twin share
  • Standard from $5624 sole use

*Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares shown are based on a 10% discount on Special Event fares and valid for bookings that are made up to 90 days prior to departure, subject to availability. Excludes Staterooms.

Above fares are based on cabins with 2 x single beds. Inside and Outside Cabins with a double bed incur a surcharge (no surcharge applies for Staterooms).




Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundurra you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairynosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species. This evening, enjoy the music of Christmas Carols to celebrate the festive season and participate in a Christmas themed quiz.


In 1879 the first bridge to span the Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing, which quickly became the bustling township of Murray Bridge. After a hearty breakfast, choose to join a guided tour of the town’s historic landmarks and local attractions or go on a wildlife tour at Monarto Safari Park (additional cost). Those who choose to experience Monarto Safari Park will arrive back on board the PS Murray Princess in time for lunch then join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland. This afternoon, we continue our journey upriver and tonight we moor at Salt Bush Flat. After dinner, join in Christmas Karaoke and sing many of the favourite Christmas carols and Christmas songs with your fellow passengers.


Merry Christmas everyone! Wake up Christmas morning and experience the magic of the Murray River by taking a guided nature walk where your guide will share the secrets of the local flora and fauna. It’s a great way to get in a little exercise before sitting down to a festive Christmas lunch. Delight in some Christmas festivities with a traditional Christmas Day lunch and celebrations. Take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by as we start to cruise back downriver to the picturesque River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat / Coolcha). The afternoon offers a choice of bocce or cricket onshore before celebrating Christmas evening on the banks of the river with a Christmas beach party.


Following an early morning departure, we arrive back in Mannum and board a luxury coach for a Mystery Day Tour around the beautiful Murraylands region. Late afternoon, return to the PS Murray Princess in Mannum before departing for our overnight mooring at Caurnamont. After dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew with a Christmas themed show.


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 join a guided tour of Burk Salter Boutique Winery 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”.


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 (own expense). Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry). After a leisurely lunch, continue cruising downriver with time to relax and enjoy the on board facilities. Catch up with friends over a coffee or a drink or chill out on the top deck and enjoy the majestic views.

When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian wool shed 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.


After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, we slowly cruise down river 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 the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.


We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.

This is a sample itinerary only and is 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.



Cruise Departs Mannum Wednesday 23rd December 2020 at 4:30pm. Boarding from 2:30pm. Cruise returns to Mannum Wednesday 30th December 2020 at 9.00am.

Subject to availability – pre-bookings are essential. Complimentary coach transfers are available to/from the AdelaideCBD as well as a return to Adelaide Airport. Please refer to theAdelaide Coach Transfers Map for selected hotel pick-up locations and times in your Murray Princess Passenger Cruising Guide.

Additional charges apply and pre-bookings are essential. Private car transfers are available to/from the Adelaide CBD as well as a return to Adelaide Airport.

Subject to availability – pre-bookings are essential. Complimentary car parking is available at Mannum. Your Travel Document will include your coach, private transfer or car parking details if arrangements have been made. Please check your Travel Document or Itinerary for full information.

  • Lift access from Randell Deck to Sturt Deck
  • Paddlewheel Lounge
  • Sturt Bar
  • Sturt Dining Room
  • Sun Deck
  • Onboard Souvenir Shop
  • Public Amenities
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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions.

*Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares shown are based on a 10% discount on Special Event fares and valid for bookings that are made up to 90 days prior to departure, subject to availability. Excludes Staterooms.

^Outside Cabins and Staterooms can accommodate an extra person based on 1 double bed and 1 single bed, but availability is limited. Outside Cabin Extra Person prices available on enquiry.

Above fares are based on cabins with 2 x single beds. Inside and Outside Cabins with a double bed incur a surcharge (no surcharge applies for Staterooms).