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Murray River: 7-night Upper Murraylands Cruise

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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.

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DURATION
7 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • All inclusive
  • Bonus experiences
  • Daily breakfast
  • Selected meals
  • Selected transfers
  • Shore excursions

About this holiday

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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.

Inclusions

  • See big river gorges & towering sandstone cliffs
  • ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat tour
  • Scenic tender boat ride
  • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown
  • Experience Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre for wine tastings followed by a delicious buffet lunch
  • Tour the gardens and orchards and visit the cellar door at Caudo Vineyard
  • Guided walk of Morgan and Swan Reach townships
  • Big Bend towering sandstone cliffs
  • Sunnydale Woolshed Show and Native Wildlife Shelter
  • Riverside Aussie BBQ
  • Optional Nocturnal Tour at Sunnydale
  • Optional Bush Tucker Breakfast
  • Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites

Please note: activities may be subject to change.

While on board, you'll enjoy...

Two lounges, with spectacular scenery views.

  • Hanging out on the Sun Deck at the top of the vessel.

  • Buffet breakfasts each morning.

  • Delicious buffet and a la carte lunches.

  • Dining each evening with fellow passengers.

  • The Captain's Dinner and Dance.

Accommodation

Murray Princess Stateroom

Inside cabin - Twin share - $1959pp; Single - $2616pp

Outside cabin - Twin share - $2583pp; Single - $3476pp

Travel dates

Friday 15 February 2019

Itinerary

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 time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific bird life 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 bird life 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. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic tender boat ride. After dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.

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, participate in a Table Quiz Challenge. 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 buffet 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 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 Morgan’s three historical museums - Morgan Living Museum, Morgan River History Museum and Morgan Railway 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 the guided 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 or listen to the First Officer’s talk in the Sturt Dining Room. 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.

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 the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.

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.

Questions

Cruise departs Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum on selected Mondays
at 4.30pm and returns to Mannum on Friday at 9.00am
ADELAIDE COACH TRANSFERS
Subject to availability – pre-bookings are essential.
Complimentary coach transfers are available to/from the Adelaide
CBD as well as a return to Adelaide Airport. Please refer to the
Adelaide Coach Transfers Map for selected hotel pick-up locations
and times in your Murray Princess Passenger Cruising Guide.
PRIVATE CAR TRANSFERS
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.
CAR PARKING
Subject to availability – pre-bookings are essential.
Complimentary car parking is available at Mannum

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