3 Night Murray River Discovery Cruise sailing from Mannum roundtrip aboard Murray Princess.
An indulgent long weekend to discover the beautiful lower riverlands, a guided nature walk and backwater wildlife tour, visit Murray Bridge markets, historic houses and art galleries and taste the food & wine of this famous region.
Friday: Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundarra 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. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.
Saturday: 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. join a guided tour of the town’s historic landmarks and local attractions. This afternoon we begin our journey upriver, mooring at Craignook, where after dinner you can enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.
Sunday: All ashore for the 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 Murray Princess departs for the big river gorges and 90 metre cliffs of the upper river. Mid-morning join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the river lands. At the 205km mark we turn and head downriver to River View Lodge where your discovery vessel awaits for a backwater wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river. The birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges. During the afternoon also join the bocce or fishing challenge. This evening join the Captain and Officers for pre-dinner drinks and the finale Captain’s Dinner and Dance.
Monday: After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where we reluctantly say farewell.