3 Night Murray River cruise by paddle steamer

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    PS Murray Princess, South Australia | Photo credit Captain Cook Cruises

    All aboard the PS Murray Princess paddle steamer

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    Stop off for a spot of wine-tasting on the Murray River | Photo credit: Captain Cook Cruises

    Stop off for a spot of wine-tasting on the Murray River

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    Watch beautiful sunsets along the Murray River, Australia | Travel Nation

    Watch beautiful sunsets along the Murray River

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    Explore the smaller channels of the Murray River by speedboat | Photo credit: Captain Cook Cruises

    Explore the smaller channels by speedboat

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    Dine like royalty aboard the MS Murray Princess | Photo credit: Captain Cook Cruises

    Dine like royalty aboard the MS Murray Princess

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    Watch pelicans swooping in the Murray River | Travel Nation

    Watch pelicans swooping in the Murray River

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    Grab a cocktail in the MS Murray Princess Lounge | Photo credit: Captain Cook Cruises

    Grab a cocktail in cosy lounge

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    Soak up the stunning Murray River scenery | Travel Nation

    Soak up the stunning Murray River scenery

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Duration(in days): 4

From: Adelaide

To: Adelaide



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing)

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    Discover the scenic low river lands of South Australia on this Murray River cruise between Walker Flat and the Murray Bridge aboard the paddle steamer PS Murray Princess. You’ll cruise through spectacular gorges, looking out for local flora and fauna like kangaroos and wombats before strolling through the historic township of Murray Bridge. On board, you can learn about the history of the region before getting up close with the bird life on the flat-bottomed boat trip. This cruise is the perfect way to explore the Murray River and discover a little bit of local Australian life.

    This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


    • Explore the township of Murray Bridge    
    • Take a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat           
    • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner and dance
    • Cruise through river gorges and sandstone cliffs  
    • Taste delicious South Australian wines     


    Day 1: Depart Adelaide

    You’ll take a shared transfer from central Adelaide to Mannum where you will board the paddle steamer and set sail for three nights. You’ll enjoy drinks on deck before the welcome dinner - a delicious three-course meal - before cruising to your overnight mooring at Mundarra. On the way, you can look out for nocturnal wildlife along the riverbank, such as grey kangaroos, wombats and tortoises.       

    Day 2: Cruising the Murray River         

    After a hearty breakfast, you’ll arrive at the bustling township of Murray Bridge to take a tour of the historical local landmarks. After lunch, you can explore the town at your leisure or choose another activity that you pay for locally, like a visit to the Dock Museum. In the late afternoon, you’ll continue upriver and moor at Salt Bush Flat, where you'll spend the evening being entertained by the talented crew.

    Day 3: Cruising the Murray River         

    This morning you’ll head off on a guided nature walk of the Salt Bush Flat. Your guide will share the secrets of the local flora and fauna as you explore the area, watching kangaroos jump through the scrubland. Next, you'll cruise further towards the 90-metre cliffs of the upper river, learning onboard about the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland. Arriving at River View Lodge, near Piggy Flat, you’ll transfer onto a smaller discovery boat, which will take you through the maze of the river, looking out for the amazing birdlife that lives here, from darters and herons to egrets feeding along the muddy riverbank.

    In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy bocce (a type of bowls) or fishing challenges before enjoying the farewell dinner and dance.

    Day 4: Arrive Adelaide 

    You will arrive back at the dock in Mannum at approximately 9am, before taking the shared coach transfer back to Adelaide.

    We can also add on a day tour to the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine region, after which you would arrive back into Adelaide at 5.30pm – just ask!


    Adelaide has mild winters and warm summers, with long sunny days and low humidity. South Australians enjoy breezy summer days compared to the humid summers of the east coast.

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    What's included
    • Return coach transfers between Adelaide and Mannum    
    • Accommodation in Double Cabin
    • Entertainment   
    • Shore Excursions including guided nature walks and eco tours        
    • All shipboard meals including Captains Dinner       
    Not included
    • Beverages, optional tours and services    
    • Optional Barossa Wine & Heritage Tour  
    • Optional Monarto Zoo Wildlife Tour         
    • Anything else not mentioned above