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Enjoy a Murray River cruise like no other. This seven night P.S. Murray Princess cruise covers 320 kms of the mighty Murray River, between Blanchetown and Murray Bridge, plus the breathtaking river lands of South Australia. Onboard P.S. Murray Princess you will experience the great variety of sights and sounds of river life from a paddle wheeler and witness the scenes of the Murray's ever-changing landscape. The cruise will visit historic Australian places, indigenous sites and follow the region's food and wine trail, including a visit to the famous Barossa Valley and it's wineries.
Cruise Includes All meals, an exciting selection of shore-side tours. guided nature walks & eco-excursions, onboard presentations, use of onboard gym, Captains Dinner & Dance Live Entertainment, live entertainment and 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar.
Paddle Steamer Murray Princess
About the cruises
Let the P.S. Murray Princess take you on a trip that will show you the lifestyles of Australia's early settlers.
Many years ago, hundreds of paddle wheelers cruised the Murray River's waters as they built Australia's early prosperity from river trading. Today passengers can experience their legacy in old riverside ports and in the surrounding country for which the paddle wheelers were a lifeline.
Prior to the paddle steamer days and many thousands of years ago, Aboriginal people were living traditional lives close to nature and the mighty Murray River. During your Murray River cruise you may have a chance to witness the marks our indigenous people left these many years ago.
Aboard your cruise boat you can experience the Australian nature, history and culture. At night sit on the decks as the boat cruises the river under floodlight that will bring you up close with native Australian wildlife, while visiting the banks of the Murray River at dusk and dawn.
The days of your Murray River cruise can be as active as you wish. Take some time to make new friends, appreciate the Australian bird life and native animals from the decks of your boat, or perhaps you may want to join one of onboard expert guides for a walk ashore, where you will learn more on the Murray River's natural and historical past.
For a relaxing, educational and interesting cruise holiday, get on the P.S. Murray Princess for an experience of a lifetime!
Late afternoon the famous Murray River paddle steamer, P.S. Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. Sit back and enjoy your P.S. Murray Princess Cruise as your boat cruises under floodlight to your overnight mooring at Craignook. From the paddle steamer you may see nocturnal wildlife on the Murray River bank, watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray River long necked tortoises and spoon-beaked echidnas. Your resident on-board entertainer provides music for those who enjoy the times of Murray River boat cruises.
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 you will begin your journey upriver. Tonight the boat will moor at Salt Bush Flat, where after dinner you can enjoy being entertained your talented crew.
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 metres cliffs of the upper river. Mid morning join everyone in the Sturt Dining room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the riverland's.
At the 205km mark the P.S. Murray Princess will turn and head down river to River View Lodge where your discovery vessel awaits for a backwater wildlife tour. Traveling in small, personalised groups, you will 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. During the afternoon also join the bocce or fishing challenge. This evening join the Captain and Officers for pre dinner drinks and the Captain's Dinner and Dance.
After breakfast, P.S. Murray Princess arrives at Mannum. Here you will join a complimentary coach tour (normally valued at $161 per person) to the famous Barossa Valley where many of Australia's world-renowned wines come from. You'll visit three premium wineries, have lunch and enjoy some free time in Tanunda before returning to your riverboat in preparation for the afternoon sail.
Mid-afternoon the paddle wheeler sets sail again from Mannum where you can take time to relax as the P.S. Murray Princess cruises up the mighty Murray River allowing you to enjoy pre-dinner drinks.
During the evening the Murray River boat will cruise under floodlight to an overnight mooring on the Murray River at Caurnamont. Keep your eyes peeled on the Murray River bank as you may see nocturnal wildlife including grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray River long necked tortoises and spoon-beaked echidnas. Settle in for a night's entertainment by an on-board entertainer who will provides music for those of you who wish a late night.
Daybreak comes on the Murray River and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific bird life can be seen from the decks of the P.S. Murray Princes and includes pelicans, blue wrens and black swans. After breakfast it's time to cruise the Murray River again, this time the paddle steamer will cruise upstream to Blanchetown, through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow of the Murray River and levels of water. Shortly the river boat will reach Salter's Station for overnight anchorage.
This evening, as the last rays of the sun fade, you can join one of expert guides for a tour of Burk Salter's vineyard on the banks of the Murray River, there is even time for a little wine tasting at the cellar door. Tonight enjoy all the fun and excitement of the Murray River Cup on board the P.S. Murray Princess.
After breakfast join a guide for a walk along the eco-sensitive wetlands of Salter's Station on the banks of the Murray River Australia. Back onboard the paddle steamer will cruise down the Murray River, after lunch many passengers enjoy an afternoon nap, watch the Australian landscape slide by, or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation.
During the afternoon your Murray River cruise will arrive at Sunnydale, here it's all ashore for the Woolshed Sound & Light Show that recreates typical Australian woolshed history. Later that day a visit is made to the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia's most interesting native animals are cared for.
That evening your chefs will prepare a great Aussie Barbecue cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River Australia. After dinner you will be treated to a nocturnal eco-tour by tractor and cart.
After breakfast the P.S. Murray Princes slowly cruises downstream along the mighty Murray River past magnificent cliffs scoured by the Murray River over millions of years. The next stop for the paddle boat is Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia's most significant archaeological sites. Take a step back in time tens of thousands of years and join a knowledgeable guide for a boardwalk view of ancient rock carvings and learn about aboriginal history in the area.
Back onboard the paddle steamer the boat will cruise down the Murray River to Young husband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. The P.S. Murray Princess will cruise past large billabongs, open expanses of water and cliffs amazingly high. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular farewell dinner onboard the P.S. Murray Princess.
After breakfast, P.S. Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where all new friends and crew reluctantly say farewell.
To make a booking a deposit will be required to confirm your places with the remaining balance due 60 days before the cruise departs. A cruise passenger information form will also be sent to you. This information is required to complete your booking. Bookings are only valid once full payment is made and all passenger paperwork is complete. All prices are subject to change and will be based on current availability.