Murray River Outback heritage on Murray Princess 2023/2024

​The cruise takes you north on the great Murray River from the historic river port of Mannum to Blanchetown.

Members from: $1,759 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $1,769 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $2,549

  • Type

    River Cruising

  • Destination


  • Cruise Line

    Murray Princess

  • Supplier


  • Booking Code


  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.


  • 4 nights on Murray Princess

  • Depart historic Mannum

  • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown

  • Cellar door tasting at Burk Salter Boutique Winery

  • Walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry)

  • Big Bend towering sandstone cliffs

  • Sunnydale Woolshed Show, Native Wildlife Shelter, and riverside Aussie Barbecue

  • Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites

  • Scenic tender boat ride

The cruise takes you north on the great Murray River from the historic river port of Mannum to Blanchetown. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery, from towering cliffs to expansive farmlands. Along the way you may see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos and many of about 350 bird species that inhabit the Riverlands. Highlights include a vineyard tour and wine-tasting at a local cellar door, an Aussie barbecue beside the river; visit a wildlife shelter and a guided walk through one of Australia’s most significant aboriginal archaeological sites.

Key points:

Day 1: Selected Mondays - Cruise Departs Mannum at 4:30pm (Boarding from 2:30pm) Coach Transfers depart Adelaide CBD from 1:20pm

RETURNS: Day 5: The following Friday – Cruise returns to Mannum at 9:00am

Coach Transfers arrive in Adelaide at approx. 11:00am – 11:30am or 12:00pm Adelaide Airport or 5:30pm after optional Barossa Wine and Heritage tour or 6pm Adelaide Airport

PLEASE NOTE: Barossa tour itinerary is subject to change without notice.



Mid-afternoon the 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.


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 visit Burk Salter Boutique Winery 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 (additional cost). Join a 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.

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 by powerful spotlights. Special stops along the way are included to view the spectacular night sky which is part of the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve.


After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, 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. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic tender boat ride. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a delicious final night dinner and enjoy the evening entertainment.


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

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All fares and prices are in Australian Dollars and valid from 01 April to 31 March. All fares and prices are subject to availability, surcharges, blackout periods, minimum night stays and seasonal variations. Always check your travel documentation for final prices.