Upper Murraylands Cruise on Murray Princess 2023/2024

Discover the delights from Mannum to Morgan in our newest cruising option for travel.

Members from: $3,029 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $3,059 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $3,989

  • Type

    River Cruising

  • Destination


  • Cruise Line

    Murray Princess

  • Supplier


  • Booking Code


  • Departs

    14 April 2023

    19 May 2023

    11 August 2023

    8 September 2023

    13 October 2023

    19 January 2024

    9 February 2024

    15 March 2024


  • See big river gorges & towering sandstone cliffs

  • Get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat

  • Riverland food & wine tasting (A tasting of 2 Reds & 2 White wines & local produce)

  • Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown

  • Experience Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre for wine tastings followed by a delicious lunch & DVD presentation

  • Free time in the township of Waikerie to visit the District Machinery and Preservation Museum & Rain Moth Gallery

  • Tour the gardens and orchards and visit the cellar door at Caudo Vineyard

  • Guided walk of Morgan township and the Morgan Living History Museum

  • 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 and Native Wildlife Shelter

  • Riverside Aussie Barbecue

  • Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites

  • Delight in a scenic tender boat ride

This delightful seven-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 may 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and 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. This morning, your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river and the birdlife 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. In the afternoon, join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland.

Tonight, sit back and enjoy being entertained by our on-board entertainer.


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 secure the vessel at Morgan and after dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.


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 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 re-board the Murray Princess and continue our journey upriver and secure at the 329km mark of the Murray River.


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 the Morgan Living History 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”.


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 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. Catch up with friends over a coffee or drink whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery.

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), 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.