Satisfy your cruise cravings with a weekend getaway on the Murray River

While the threat of the pandemic continues to restrict ocean cruising, this winter is the perfect time to swap out views of the blue seas with views of the mighty Murray River. 

South Australia’s much loved majestic paddlewheeler, PS Murray Princess, has returned to the Murray River. With it, comes an all-new, three-night cruise itinerary. 

The long-weekend trip will see you set off from the historic port of Mannum on select Fridays in July, August, and September. Your weekend will include meandering up the river discovering historic towns and celebrating the region’s food, wine, flora and fauna.

Paddlewheeler, PS Murray Princess. Image: Supplied/SeaLink Travel Group

Itinerary inclusions

Learn about the Aboriginal history at the amazing Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve – one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites. See the towering sandstone cliffs at Big Bend. Then experience an iconic Australian Woolshed Shearing Show at Sunnydale, followed by a visit to the native wildlife shelter. A guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat is also on the schedule.

On board, sample the delights of the Murray and Riverland regions with a structured tasting in the Sturt Dining Room. Take in the picturesque scenery of red gum forests and sandy beaches from the top sun deck. Or relax in one of two air-conditioned paddlewheel lounges, where you can watch the working paddle wheel through a two-story glass window. 

Image: South Australian Tourism Commission
Murray River weekend cruise holiday
Cruising on the Murray Princess. Image: Supplied/SeaLink Travel Group

As with most tours, there are some optional extras as well, including the chance to observe the stars of the Milky Way on a Dark Sky Night Tour at the internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserve – the only one in Australia. 

If the Murray River Restart Cruise has you wanting more, you can also embark on the popular seven-night Upper Murraylands Cruise, departing on 17 July, 7 August, and 11 September 2020.

This week-long cruise explores the northern area of the Murray River from Mannum to Morgan, before returning to Mannum. In addition to the activities on the three-night itinerary, guests will visit the historic towns of Waikerie, Morgan and Swan Reach, with stops at Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre for a delicious lunch and wine tastings, and Caudo Winery for a cellar door visit and tour of its beautiful gardens. 

Murray River weekend cruise holiday
Image:Supplied/SeaLink Travel Group

Rates and fares

Rates for the three-night Murray River Restart Cruise start from $836 per person, twin share, with savings for early bookings. While rates for the seven-night Upper Murraylands Cruise start from $1984 per person, twin share.

All fares include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, use of the ship’s facilities and either return coach transfers from Adelaide CBD to Mannum or secure car-parking in Mannum.

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