5 Night Proud Mary Cruise + Kangaroo Island PM5KI
5 Night Cruise, 1 Night On Kangaroo Island Plus 2 Nights in Adelaide
Why not combine a 5 night Murray River Cruise with a 2 day 1 night stop over at the end of your cruise at the famous Kangaroo Island! Take the time to explore Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s finest nature-based tourism destinations and one of Australia’s National Landscapes. This relaxed yet comprehensive two day Kangaroo Island tour allows you to discover Kangaroo Island’s fascinating wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, stunning landscapes and unique local produce. 2 nights accommodation in Adelaide is included in this package and travel to Kangaroo Island and back is via a luxurious ferry.
5 Night Cruise, 1 Night on Kangaroo Island plus 2 Nights in Adelaide – 8 Nights Package. Depart Friday year round.
Riverview Cabin accommodation and meals 5 night cruise
1 night accommodation at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
Coach and ferry transfer to Kangaroo Island departing approx. 6.20am
2 Day Best Of Kangaroo Island Tour including Clifford’s Honey Farm, Seal Bay, Birds of Prey Display, Kingscote, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, Emu Bay Lavender Farm, Reeves Point. Lunch both days
Overnight accommodation including full buffet breakfast on Kangaroo Island
Return ferry and coach to Adelaide arriving approx. 10.40pm
1 night accommodation at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
- Murray River Cruise
- Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
- Seal Bay Conservation Park
- In-Flight Birds of Prey Display
- Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
- Clifford’s Honey Farm
- Emu Bay Lavender Farm
- Reeves Point
- Emu Bay
- Pennington Bay
- Wine tasting at Dudley Wines Clifftop Cellar Door
- Proud Mary Cruise 5 Nights
- All cabins have a private ensuite
- Your choice of double or twin beds
- Air conditioning / heating
- Hair dyer
- Tea and coffee facilities
- Daily room service
- Meals as specified
- Coach and ferry transfers to Kangaroo Island
- Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide (2 Nights)
- Kangaroo Island (2 Day Tour/1 Night)
- Book coach transfers from Adelaide
- Book car parking in Murray Bridge
- Select a particular cabin or deck
Prices & Dates
1 Sunday (Supper)
Departing from Murray Bridge which is just 1 hour North of Adelaide in the heart of the Murraylands, the Captain and crew of the luxurious Proud Mary look forward to welcoming you aboard. Upon boarding at 7.15pm you will be shown to your superb river view accommodation with time to settle in and enjoy a drink at the bar before a delicious supper is served at 8.30pm.
As you cruise, the boats powerful floodlights illuminate the shore. Enjoy a buffet supper at approximately 8:30 pm as you cruise this evening and the Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the shore.This is an excellent opportunity to see the River environment in a different perspective and may allow you to view of some of the nocturnal wildlife, especially birds such as night herons, owls and coots. Later, Proud Mary ties up for a night of peace and tranquility in the Australian bush at Sunnyside.
2 Monday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your Proud Mary cruise continues upstream as you enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast. You will pass huge lagoons teeming with bird life. During floods these inland lagoons were so immense that in the early riverboat days, Captains could not find the true channels. In many cases the water expanded for miles. In the early 1900’s riverboat Captains planted willow trees along the banks to clearly mark the main river channel. Today the willows provide the perfect haven for the prolific and colourful bird life.
Mid morning Proud Mary arrives in picturesque Mannum. Here you will board the waiting coach for a history tour of this small township which played a significant role in the development of South Australia. Captain William Randell launched the 1st Paddle Steamer on The Murray River the Mary Ann in 1853. By the late 1880’s there were over 250 Paddle Steamers and barges trading on the River Murray, and Mannum became an industrious inland port. You will re-trace the colourful history of several pioneering families whose efforts shaped the successful development of this region. Your tour includes a visit to the Olden Days, Olden Ways Museum in Mannum, here you will find a large collection of historic memorabilia. Lunch will be served aboard Proud Mary as you cruise upstream past lovely Lake Carlet, peaceful Bow Hill and Purnong. Early in the evening, Proud Mary moors at Walker Flat.
This evening is “Australiana Night” and we will be featuring the use of some traditional Bush foods such as emu, kangaroo, damper bread, fresh water crustaceans (yabbies), lemon myrtle, wild bush tomatoes and quandongs (wild peaches), combined into exciting creations by our chefs to showcase a new evolving Australian cuisine. This evening join our resident ecologist for a Nocturnal Discovery Tour. This tour provides an insight to the abundant wildlife, including the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat; floodlights illuminate the secluded outback enabling you to easily view the native flora and fauna.
3 Tuesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast Proud Mary continues upstream. You will pass fascinating Wongulla where, some fifty years ago, men found the petrified remains of a shark. It was twenty million years old. Mid Morning Proud Mary arrives at the pioneering township of Swan Reach.
In the afternoon arrive Swan Reach and board your waiting coach for a tour to Costa Brothers Almond Farm. Discover how this state of the art almond farm uses water-recycling technology to limit its direct impact on the river system and help secure the diverse ecosystem of the river. Also visit the Swan Reach Museum which is housed in the original school building that was built in 1917.
Your cruise this evening takes you to Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived there.The Proud Mary moors overnight on a beautiful beach amongst towering River Red Gums.
4 Wednesday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
You will wake this morning in one of the most unspoilt and picturesque areas of the River Murray. You will be taken on an environmental discovery walk where even today you will see evidence of an ancient Aboriginal civilisation – a huge canoe tree still stands. Learn about Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived there. In native dialect moorundie means sand or sandy, the site where the history of the area began in 1840 when explorer Edward John Eyre established a village named ‘Sturt’ after the famous navigator.
As Proud Mary cruises downstream, you will pass magnificent lagoons teeming with bird life, awesome cliffs reaching for the sky and spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. This afternoon your vessel ties alongside the towering cliffs of Big Bend. Enjoy a highlight of your expedition with a guided cruise led by our ecologist aboard a small boat through the lagoons and inlets. You will have the chance to see some of the 320 species of bird life in this area with the aid of binoculars and your well informed guide. This evening there is a traditional Australian barbecue on shore followed by live entertainment around a blazing campfire.
5 Thursday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
An early departure this morning you will see the sun rise over the towering cliffs while you enjoy your breakfast. The Proud Mary berths at the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal conversation area where you will be met by a local Aboriginal guide and shown over Australia’s first Aboriginal Archaeological digs. It contains galleries of Cave Art, smoke stains from ancient fires and an excavated campsite of a civilisation over 8,000 years old.
As you cruise this afternoon there will be on-board activities organised by the Cruise Director, time to relax and view the River environment and the associated bird life or browse through our library resources and learn more about this fascinating environment before an afternoon arrival in Mannum. Passengers who have not seen the ‘P.S. Marion’ may visit the fascinating floating museum or stroll the magnificent lawns of lovely Mary Ann Reserve.
This evening you are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the bar followed by our Captain’s Dinner – five sumptuous courses to tempt the most discerning palate.
6 Friday (Breakfast, Lunch)
A chance for a short stroll on Mary Ann Reserve prior to boarding the waiting coach for a tour of Reedy Creek Environmental Park which played a significant part in the lives of the ancient Nganguruku and Ngaralta Aboriginal tribes, offering natural rock shelters, permanent water and an abundance of wild game for hunting. You will have the opportunity to take a fascinating bush walk through the Reedy Creek Gorge where your guide will provide information enabling you to identify significant rock formations and the abundant native vegetation and bird life.
Re-board the Proud Mary as we begin the final leg of your journey. Today, lunch is a superb buffet of fresh local produce. This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery before the vessel ties up once more in Murray Bridge around 4.00 pm, the Captain and crew bid farewell to guests and new-found friends before a late afternoon disembarkation.
The evening is yours free to wonder the city of Adelaide before settling into your included accommodation at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel for the night.
* All itineraries are subject to weather conditions
* All river view rooms have a private ensuite, double or twin beds, air-conditioning / heating and tea and coffee facilities.. You will then need to make your way back to Adelaide (either coach transfer or garaging – See Good to Know page on our website).
7 Saturday (Lunch)
An early morning pick up from your hotel for a scenic coach journey to Cape Jarvis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. On arrival, board the Sea Link Cruise for the 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Here you will board your luxury Sea link coach and your local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination.
Your first official stop will be Clifford’s Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tasting’s and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Then travel onto Vivonne Bay Bistro located on a 260 hectare bush property, for a delicious two course lunch. After lunch visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and enjoy a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger amongst a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian Sea- lions.
Your tour will then visit another amazing wildlife attraction, the fascinating Birds of Prey free-flight demonstration, an interactive and educational display of native Australian birds and raptors. From here you will travel to Kingscote before being transferred to your Kangaroo Island overnight accommodation.
8 Sunday (Breakfast, Lunch)
After your morning hotel pick up, your second day of touring begins at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, an interesting bush engineered eucalyptus distillery that makes the most of its environmental resources. After testing and tasting the eucalyptus products, travel to the centre of Kangaroo Island to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can feed Kangaroo Island kangaroos and take a guided tour of this wildlife and bird park.
Next, travel to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts, followed by a scrumptious two course lunch at Hanson Bay Visitor Centre & cafe. After lunch travel to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia’s largest and earliest conservation parks.
After a short stop at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre, travel through the park and enjoy breath-taking views of its unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch providing great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks.
Return to Penneshaw Cruise Terminal for the return journey to Adelaide, on arrival in Adelaide at 10.40pm you will be dropped off at your included accommodation at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel for the night.
About the cruises
Operating two and five night cruises 365 days of the year, departing from and returning to Murray Bridge, just 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Adelaide, the Proud Mary caters for a maximum of only 36 passengers. This boutique product provides the ideal environment for passengers to explore, experience, indulge and discover the Murray River. The well appointed bar, lounge and dining area provide the perfect location for indulging in the culinary delights of the resident chef, while viewing the passing Australian scenery.
Australia’s River Murray is one of the world’s legendary rivers, in fact, the fourth longest river system in the world. Mysterious, massive and meandering 3,700 kilometres, it ranks with the Mississippi, the Nile and the Amazon. Boasting some of the most spectacular and rugged Australian landscapes, the River Murray is home to an array of abundant wildlife and bird life. It is aboard your intimate cruising that you can discover the River Murray’s ecosystem at its best.
This boat boasts 18 spacious river view cabins that have been renovated, a lounge, dining area and well appointed bar.
Order a drink and venture out onto the boats spacious open decks or enjoy the intimate lounge and dining area. The captains commentary may spark an interest to peruse the vessel’s resource centre and learn more from one of the many books available. You may like to enjoy a cuppa from the continuous tea and coffee available in the dining room or browse the souvenirs available for purchase.
Explore at your leisure any of the spectacular mooring locations; enjoy a walk through the bush land or discover the backwaters in one of the available canoes. For those who like a spot of fishing, reels and bait are available, simply ask one of the crew.
Wifi is available on board. 350MB is free and then the cost is $10 per 1GB. Service can vary along the river.
Your boat boasts 18 spacious river view cabins. With only one room type, each cabin has twin or double beds, individually controlled air conditioning units, private en-suite. tea & coffee making facilities and hair dryers. Each cabin is approximately 9 square meters and the ensuite is 2.5 square metres. All rooms offer spectacular river views and open on to balcony areas. Cabins are serviced twice daily.
Cabin Selection – Although all cabins are lovely, en-suite, outside cabins with a river view, some passengers may prefer a cabin on the View Deck (middle deck) for easy access. Other passengers may like the Sun Deck (top deck) as it is a little quieter. We are happy to request the deck of your choice, however a surcharge applies per cabin per night will be applied for all cabin requests. Cabin request are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. View the deck plan.
This cruise boat is a boutique vessel providing an intimate and friendly atmosphere, offering a true insight into South Australia’s Outback. A modern vessel built to provide the ideal way to experience Australia’s most famous river, The River Murray. Accommodating only 36 passengers in deluxe river view cabins, the boat provides a unique nature based experience with a touch of luxury.
The vessel, originally designed by Mr Peter James, a Naval Architect was built in Berri, South Australia on the banks of the River Murray, by the Berri Ship building company in 1982. Purpose built with a shallow draft, allowing the vessel to safely navigate shallow sections of the river. The original style of the vessel was taken from the Mississippi river cruisers.
The first cruise was in August 1982 from Murray Bridge in South Australia. The proprietors have owned & operated the vessel since it was built and has been refurbished on a periodical basis since 1982. The vessel produces its own power from onboard generators and wastewater is stored onboard then removed when in port in accordance with environmental guidelines.
All Cabins have a private ensuite, double or twin beds (your choice), air conditioning / heating and tea and coffee facilities. If you would like to select a particular cabin of deck you can, for an additional $35 per day. Wi-Fi is available on board. 350MB is free and then the cost is $10 per 1GB. Service can vary along the river.
Passengers travelling by coach:
The ‘Proud Mary’ Coach departs from the Adelaide Central Bus Station at 85 Franklin Street at 6.00 pm sharp (please check-in at 5.45pm at Bay 2), arriving at Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge at 7.15 pm. Please note due to new coach terminal regulations the coach must leave on time. Should you be unable to make the departure time, alternative arrangements to get to Murray Bridge will have to be made. On the completion of your cruise, you will be collected from Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge by the ‘Proud Mary’ coach at approximately 4.00 pm for your transfer to Adelaide Central Bus Station where you will arrive at approximately 5.30pm.
Passengers garaging your car:
Please make your own way to Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge at 7:00pm. Upon arrival the Proud Mary Crew will advise as to garaging of your vehicle.
Can I get picked up for the Proud Mary by the bus at my hotel?
Proud Mary Cruises coach transfers depart from the Central Bus Station in Adelaide and not at individual hotels.
These are available to and from Murray Bridge at the small cost of $55 each way ($110 return).
The coach departs from the Adelaide Central bus station, 85 Franklin Street.
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure. Coach transfer need to be prebooked.
- Friday and Sunday coach departure times from Adelaide for cruises departing from Murray Bridge – 6:00pm
- Friday and Sunday coach arrival times into Adelaide for cruises disembarking in Murray Bridge – 5:45pm
I have limited mobility, is there anything I need to know for a Proud Mary cruise?For the cruises on the Proud Mary, has no lift and all passengers will need to be able to manage stairs to access the dining room.
Is there a doctor onboard?
The ships crews do not include a doctor, however the ship’s Officers are trained in First Aid. There is no pharmacy onboard. Please ensure you bring adequate prescription medicines you may require.
Can we swim in the river?Yes. If you wish to swim in the river please seek advise from one of the deck staff as to the easiest and safest method of doing so.
Are my valuables safe?
For your convenience valuables may be lodged with the Captain for safe keeping in the Captain’s safe. The company accepts no liability.
What will the weather be like?
Rain or shine, waters on the Murray always make for smooth sailing. As a guide, expected seasonal temperatures range from 16-35 degrees Celsius during summer and 6-17 degrees Celsius during winter.
Can I smoke on the boat?
Smoking is only permitted in the areas designated for smoking, such as the rear deck. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers please refrain from smoking pipes and cigars. Cigarettes are not sold onboard.
Is there electricity onboard the boats?
The ships electricity is AC 240 volts 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia). Hairdryers are provided on the cruises, how ever you are welcome to bring your own shavers and hairdryers if you wish.
What should I wear?
During the day, sportswear and casual clothes are suggested. We kindly ask that you do not wear bathing suits, singlets or brief attire in public rooms and lounges, especially in the Dining Room. Footwear is requested in both the Dining Room and Lounges. During the evening smart casual wear is recommended – an open neck shirt and slacks for gentlemen and a dress, skirt and blouse or pants outfit for the ladies. At the Captains Dinner on the final night of the cruise, a jacket and tie would not be out of place for gentlemen and a cocktail dress or pants outfit for the ladies. Be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses and good sun blocks. Sandals, low-heeled deck shoes and tennis shoes are most suitable on deck and for shore excursions.
How much baggage can I bring?
Baggage is limited to what you can stow in your cabins, so you would be advised not to over pack. All bags must be clearly labelled with your name. Bags have to be handled by crew and we would appreciate a weight limit of 15 kg.
We have a special occasion to celebrate, what can you do for us?You may want to order a cake, champagne or make some other celebratory arrangement for that special occasion. Please give two weeks notice before sailing.
What do we do with special requests or dietary requirements?
Once we leave the wharf these ships cannot obtain additional supplies or medicines. Special requests or dietary requirements must be advised to your booking agent as early as possible. Upon boarding please consult with your Cruise Director. Please also ensure you bring any prescription medication you may need.
Do I need to bring anything at check in?
The following information is required at check-in: – Photo identification for each passenger (drivers license or passport) – Your cruise confirmation number (located on your e-ticket) – Your credit card (as security against your onboard Cabin account)