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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 Wednesday year round.
1 night accommodation Adelaide Hotel
Coach and ferry transfer to Kangaroo Island departing approx. 6.20am
2 Day Kangaroo Island Tour including Day 1:Seal Bay Conservation Park guided beach walk, 2-course lunch at Parndana Hotel, Kangaroos and Koala viewing at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park (#Koala holding additional cost), Flinders Chase National Park including Remarkable Rocks & Admirals Arch.
Overnight accommodation on Kangaroo Island including full buffet breakfast
Day 2: In-Flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain, 2-course lunch and Guided Tour at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm Shop, Tastings at Kangaroo Island Spirits, Structured Wine Tasting at False Cape Wines, Free time in Penneshaw for dinner (own expense)
Return ferry and coach to Adelaide arriving approx. 10.40pm
1 night accommodation at Adelaide Hotel
Riverview Cabin accommodation and meals 5 night cruise
** Coach Transfers from Adelaide to Murray Bridge or Car Parking at Murray Bridge can be added
For travel between 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021. All prices are AUD$ per person.
|River View Cabin April 2020 - March 2021||$ 3118||$ 4568|
Arrive in Adelaide at your leisure to check into your Adelaide Hotel (Superior Room Only)
Departs 6:45am (Day 1) from Adelaide Central Bus Station or selected Adelaide Hotels
Take a guided walk on the beach among a colony of rare and wild Australian sea lions with a National Parks Ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Get up close and see these wild creatures frolic and laze about – a truly amazing and unforgettable experience.
Enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch at the Parndana Hotel before visiting the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to feed some kangaroos and get up close to the Kangaroo Island Koalas while listening to the Keeper talk about the cuddly mammals. There is a photo opportunity to hold a Koala for an additional cost (additional cost#).
Spend the afternoon in the Flinders Chase National Park, which was devastated in the worst fire to ever hit the island in January 2020. You’ll see that the regeneration of the native bush occurs so quickly after the event and there will be many opportunities to take photos. As you travel through the park, keep an eye out for echidnas, wallabies, reptiles, and koalas.
See the rugged coastline from walks around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities, and the Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal the spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals. There is also a possibility to see more kangaroos and wallabies on your way to your chosen overnight accommodation.
KANGAROO ISLAND 1 NIGHT Aurora Ozone Hotel, Executive Room with Breakfast
Start your morning with a hearty buffet breakfast before heading off on day 2 of your tour. Your local guide will introduce you to some of the island’s leading creators where you will taste some local Kangaroo Island produce and wildlife
See the amazing Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain. The “In-Flight” Birds of Prey display is the only one in South Australia and is said by many to be the most interactive display of its kind in Australia!
Next, travel to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery for a delicious 2-course lunch followed by a talk about their history and a guided tour of the oil distillery. You’ll then have free time to peruse their souvenir shop where you will find an assortment of Eucalyptus products and a great range of gifts. Then visit Clifford’s Honey Farm shop where you can see a working beehive and find out about the Ligurian honey bees. Here you’ll be able to taste different varieties of pure Kangaroo Island Ligurian honey and sample their honey beauty products.
In the afternoon, stop at Kangaroo Island Spirits for a structured tasting. Known as ‘KIS’, the company is Kangaroo Island’s only boutique distillery and their award-winning Gin, Vodka and Liqueurs (which you’ll get to try) are all produced on the premises.
Our final stop for the day is the new False Cape Wines cellar door, where you’ll enjoy taking in the views of idyllic bushland and vineyard surrounds. Here you’ll enjoy a tasting of their premium Kangaroo Island wines.
Your tours ends at the Penneshaw Hotel where you have ample time for dinner (own expense) before returning to the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal for your return ferry and coach transfer back to Adelaide.
Returns 10:40pm (Day 2) to Adelaide Central Bus Station or selected Adelaide Hotels
ADELAIDE 1 NIGHT Adelaide at the Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide Hotel (Superior Room Only)
The morning is at your leisure in Adelaide. In the afternoon, make your way to the Adelaide Bus Station for your coach transfer or self drive to Murray Bridge.
Your five night cruise departs from Murray Bridge just 1 hour from Adelaide, where you will be welcomed aboard by the friendly Proud Mary crew. Enjoy a buffet supper at approximately 8:00pm as you cruise this evening and the Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the shore. It is a perfect opportunity to view the nocturnal animals of Australia in their natural habitat. Later the Proud Mary ties up for the night at Woodlane.
Your cruise continues upstream as you breakfast on a delicious buffet before a mid-morning Proud Mary arrival in picturesque Mannum, the birthplace of the river boat trade. Here you may board the waiting coach for an interesting tour of the Historic Mannum. Your guide will provide you with information. Lunch will be served aboard the Proud Mary as you cruise upstream to Walkers Flat. This evening is “Australiana Night” featuring typically Australian dishes. Followed by a guided Nocturnal Discover Tour, an insight into abundant wildlife including the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat.
After breakfast the Proud Mary cruises further upstream. 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
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 of Moorundie Creek, even today you will see evidence of an ancient Aboriginal civilisation – a huge canoe tree still stands. A highlight of your cruise is a guided cruise lead by an ecologist aboard a small boat through the lagoons and inlets of Big Bend. This evening there is a traditional Australian barbeque on shore followed by live Aussie entertainment around a blazing campfire.
This morning there will be time for further exploration of the tranquil Australian bush. The Proud Mary continues downstream through some of the most spectacular scenery on the entire River Murray system. We arrive at Ngaut Ngaut – a historical Aboriginal site. Here with your Aboriginal tour guide you will discover carvings and paintings on cliff faces made 3,000 to 20,000 years ago. Late afternoon arrive in Mannum for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a formal Captain’s Dinner.
Following breakfast the Proud Mary departs once more. Mid morning arrive Woodlane and board the waiting coach for a tour to
the Reedy Creek Environment tour. You will be joined by your guide for a tour of this fascinating area. Discover this permanent
watercourse from waterfalls, through swamps and wetlands. Reedy Creek and the waterfalls played a significant part in the lives
of the ancient Nganguruku and Ngaralta Aboriginal Tribes. Today, lunch is a superb buffet prepared with fresh local produce.
This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery before the vessel ties up once more in Murray Bridge, the Captain and
crew bid farewell to guests and new-found friends before disembarkation at 4.00pm.
From Murray Bridge you can either return to Adelaide via coach transfers or make your own way home.
* 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).
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 (Bay 2) at 85 Franklin Street at 6.00pm sharp (please check-in by 5.30pm at Bay 2), arriving at Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge at 7.00pm. 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 4.00pm 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 the garaging of your vehicle.
Travelling from Adelaide
Take the South Eastern freeway out of Adelaide to the first Murray Bridge exit. Carry on into Murray Bridge and turn right after the third set of traffic lights. This is East Street with the Bridge Port Hotel on the corner. Turn left onto Olympic Drive, left onto Wharf Road and slightly left onto Clark Street leading to the Clark Street public car park.
Travelling from the Eastern States
After travelling through Tailem Bend take the Murray Bridge exit and continue onto the township over the bridge. Take the first left once off the bridge. This is East Street with the Bridge Port Hotel on the corner. Turn left onto Olympic Drive, left onto Wharf Road and slightly left onto Clark Street leading to the Clark Street public car park.
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.
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.
For your convenience valuables may be lodged with the Captain for safe keeping in the Captain’s safe. The company accepts no liability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)