7 Night Murray Princess Upper Murraylands Cruise Australia Day 2022 MR7UAD
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7 Night Murray Princess Upper Murraylands Cruise Australia Day 2023
Depart 20 January 2023
Celebrate the best of Australia with a 7 night Australia Day cruise. This special cruise is to the Upper Murraylands, there is a limited number on offer each year, but none will compare to the Australia Day Special Event Cruise.
This delightful 7 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’ll 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.
- Depart historic Mannum
- 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 buffet 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
- Optional Nocturnal Tour at Sunnydale in a comfortable purpose built cart (additional cost)
- Optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost)
- Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites
- Enjoy Australia Day festivities and entertainment
- All meals (buffet & a la carte)
- An exciting selection of onshore tours
- Guided nature walks & eco-excursions
- Onboard presentations
- Use of gym
- Captain’s Dinner & Dance
- Live entertainment
- 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar
- Lift access from Randell Deck to Sturt Deck
- Complimentary return coach transfers from Adelaide or return to the Adelaide Airport or car parking in Mannum (bookings essential)
- Captain’s Australia Day Buffet on Tuesday 26 January 2021
Prices & Dates
Mid-afternoon the PS 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 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. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a scenic tender boat ride. After dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.
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, participate in a Table Quiz Challenge.
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 buffet 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 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 the guided 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 $20 per person) in a comfortable purpose built cart is available after dinner where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls.
After an optional Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost $38 per person), 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. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.
We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.
Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice.
This amazing river cruise boat is a true inland paddlewheeler, purpose built for the Murray River. This classic river boat was designed as a modern romantic representative of a river boat similar to hundreds of such vessels who used to trade up and down the Murray River. These days most Murray River vessels have imitation paddles, however this boat boast authentic, massive stern propelled paddlewheels used to cruise the river.
Catering to 120 passengers, the boat offers passengers a unique river boat small ship cruise on the Murray River. Join only the finest Captains and crew who are passionate about what they do and are delighted to share with you their knowledge and stories. Onboard the paddlewheeler the dining saloon is spacious with a character and charm of yesteryear. The paddlewheeler will offer you a relaxed and informal experience coupled with the warmth and friendliness so unique to a Murray River cruise.
Dining aboard includes delicious seasonal menus, including local, fresh produce. Salmon, scotch fillet, chicken, quiche, lamb shanks and pork cutlets – you’ll have the option to enjoy them all in the Dining Room on the Sturt Deck. Each meal is accompanied by coffee or tea. There is also a Captain’s Dinner and buffet dining, with a special campfire barbecue on the banks of the Murray River during the 4 and 7 night cruises. All special dietary and allergy information must be advised. Where possible, staff will endeavour to meet your requests. As a guide we regularly cater for Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Diabetic and non-Seafood passengers.
Gym, two bars, two lounges, single-sitting dining saloon; speed boat; gift shop, library and video/DVD; lift (Randell, Cadell & Sturt Decks only); free Wi-Fi, guest laundry and 24-hour tea and coffee facilities. Please be advised that the sun deck, all cabins and public rooms are non-smoking.
Smoking is permitted in designated areas of the outside decks only. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, please refrain from smoking pipes and cigars. Cigarettes are not sold on board. Smoking areas are restricted to the Sturt Deck in front of the bar area and the Randell Deck forward deck.
The boat has 60 cabins and staterooms each with private bathroom ensuite, electric blankets, soap, shampoo, hairdryers, air-conditioning, towels and daily servicing. Each cabin is approximately 12 sq metres. Four of the outside cabins and their ensuite bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Two cabins located on Randell Deck are opposite the lift for easy access to the dining and lounge decks. View the deck plan.
Staterooms (6) spacious Staterooms are located on the Randell and Cadell decks. Each stateroom offers a queen bed (four have an extra single bed) and open onto the outside deck walkway. Mini-bars, fridges and tea and coffee making facilities are also included.
Outside Cabins (45) are located on Randell and Cadell Decks and the majority of these cabins have twin bedding with limited double bedded cabins available. Each outside cabin opens onto the outside deck walkway with picture windows to view the passing scenery.
Inside Cabins (9) are located on the lower Chaffey Deck and open onto a wide inside passageway. Inside cabins offer twin bedding with limited double bedded cabins available and have portholes facing the outside. Inside Cabins are accessed via stairs, there is no lift access to this deck.
All guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and are required to have a negative Rapid Antigen Self-Test (RAT) taken on the morning of cruise departure. Tests are to be acquired at guests’ own expense for self-testing.
All passengers will be required to have covid vaccinations to travel.
All meals (table d’hote and a la carte menus), An exciting selection of onshore tours, Guided nature walks & eco excursions, Onboard presentations, Use of the gym, and Live entertainment. Not Included: Drinks, Optional tours & services, Coach Transfers, or Carparking.
You will require Photo ID for each passenger (driver’s licence or passport), or some form of acceptable identification and your travel documents.
Your travel is subject to the terms and conditions of the Passengers Cruise Contract, which you will complete when booking your cruise.
The Murray Princess cruises depart and return to Mannum at 4:30 pm. You can check in from 2.30 pm. Please ensure you arrive at the vessel no later than 4.00 pm.
Please refer to your itinerary for boarding times and locations, note that special itineraries may have different departure and return information.
Coach Transfer Departures
Coach transfer must be pre-booked. Coach Transfers depart from the below Adelaide CBD locations:
- Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin Street Adelaide at 1:20pm
- Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square Adelaide at 1:30pm
- Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, 55 Frome Street Adelaide at 1:35pm
- Crowne Plaza Adelaide, 27 Frome Street Adelaide at 1:35pm
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Terrace Adelaide at 1:45pm
- The Terrace Hotel Adelaide, 208 South Terrace Adelaide at 2:00pm
Coach Transfer Returns
Coach transfer must be pre-booked. Coach Transfers back to the below Adelaide locations, depart Mannum at 9.30 am and
arrive in Adelaide at approx. 11:00 am– 11:30amor 5:30 pm after optional Barossa Wine and Heritage tour:
- Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin Street Adelaide
- Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square Adelaide
- Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, 55 Frome Street Adelaide
- Crowne Plaza Adelaide, 27 Frome Street Adelaide
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Terrace Adelaide
- The Terrace Hotel Adelaide, 208 South Terrace Adelaide
- Adelaide Airport (12:00pm / 6:00pm)
You may choose to be transferred to the Adelaide Airport, your arrival time will be approximately 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm. Please allow at least 3 hours after arrival for your flights to allow for possible delays getting to the airport.
PLEASE NOTE: Departure and return times may vary on a few of our Special Event Cruises. Please check your cruise itinerary for this information.
Cruise Car Parking
Park your vehicle in the car parking in front of the Murray Princess; after you have checked in and your luggage has been stowed on the vessel, our crew will direct you to the parking facilities. Please note every care will be taken but parking is at the passenger’s own risk. Car parking is subject to availability and pre-booking is required.
Those who are self-driving can board from 2.30 pm
Car parking facilities are unable to accommodate caravans or motorhomes. Please contact the Mannum Caravan Park on (08) 8569 1402 to make a booking.
Self-drive directions from Adelaide CBD to Mannum.
Travel on the South Eastern Freeway (National Highway M1) and take the Monarto Turnoff. Follow the signs to Mannum. When you arrive at Mannum, turn off Randell Street into Trewartha Street to Mary Ann Reserve. Park your vehicle in the car park in Mary Ann Reserve and proceed to check-in on board the Murray Princess.
Fitness To Travel
A Doctor’s Certificate of fitness to travel is required from all passengers aged 80 or over. If passengers have pre-purchased Travel Insurance, a doctor’s certificate may not be required.
All Passengers: The Carrier reserves the right to refuse passage to a passenger, or to disembark a passenger, who has failed to give proper notice of physical disability, illness, or handicap requiring special care, attention, or treatment or who in the Carrier’s opinion is physically or mentally unfit for travel. Please refer to Clause 8 of the Passenger Cruise Contract.
Download Guidelines for Limited Mobility and Fitness to Travel
Onboard Food and Drinks
Menus: Aboard the Murray Princess, you will enjoy a seasonal menu, including local, fresh produce. Salmon, scotch fillet, chicken, quiche, lamb shanks, and pork cutlets – you’ll have the option to enjoy them all in the Dining Room on the Sturt Deck. Each meal is accompanied by coffee or tea. *Menus are subject to change without notice.
Drinks: A wide variety of drinks, including wine, beer, cocktails, aperitifs, and soft drinks, are available for purchase from the bar. There is a large range of wines from South Australian wineries, including Banrock Station, Burk Salter’s Winery, and Yalumba. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails are also available for you to enjoy.
Special Dietary and Allergy Requirements Form
All special dietary and allergy information must be advised by completing your Passenger Cruise Contract when your deposit is paid. Where possible, requests will be met. As a guide, chefs regularly cater to Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, Diabetic and non-seafood passengers.
A range of gluten-free products is carried on board the PS Murray Princess including gluten-free/dairy-free bread, a selection of breakfast cereals, gluten-free/dairy-free margarine, soy milk (light and regular), rice milk, a small selection of sweet biscuits, and rice crackers. All of our sauces and gravys’ are made on-board and thickened with gluten-free corn starch. These menus have been prepared for your enjoyment, so please do not hesitate to discuss these options with your waiting staff or Cruise Director. All menus are indicative and subject to change without notice.
Sale prices will be listed on the website and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Discounts are off standard fare price only. Special Conditions and Important Information:
- Limited availability – a select number of cabins have been set aside for this special fare.
- Once these cabins have been sold, prices revert to Standard Fares.
- Valid for new bookings only.
- Savings apply to cruise fares only – they do not apply to other fees/charges including onboard drinks & services, onshore tours, pre/post accommodation, or other fees/surcharges that may be applied from time to time.
- Not valid with any other discount or special offer unless otherwise stated.
- Special prices, itineraries, and conditions may apply to all Special Event Cruises.
Even better than expected. My best friend and I chose the 3 night river cruise as a way to spend time together while living in separate states. We expected it to be a quiet relaxing few days with lots of “oldies”. In fact we very active 70 year olds were by no means the youngest on board and , with all the activities on offer, we were kept very busy and met such a lot of interesting, fun people over the few days. The crew were friendly and professional, food was good if not adventurous, the scenery absolutely stunning and so varied, all viewed from our gorgeous home vessel the Murray Princess. Yes, the cabins are very basic and tiny but served the purpose. You do need to be tidy! We ladies had such a good time we are planning to take our husbands back for the 4 night trip. It is such an Aussie adventure. Ruth
We did the 4 day Murray Princess cruise . The cruise is very relaxing with delicious food and very friendly staff. A great experience. The river is so beautiful. I hadn’t expected such gorgeous scenery. The boat was great, just big enough with several lounges. There wasn’t any over crowding in any part of the boat. The excursions were good too. The cabins although small were well set out and we didn’t have any problems with space. Beds were comfy. Only thing I can recommend is that the coffee shop be opened at 7am for us coffee lovers who love a good cappuccino first thing in the mornings. There was a coffee/tea station available 24 hours a day with biscuits and a big fruit basket which was appreciated. All in all a fabulous experience and I recommend everyone take a trip down the Murray River. Colleen
Starting from Mannum for a Murray River Cruise on the Murray Princess. We had a great 4 night cruise on the Murray Princess last week. We especially liked the time we spent at the Sunnydale property checking out the sheep shearing display and going for a spotlighting tour around the property that night. The Murray Princess crew also put on a great BBQ and show as well. The crew were great in all areas of making sure of our comfort, entertain and food requirements. Judith C
Murray Princess departure, arrival and transfer information
Complimentary Coach Transfers
Return coach transfers are available to PS Murray Princess guests.
Coaches depart Adelaide CBD on Mondays and Fridays at the following times:
- Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street) at 1.20pm
- Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (55 Frome Street Adelaide) at 1.30pm
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide (150 North Terrace) at 1.45pm
- Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide (125 North Terrace) at 2.00pm
- Sage Hotel Adelaide (208 South Terrace) at 2.10pm.
The return arrival time to Adelaide on Monday and Friday is approximately 11am to 11.30am and an option to be transferred to Adelaide Airport is available – please note pre-bookings are essential.
Return times may vary on a few of our Special Event Cruises. Please check your cruise itinerary for this information.
Complimentary Car Parking
Complimentary car parking is available at Mannum and is subject to availability, pre-bookings are essential.
Your Travel Document will include your car parking details if arrangements have been made. Park your vehicle in the car parking in front of the Murray Princess; after you have checked-in and your luggage has been stowed on the vessel, our crew will direct you to the parking facilities. Please note every care will be taken but parking is at the passenger’s own risk.
Please Note: Facilities are unable to accommodate caravans or motorhomes in our parking facilities. Please contact the Mannum Caravan Park on (08) 8569 1402 to make a booking.
I have limited mobility, is there anything I should know for the Murray Princess cruises?
For the cruises on the P.S. Murray Princess you will have access to a lift if you are booking an outside or stateroom cabin. However if you are booking an inside cabin you will have to manage 10 stairs. The boat has accessibility access and walkways for walkers, wheel chairs and motorised wheelchairs. If you require further information please contact us to discuss.
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.
Do I need to prove that I am fit enough to undertake a Murray Princess cruise?
The passenger warrants that they are physically fit and capable of undertaking the cruise. A certificate of fitness of travel by your doctor is required for passengers over 80 years of age and/or passengers with limited mobility. For full details please refer to the Passenger Cruise Contract and Guidelines for Limited Mobility and Fitness to Travel information.
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.
Can I get picked up for the Murray Princess by the bus at my hotel?
Complimentary coach transfers are available between Adelaide and Mannum (approx 90 minutes travel from Adelaide to Mannum) and are subject to availability – pre-bookings are essential. Adelaide Coach Transfers depart and return from the following CBD locations:
- Adelaide Central Bus Station 85 Franklin Street, Adelaide
- Majestic Roof Garden Hotel 55 Frome Street, Adelaide
- Stamford Plaza Adelaide 150 North Terrace, Adelaide
- Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide 125 North Terrace, Adelaide
- Sage Hotel Adelaide 208 South Terrace, Adelaide
The return arrival time to Adelaide on Monday and Friday is approximately 11am to 11.30am and an option to be transferred to Adelaide Airport is available – pre-bookings are essential.
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)