Cruising the Murray River

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Cruising the Murray River

Cruising the Murray River

3 Day Houseboat Journey

Overview

A Murray River Safari is a wildlife adventure set on Australia’s greatest river where you’ll discover the diverse wildlife and birdlife of the dryland and aquatic landscapes Riverland Ramsar Wetland of International Importance where more than 180 endemic bird species have been recorded. In just 3 days you’ll encounter koalas, kangaroos and emus and admire the spectacular forests of a broad river bound by majestic ochre-coloured cliffs.

Your adventure will include: a guided canoe along tranquil backwaters encountering pelicans, darters, cormorants, and spoonbills, a guided cliff walk spotting Wedge-tailed Eagles, honeyeaters, and migratory bee-eaters.

A driving safari to the ephemeral lakes on in a high conservancy area where spectacular birdwatching can include Black swans and their cygnets, Pied Stilts, Red-necked Avocets, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, migratory waders and rarer Blue-billed ducks and Musk ducks.

On your Murray River Safari you will be moored opposite the spectacular Headings Cliffs. The scenery from your houseboat and your bedroom widows is always spectacular. In the evenings, relax in the houseboat lounge and share stories with your fellow travellers, or venture up to the top deck where a hot spa provides a perfect end to the day’s activities.

Your houseboat sleeps up to 10 people in 5 rooms (each room sleeps 2 people, queen bed or 2 singles), and each boat has 2 bathrooms with hot showers, a spacious lounge and modern kitchen.

Note: Shared Bathroom

Contact us for more information on Cruising the Murray River.

Itinerary

Day 1: Discover the river landscapes
Make your own way to Paringa (Self Drive or transfers can be arranged)

Meet the Murray River Safari team in Paringa where your guide will provide a brief introduction to the landscape before you board our roomy pontoon cruiser and begin cruising along the Murray River. You discover river country with keen eyes scanning the tree line for koalas and waterbirds. You’ll be welcomed at the houseboat where lunch has been prepared. Enjoy lunch while admiring the mighty red gums spotting pelicans, swallows, darters from the houseboat.

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided canoe through the quiet creeks where you’ll encounter pelicans, darters, cormorants, and spoonbills before cruising along the river on twilight. Returning back to the houseboat, enjoy a hot spa on the top deck overlooking the river at sunset and listen to the Whistling Kites call. Nocturnal walking and stargazing the night skies await after dinner and your guides will help you find Possums and star constellations in the night sky.

Day 2: Walking and birdwatching
After a nourishing breakfast, enjoy a guided morning cliff walk with possibilities of spotting Wedge-tailed Eagles, honeyeaters, and migratory bee eaters in warmer months. Keen eyes will also be on the lookout for Fairywrens, kangaroos and striped emu chicks in spring.

Returning to the houseboat for lunch, there is time to rest before driving to a great ephemeral lake where spectacular birdwatching can include Black swans and their cygnets, Pied Stilts, Red-necked Avocets, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, migratory waders and rarer Blue-billed ducks and Musk ducks. Harriers and Whistling Kites will be busy in this area and an occasional Wedge-tailed Eagle may visit.

The afternoon is spent on the houseboat admiring the sunset from the top deck spa before your guides prepare a locally-focused three-course meal to complete the day.

Day 3: Cruising the Murray River
The dawn chorus and aromas of great coffee raise you from your sleep. Enjoy breakfast on the houseboat as the sunlight on the cliffs is reflected in the mirror-like surface of the river. After breakfast you can explore the riverbank and the native plants on your island home. Gather your thoughts and record your inspirations during a leisurely cruise on the houseboat to the innovative Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery.

Meet the head brewer and enjoy a tour and tasting before savouring a lunch prepared by your guides. Then we say our farewells as you depart to Renmark town for transfers further afield.

Price + Inclusions

Cruising the Murray River Price per person
Twin Share $1,900

2021 & 2022 Departures: Friday Weekly, March to November

Minimum 5 pax – Maximum 10 pax

Inclusions:

  • Exclusive access to spectacular natural landscapes
  • Lodge style accommodation for 2 nights on a modern 10 berth houseboat
  • Luggage transfer to the customer’s room in the houseboat
  • All food and beverages including water, juices, beer and wine, tea and coffee
  • Knowledgeable guides to lead your walk and make all boat activities
  • 1 litre water bottles, day packs and optional walking poles
  • Access to a library of relevant publications to satisfy curiosity
  • Secure car parking

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