Water and sand to spare. My wife and I and two friends from the UK booked on The Spirit of the Coorong cruise for Sunday January 28th. The temperature was 40 Degrees plus, which did make conditions a little difficult, but not unbearably so. The trip through the Goolwa Barrage and then south to the Murray mouth was interesting, with a coolish breeze blowing through the boat. Because of the heat, the guide decided to beach the boat next to the river mouth so we could get ashore and up close and personal to the mouth of Australia's largest river, rather than walk over and through the sand dunes a bit further south. The mouth was a lot smaller than I expected for a river of this size. After an hour or so, we continued south and were served with a delicious cold meat and salad lunch. There was also an entree served of cockles ( pipis ) served in a garlic and white wine sauce for the many seafood lovers on board. I'm not one of them but I was assured by the passengers who did partake that they were exceptional. I recall some who had three serves, so they must have enjoyed them. Special dietary requirements advised at the time of booking were met with no difficulty. There were ample supplies of water and soft drinks at $ 2.00 per can/bottle to accompany the food, and at any other time during the cruise. We reached the southernmost point of the trip at a series of sandhills called Cattle Point, which is about 30 Km. from the Main Wharf at Goolwa from where we started. The options were to go ashore, climb the sandhill (s) and see the old aboriginal campsites, the flora and fauna and the way to find freshwater in the sandhills with sea water a few hundred yards away on either side, or stay on board in the comparative cool. Because of the extreme heat, there were only a few brave souls who attempted this walk. Those who did enjoyed the scenery and history, but struggled with the heat. The guides told us that had there not been a slight breeze, they would not have done the walk because of the weather. We headed back towards Goolwa, with coffee, tea and a magnificent fruit cake for afternoon tea on the way.We had left at 10.am and arrived back at the wharf just after 4.00pm. so we had a very pleasant and enjoyable 6 hours, with two very experienced and interesting guides, a comfortable boat and sightings of thousands of birds ranging from the smallest of the small up to and including the mighty Pelican, with its 2 meter plus wingspan. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day but we would have appreciated 10 degrees or so less ambient temperature. We will probably do this trip again in the cooler months.
Lovely birds and seals We had wonderful views on walk. There are thousands birds families beside the water. A group of seals enjoy the sunshine on the wood.The lunch was perfect.
Magnificent Wildlife We did the 6 hour Adventure Cruise which took us down the Younghusband Peninsula. Seals were frolicking at the Goolwa Barrage. We saw Emus, Pelicans, Cormorants, Swans and Pied Oyster Catchers. Being Spring, everything was coming to life. There was good water flow around the mouth of the River Murray - a welcome sight after years of drought. We had two walks through sandhills - one to the ocean and another to an Aboriginal midden. Be prepared for a little exercise to get through some deep sandy patches. Lunch on board the vessel was a nice assortment of cold meats and salads presented in our own container. The commentary was very informative and the Captain and staff looked after the group very well.