Adventure cruise a must!! Spent a great six hours on this Coorong cruise. Very friendly, helpful and most of all knowledgable crew. Nice lunch included alongwith afternoon tea. Beware of mosquitoes on first walk. Second walk really enjoyable. Birdlife in abundance and also a few fur seals at the barrage.Need to be reasonably fit for the walks!
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.
Wonderful day cruise We have been to Victor Harbour many times but had not taken a Coorong cruise before. A neighbour suggested taking the day cruise and as we were fortunate enough to be there at the right time we decided to give up our sleep-in time and brave the cold to go on the cruise. Preparing ourselves for a cold day we set off from McCracken Country Club to the Goolwa Wharf to board the Spirit of the Coorong and settle for the cruise. The Captain, Bain and his offsider were very friendly and efficient in their handling of the boat and extremely knowledgeable about the area, bird species in the area and the local indigenous people. We had a delicious cold lunch and later afternoon tea (morning tea not usually provided but as there were not many of us it was). The side trips were spectacular and very informative. All in all we had a great 6 hours and would thoroughly recommend this to all visiting this area. A great way to spend the day and great value for money.