TripAdvisor Reviews

5 star ratingWater 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.

SimonsdadAdelaide Avatar SimonsdadAdelaide
2/03/2018

5 star ratingBoat trip We found the Discovery tour to the Murray Mouth very informative and very good value. You can sit inside the vessel or upstairs. We went through the Galwa barrage. Saw fur seals and many sea bird.

geziah Avatar geziah
7/14/2017

5 star ratingA fantastic family day out What an excellent day out. When hubby first suggested it l was a little unsure due to $$$ and with two children aged 8 and 9 who are very active didn't think they would sit still long enough to enjoy it. But how wrong was l. We got to sit outside up the top, and got to see all the action. We saw seals, various birds, even had a check-list where the kids could tick off the birds we had seen, so they were eagerly looking for bird to tick off the list. We loved getting off and following our guide on a walk to find cockle shells, the kids had a ball learning how to find them on the edge of the see (mum was a little nervous though), and learning about which plants are what and what is edible. Lunch was a real treat, cold meats and salads (the kids loved it), and brought out in cute little Tupperware type containers with the food in different sections, made it a lot easier to eat outside where it was windy. The kids enjoyed the walk to look at shells and loved digging in the sand to look for water. It was a brilliant 6 hours and well worth the money, even the kids did not squabble with each other once in the 6 hours... which is a common occurrence a lot lately.... so that is saying a lot... Only thing l would say is put on plenty of sunscreen and reapply it, a few of us got burnt... A terrific day out and if you have children they will really enjoy it and can learn a lot.

renee m Avatar renee m
1/09/2015
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