SILVER MEDALLIST in 2016 SA Tourism Awards

We are very proud to announce that we received a SILVER medal in the Tour & Transport Operators Category at the 2016 SA Tourism Awards.

A big thank you to everyone who has helped us to achieve our medal.

Without Spirit Australia Cruises – Spirit of the Coorong owners, captains, crew, and staff’s dedication, persistence and amount of effort we would not have our amazing cruise products.

Without the support of all those who have experienced our Cruises, we couldn’t have got this far.

TripAdvisor Reviews

5 star ratingDay trip to dream about in years to come We were taken on this trip as a joint birthday present and it was a super gift! We set off from Adelaide in the morning and spend the whole day on the boat. The day included lunch and afternoon tea. We landed twice and each landing place was entirely different from the other.

The first time we got to have a look at the mouth of Murray. It is amazing that the mouth of such a huge river is actually so small because of the amount of sand deposits and the way water is taken upstream. The crew warned us not to step in too far as there are such strong currents. So we all had to resist the temptation. There was a beautiful variety of shells and the sand was so fine, it felt wonderful under our feet. You could see where the river currents met the sea currents.

Then we cruised up along the peninsula and had all the different wild life identified for us. We didn't spot an Emu, but to be honest, we saw so many other species, that we had no complaints.

When we stopped for lunch we had our longest walk to the ocean side. It was a bit of a slog, but really well worth the effort. the hardest part was getting up the first set of big sand dunes. From there on to the ocean, it was just interesting and beautiful. We were shown how to collect wild cockles or chippies. They were delicious although I couldn't get any myself but other passengers who were more adept were generous with their catches. The leader made sure that everyone who wanted to try some, was given the chance. The ocean was awesome, although I had expected much bigger breakers.

On the way back to the boat for lunch, we stopped at an Aboriginal midden and were given a very interesting history of the Ngarrindjeri people who were the original inhabitants of the area. Sadly they were driven out as the supposedly more sophisticated civilization took over. Thankfully, the sacred sites, while they are displayed to tourists like ourselves, they are treated respectfully by the tour company. We were a bit shocked that, despite the instructions from the crew, some of the party actually did walk out onto areas which contained small middens and some sacred remains. White people are so strange!

When we got back to shore, the crew, who had bought chippies from a local supplier, had cooked them off in white wine and cream. Talk about delicious! My only complaint was that we didn't have any bread to dip in the gorgeous sauce.

Once we'd boarded after our snack, we took off out into the Coorong again and lunch was served. It was in pre-prepared trays and included salad, cold meat, hard boiled egg, coleslaw, bread and butter, cheese and biscuits. Although it looked a bit like an airline meal, it tasted much better and fresher. They also provided a vegetarian option too and those choosing this seemed very satisfied too.

With our cuppa in the afternoon we had a homemade treat, the name of which I have completely forgotten. Some of us even managed to get seconds!!

We then cruised back to the dock, watching the wildlife all the way. I couldn't tell you just how many species of birds we actually saw that day but it was definitely in the high two digits. The crew were fun and very well informed. They identified everything kind of bird we saw, and when we came home, we were able to verify their names in the books at home. Unfortunately I had forgotten to charge up my camera so I have no photos, but my memories are wonderful. It was a lovely idea and a very special birthday present. We'll remember it for many years to come.

It was not a cheap outing, but it was worth every penny.

contactcarmel Avatar contactcarmel
5/07/2013

5 star ratingExcellent! Highly recommended. Go now while the birds are there in their thousands. The trip we did on the Spirit of the Coorong runs for six hours on a Sunday. It was fabulous. I booked months in advance and it was full (it's a small boat).

Although cold and windy, we sat upstairs the whole time in order to maximise our view and our bird watching experience. This involved a woolly hat, scarf, gloves and three layers under a thick waterproof jacket which was required when the occasional full face of water was received! It was worth it as we would have seen thousands of birds .. black swans, pelicans, various types of cormorants, waders and birds of prey. Most people sat downstairs where it was warmer and a lot less windy and I reckon they missed out because they didn't have the gear.

The captain was friendly and knowledgeable about the area and the bird life. There were two stops, both fascinating in terms or Indigenous history, landscape and flora and fauna. The views are stunning.

It isn't always like this. A few years ago there were hardly any birds. Now they are there in the thousands and it's a wonderful experience to behold.

Lunch and morning tea is provided .. simple but adequate fare. Lunch is provided in little lunch boxes. My lettuce flew away given that I chose to be outdoors in a gale but it was worth it to see the birds!

TravellerFaye Avatar TravellerFaye
9/23/2011

5 star ratingThe Wonderful Coorong Explained and Visited The Spirit of the Coorong truly comes to life on this six hour cruise. A visit to the Murray River Mouth is followed by two great walks,one more challenging than other with wonderful explanations of the ecology of the area and indigenous people's history. An understanding of the control of the waterways by the 75 year old barrages, which allow the environment to flourish, is gained , by the enthusiastic, humorous and educational commentary.On top of this a plentiful, well presented, individual lunch and coffee and cake for afternoon tea made this great value.

John P Avatar John P
5/15/2013
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