We’re a FINALIST in the 2016 South Australian Tourism Awards!

October 12, 2016 0 comments

WOW!!! Cannot believe it………………

We’re a FINALIST in the 2016 South Australian Tourism Awards!

Can’t wait to find out if all the hard work of our wonderful team of staff has paid off and find out the RESULTS!!!

Wish us luck!

Congratulations Spirit Australia Cruises.

“This is a really great achievement and you should be extremely proud of the hard work you have put in to make it this far,” message from SA Tourism Industry Council.

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5 star ratingFabulous Day We celebrated a friend's birthday aboard and enjoyed a nice lunch which included native plants we tasted walking through the sand dunes! , Our host was excellent.

We learned so much about the area including history , wonderful bird life and enjoyed the relaxed life- style of the seals at barrage.

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Yvette G Avatar Yvette G
7/11/2017

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 ratingLots of birds We had a great time! First time we had ever gone through a lock. Very interesting seeing the dredging at the mouth of the Murray River and where the freshwater of the Murray River meets the saltwater of the Southern Ocean; you can actually see the difference in the water where they meet. Our guide really knew his birds which was great because birdwatching was one of the main reasons we selected this cruise. Beach walks were fun. Lunch was nice.

falconoc_50 Avatar falconoc_50
11/18/2015
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