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.
Shore tour from the Pacific Pearl My Husband & I were on the Pacific Pearl, Adelaide was a Port of call, so we had booked this wonderful trip before we left Melbourne. Bain was so full of knowledge, the understanding of the Murray system, the bird life, this has to be a must to all local and visitors , the lunch was a delight, it was a shame it all was too short, thankyou to all for a wonderful day
What a wonderful experience Today we boarded the boot for the Coorong Adventure Cruise and what an adventure it was. We saw seals sunning on the lock structure while we sailed through the Goolwa Barrage, an abundance of birdlife all the way and had a taste of some Cocles prepared by the skipper Bain. We had a fantastic walk over the sand dunes at Barker's Knoll to the Southern Ocean Our host Lauchie explained how the local Ngarrindjeri People selected many vegetation for bush tucker and medicine. He demonstrated how they collected Cockels from the beach and lots of other interesting things. After boarding the vessel again we given a very nice and tasty lunch and sailed to Cattle point where we were guided by Bain to a few Middens used bythe local Aboriginal tribe and he demonstrated how the collected fresh drinking water from almost the top of the dunes. On our way back to Goolwa we were treated with some afternoon tea. Thank you guys for giving us these valuable lessons and looking after us so well.