Spirit of the Coorong Discovery Cruise is our 3.5 hour cruise which takes you past the Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park for 1 guided walk.

Our Discovery Cruise departs from the Main Wharf in the old river port town of Goolwa. A delicious lunch of cold meats and salads is served with tea or coffee (special meals are available by prior request – vegetarian, gluten free etc) once you are on board.

Cruise to the Goolwa Barrage, through the lock and into the Coorong National Park to view the mouth of the River Murray.   On the way to visiting the area where the Storm Boy films were made, see the boats and wildlife along the way.  From the mouth the cruise heads into the pristine waters of the Coorong, past the spectacular white sand dunes and bird life, as your captain provides an informative and entertaining commentary on the passing scenes.
Disembark for a guided walk through the sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula to the undisturbed white sandy beaches of 90 Mile Beach. Along the walk your guide will talk about the cockling industry here, the sand dune flora and fauna and how the Aboriginal people lived in the area.
On return to the boat, cruise further into the Coorong to see another of the barrages that separate the Coorong from Lake Alexandrina. Your captain will explain the man-made barrage and lock system that extends along the River Murray.  
Afternoon tea is served as the cruise returns past the imposing sand dunes and back through the lock to the Goolwa Wharf where the cruise ends.

TRANSPORT from Adelaide CBD (selected pick up points only) is available for this cruise.  Book online by selecting the “Adventure Cruise from Adelaide CBD” option OR by phoning our friendly team (08) 8555 2203.

Gift Vouchers are available for purchase for this cruise, by clicking here: Gift Vouchers

Spirit of the Coorong cruises are casual and relaxed so casual comfortable clothing is very suitable.

  • A jacket – if it is likely to be a cool day. Temperature in the Coorong is usually 5 degrees or so cooler than Adelaide and one guided walk takes you to the Southern Ocean beach where a cool sea breeze may be blowing.
  • Sunscreen and a hat – if it is likely to be a hot day and particularly if you wish to take in the scenery from the open upper deck.
  • Sun glasses to reduce glare.
  • Comfortable walking shoes – guided walks include beach/sand dunes so shoes/sandals you can remove easily are best.
  • Cameras, still or video.
  • Binoculars if you want a close look at bird life or any wildlife.

Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

Payment can be made by cash, visa or master card at the time of booking, or prior to cruise departure – please check-in at least 30 minutes before cruise departure if paying on departure. During peak holiday periods of Christmas, New Year and Easter full payment will be required at the time of booking.

Cancellation fees apply (100%) if your booking is cancelled on the day of the cruise departure. Please give us as much notice of your cancellation as possible to avoid cancellation fees and to allow us to re-sell your seat.

Liability. Belluna Pty Ltd (operators of Spirit of the Coorong Cruises) maintains public liability insurance but indemnifies itself against any damage, loss or injury arising out of any action or lack of action by an external party.

Rights of the Company or Master. Spirit of the Coorong Cruises reserve the right to cancel or alter cruises at their discretion due to water levels, lock access or other operational conditions.

Need more information? Contact us

1800 442 203
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+ 618 8555 2203
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TripAdvisor Reviews

5 star ratingA 6 hour cruise of discovery from Goolwa Wharf to the reaches of the Coorong National Park We took our cruise of the Coorong aboard the Spirit of the Coorong and found the whole experience exhilarating, informative and very good value. Lunch and an entree of freshly cooked cockles/pipi in a creamy white sauce along with afternoon tea were all included. The boat is modern and comfortable and even though the boat was almost full everybody was served with expertise and a smile. The crew, Bain and Dave, were experienced, informative and friendly. The history of the creation of the barrage system that keeps the sea from encroaching on the Murray River and the Lakes was a feature as was the Murray mouth and the many bird species that either live or migrate too and from the area.

The boat departs the Goolwa Wharf and travels through the lock in the Goolwa Barrage up to the river mouth and then onto the Coorong National Park. The first stop allows the passengers to take a guided walk through the dunes to the sea. Explanations of the history of the area from the indigenous past to the early settlers to the modern day and the flora and fauna of the area were a highlight. Lunch in transit to the second spot was excellent. The second walk is about half way into the dunes and focuses on the indigenous way of life.

You know when you have had a good day out when six hours flashes by all to soon.

John T Avatar John T
4/05/2017

5 star ratingGreat tour Very informative Pleasant tour loved it and highly recommend. Lots to see and do. Plenty of bird life and seals.

Steve P Avatar Steve P
4/15/2017

5 star ratingA great day out This tour was well organised from booking to disembarkation. The guides were knowledgeable about both the local area and about the birdlife both local and migratory. Whilst 6 hours on the surface is a long time there were very few idle moments . A bit of walking was involved but it was not tioo strenous. A great day out looking at a unique part of Oz.

bradley_griffin1 Avatar bradley_griffin1
10/31/2018
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