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. 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 the Great Southern Ocean. 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 and tell you of the associated benefits and environmental impacts.
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.
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.