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 ratingCruising The 6 hour cruise is well worth the price and the time. Bain and Matt are great guides and their knowledge of the area is amazing. Bain even cooked fresh scallops in white wine and cream on the river bank as an entre! The scenery and wildlife is a real treat. Could not fault anything.

FOOdy77_13 Avatar FOOdy77_13
3/12/2013

5 star ratingFantastic! Do yourself a favour and do this cruise. It all started with a lovely friendly lady selling us our ticket at the wharf. Great first impression. We cruised on a Wednesday and the boat had plenty of room. We prefer to sit outside and the view from the upstairs deck was brilliant. We had perfect weather (about 28 degrees) with lovely blue skies (tho it didn't start that way). Bain and Matt were very knowledgable and friendly. We had a running commentary during the cruise slowing/stopping to have a good view of the many birds and hearing about the history of the Murray mouth and surrounding area and its people. The walk to the beach from Barker Knoll was pleasant together with a walk on the beach returning to pippies cooked in white wine, garlic etc. Lots of info about the local tribe of aborigines (Ngarrindjeri). Lunch was provided - ham, corned beef, chicken, coleslaw, macaroni salad, etc, roll, cheese/bickies, after dinner mint. Followed by tea/coffee. After another walk at Cattle Point to a former Ngarrindjeri site (which unfortunately we didn't go on as too hot - do make the effort!!) we had afternoon tea and returned home to Goolwa. We couldn't recommend this highly enough. Worth every cent. Will do again in a couple of years to see the changes in the Murray Mouth.

Joy P Avatar Joy P
12/04/2014

5 star ratingCruise the Coorong and see the Murray River Mouth. Had a great day out on the Coorong Discovery Cruise which included a delicious and ample lunch pack (cold meats and salad, cheese and biscuits pack, with bread roll).....and afternoon tea. There was interesting commentary and the opportunity to go for a guided walk through the sand dunes with a guide. Very professional crew and friendly too. A very enjoyable day out.

Jo T Avatar Jo T
10/20/2016
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