From Goolwa, aboard our historic timber fantail “MV MARANUI”, enjoy a 1 hour river cruise. Highlights include: Wharf Precinct, Goolwa Barrage, the new “Coorong Quays” (marina), seals, birds, bridges, ever-changing scenery & expert commentary.

Introducing the newest member to our fleet: “MV MARANUI”.

“MV Maranui” is a historical 1800’s fantail timber launch, that has been beautifully restored.

Enjoy a 1 hour scenic river cruise from the Riverport of Goolwa.

Pass historic Paddle Steamers as we meander downstream to the Goolwa Barrage, here the river is separated, on one side the fresh water of the Murray River, the other saltwater of the Southern Ocean.

Keep a look out for fur seals, pelicans and cormorants swimming and resting by the barrage. We then cruise into a man made inland marina, “Coorong Quays”, past stunning waterfront properties, under bridges, past luxury boats, before returning to the Goolwa Wharf.

Please “Check In” at our Main Wharf, Goolwa Office, 15 mins prior to departure time.

Boarding will commence approximately 5 minutes prior to departure time.


  • Boat only takes a maximum of 12 passengers.
  • There is no toilet onboard.
  • Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.
  • Cancellation policy/fees apply.
  • At the time of printing all itinerary and cost details are correct.  However these may be subject to change, sometimes without notice, due to operational circumstances.
  • The company and masters reserve the right to cancel or alter cruises at their discretion due to water levels, lock access, weather conditions or other operating conditions.
  • This Cruise is not suitable for children under the age of 2.
  • We require all Passengers to be sufficiently mobile to negotiate stairs and generally move about the vessel.
  • There is no room onboard for walkers, prams, strollers, etc.
  • As the cruise is in protected waters – motion sickness tablets are not normally required.

We’d love to have you aboard one of our Spirit of the Coorong Cruises.

If you’d like to join us, it’s important to book so you don’t miss out!  Booking online is easy and if your plans change, simply call us to move your booking to a different date (subject to 48 hours notice given & availability).

If you would like any assistance to book your cruise, please contact our friendly office staff on 1800 442 203 or (08) 8555 2203.

Our cruises are casual and relaxed so casual comfortable clothing is very suitable.

  • A jacket – if it is likely to be a cool day. Temperatures in Goolwa is usually 5 degrees or so cooler than Adelaide and often a cool breeze may be present.
  • Sunscreen and a hat – if it is likely to be a hot day.
  • Sun glasses to reduce glare.
  • Water if you require a drink, (please note: there is no toilet on board).
  • Cameras, still or video.

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
Toll Free within Australia
+ 618 8555 2203

TripAdvisor Reviews

5 star ratingRelax on the Coorong Arrived Sunday morning at the Goolwa Wharf where we were greeted warmly at the ticket office. About 40 people on board but plenty of space either under cover or on the upstairs deck. We chose the 6 hour Adventure cruise and could have done it all again that day, it was go brilliant! Travelled down South Lakes to the barrage, all the time listening to very clear, easy to hear commentary. Our Captain Matt is very passionate about the Coorong and Dave was an excellent guide .. both really knowledgeable and funny!! Going through the barrage we were greeted by NZ fur seals basking on the gates of the barrage .. such a thrill to see. Along the Coorong was a bountiful supply of birdlife, so many varieties to see. First stop was the walk over the dunes to the Southern Ocean where we were invited to dig for cockles. Then back to join Matt who was cooking up some cockles for us to eat as an entrée to our meal on board. Glad our weather was only 28 deg as it was very warm amongst the sand dunes. Back on board we cruised further down the Coorong enjoying watching the holiday makers on the banks, boats passing us and people fishing .. some right in the middle of the Coorong on sand banks! Fascinating! We were then all given this amazing plastic picnic hamper for lunch - fantastic idea and great variety of food from cold meats, salads, roll, cheese, crackers, egg, even a chocolate after dinner mint! Thoroughly enjoyed by all! An hour later we pulled into a bank where we were greeted by another sand dune where on the other side, and a bit of a walk, was a heritage listed Aboriginal site. It was a short steep climb to the top .. and a walk along the top of sand dune and then we were met with a large sand dune which reminded me of the Sahara Desert! We were told we could remove our shoes to walk on the sand now as it was cooler .. I wish I hadn't as I still found it a bit hot underfoot .. especially when we stopped to hear about the site. Our guide then dug a hole to show us how easy it was for the Aboriginals to find water and it was nice to dig our feet into the sand which was really cool only inches deep .. what a relief! Then it was a very long long walk back up the dune .. again thank goodness it was only 28 deg! Felt hot to me so make sure you take water and a hat! It was then back on board ready to head back to Goolwa. An offer of afternoon tea on the way home of a beautiful homemade slice and coffee. Capt Matt opened up the engine and it was a quicker trip back, but still with lots of commentary and banter. We've lived in Adelaide all our lives, 52 years, and never experienced the Coorong as we did today .. and loved every minute of it. Will definitely now take friends and overseas visitors on this wonderful day out in the future. You can do a 2, 4 or 6 hour cruise and I promise you they will not disappoint.

CazDownUnda Avatar CazDownUnda

5 star ratingVery informative tour Went on the full day tour and thoroughly enjoyed it, saw plenty of birdlife,seals and emus with their chicks, got off the boat for both walkabouts our guides were very informative and the walks were quite easy. Would highly recommend this tour but only if the weather is not too hot. The lunch was quite good too.

Janet D Avatar Janet D

5 star ratingLots of birds This was a great value for the money and we'll worth the effort getting there. The provided lunch was actually quite good.

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