IMPORTANT INFORMATION: For cruises on 22nd & 23rd APRIL 2017

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for CRUISES on 22nd & 23rd April:

We wish to advise that this weekend: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2017, the “South Australian Wooden Boat Festival” is taking place @ the Goolwa Wharf Precinct.

Please allow at least an extra 30 mins for this when planning your arrival time for the Cruise.

PARKING will be EFFECTED.

A document outlining options on free parking and distances from the Cruise Departure Point & Parking Locations will be attached to Booking Confirmation Email. Should any passengers have difficulty in walking the distance between parking and our office & require a “drop off” location, please contact us to arrange.

Please “Check In” at our Main Wharf, Goolwa Office, 30 mins prior to departure time.

Boarding will commence approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time.


PARKING OPTIONS

We’re a FINALIST in the 2016 South Australian Tourism Awards!

We’re a FINALIST in the 2016 South Australian Tourism Awards!

Can’t wait to find out if all the hard work of our wonderful team of staff has paid off and find out the RESULTS!!!

Wish us luck!

Congratulations Spirit Australia Cruises.

“This is a really great achievement and you should be extremely proud of the hard work you have put in to make it this far,” message from SA Tourism Industry Council.

ONE DAY MURRAY RIVER CRUISE

Depart Goolwa by coach at 8.30am,

Cruise on our boat “Spirit of the Murray”, 142 kms from Mannum to Goolwa.

Spectacular scenery, cruise under several bridges, pass by Tailem Bend & Wellington, cruise across Lake Alexandrina.

Arrive at Goolwa Main Wharf at approximately 5.00pm.

$160 per person

Price includes: coach to Mannum, expert commentary, lunch, morning & afternoon tea, one way (142km) Murray River Cruise.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL


Mannum to Goolwa

TripAdvisor Reviews

5 star ratingDay trip to dream about in years to come We were taken on this trip as a joint birthday present and it was a super gift! We set off from Adelaide in the morning and spend the whole day on the boat. The day included lunch and afternoon tea. We landed twice and each landing place was entirely different from the other.

The first time we got to have a look at the mouth of Murray. It is amazing that the mouth of such a huge river is actually so small because of the amount of sand deposits and the way water is taken upstream. The crew warned us not to step in too far as there are such strong currents. So we all had to resist the temptation. There was a beautiful variety of shells and the sand was so fine, it felt wonderful under our feet. You could see where the river currents met the sea currents.

Then we cruised up along the peninsula and had all the different wild life identified for us. We didn't spot an Emu, but to be honest, we saw so many other species, that we had no complaints.

When we stopped for lunch we had our longest walk to the ocean side. It was a bit of a slog, but really well worth the effort. the hardest part was getting up the first set of big sand dunes. From there on to the ocean, it was just interesting and beautiful. We were shown how to collect wild cockles or chippies. They were delicious although I couldn't get any myself but other passengers who were more adept were generous with their catches. The leader made sure that everyone who wanted to try some, was given the chance. The ocean was awesome, although I had expected much bigger breakers.

On the way back to the boat for lunch, we stopped at an Aboriginal midden and were given a very interesting history of the Ngarrindjeri people who were the original inhabitants of the area. Sadly they were driven out as the supposedly more sophisticated civilization took over. Thankfully, the sacred sites, while they are displayed to tourists like ourselves, they are treated respectfully by the tour company. We were a bit shocked that, despite the instructions from the crew, some of the party actually did walk out onto areas which contained small middens and some sacred remains. White people are so strange!

When we got back to shore, the crew, who had bought chippies from a local supplier, had cooked them off in white wine and cream. Talk about delicious! My only complaint was that we didn't have any bread to dip in the gorgeous sauce.

Once we'd boarded after our snack, we took off out into the Coorong again and lunch was served. It was in pre-prepared trays and included salad, cold meat, hard boiled egg, coleslaw, bread and butter, cheese and biscuits. Although it looked a bit like an airline meal, it tasted much better and fresher. They also provided a vegetarian option too and those choosing this seemed very satisfied too.

With our cuppa in the afternoon we had a homemade treat, the name of which I have completely forgotten. Some of us even managed to get seconds!!

We then cruised back to the dock, watching the wildlife all the way. I couldn't tell you just how many species of birds we actually saw that day but it was definitely in the high two digits. The crew were fun and very well informed. They identified everything kind of bird we saw, and when we came home, we were able to verify their names in the books at home. Unfortunately I had forgotten to charge up my camera so I have no photos, but my memories are wonderful. It was a lovely idea and a very special birthday present. We'll remember it for many years to come.

It was not a cheap outing, but it was worth every penny.

contactcarmel Avatar contactcarmel
5/07/2013

5 star ratingA Fantastic Day Out We booked on the afternoon cruise which included lunch and afternoon tea and sailed out from Goolwa along the Coorang via the Murray River mouth. The trip was very informative describing the various sea birds along the way. We anchored off Barker's Knoll for a walk to the beach to look for cockles before returning home around 4.30 pm. A great trip -well worth the $90 fee.

ChrisGibbs Avatar ChrisGibbs
2/19/2016

5 star ratingWe loved it! My wife and I were the youngest participants on this cruise by about 20 years. And we don't know why more younger people (as in less than 70) do it? It was really fun and we learned a lot. Michael knows everything about the river, the mouth, the boats in the area, and the overall history. Rupert gave us a quick tour of the island that we really enjoyed, too.

Benjamin B Avatar Benjamin B
9/28/2018
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