Fabbo day out We had relatives over from London when Adelaide had a heat wave of sorts and picked the best day to drive to Goolwa. Easy free parking near the wharf on a weekday. Well organised and interesting tour. Informative commentary that didn't intrude. Cold meat salad lunch and a couple of stops to walk over the dunes to the rugged southern ocean and to the murray mouth. Guide showed us some bush tucker and dug a fresh water "well". Lots of birds, seals lolling on the sea side of the barrage. A great day out. We did the four hour tour, but wouldn't have minded the six hour one. The Coorong is a pristine place that everyone needs to experience.
Armchair exploration of the Coorong I have wanted to explore the Coorong for a long time but never considered that it could be done with such comfort. The Spirit of the Coorong is a very comfortable boat with inside/ outside options including top deck for great views. The skipper/chef is very knowledgeable as is the guide for the two ( optional) walks. I certainly learnt a wealth of informationI learnt a lot about the history of the Coorong, both natural and historical with plenty of photo opportunities including the bird life and the fur seals. As the Murray River is in flood we got to see the flood gates on the various barrages working as a bonus. The freshly cooked cockles cooked by the skipper while we were on a shore walk were a tasty and unusual entree to our lunch of cold meat selection with fresh salads with cheese and crackers. all up a great way to spend six hours and thank you to Blaine and Dave for a sharing so much information and looking after your passengers so thoughtfully. Tip - Make sure you apply plenty of insect repellent before the first walk! no insects on second walk.
Even better than we expected - and we had pretty high expectations! We were a party of 4 - 2 Aussies and 2 Canadians. The tour was easy to book online with a no fuss check in as we boarded. The lunch was very good with good variety. We really appreciated that it was a minimal waste "green" meal with real cups and cutlery and reusable bento boxes. Dave and Bain were really interesting and efficient and we enjoyed the way the shared their knowledge of the area in a friendly, fun manner. The trip itself was beautiful with lots of time spent looking at the abundant wildlife - there was never a sense of rushing. On our trip we saw so many seals, dolphins and all manner of birds/waterfowl that we lost track. We also saw a pair of emus climb a sand dune - what an awesome day!Finally - we loved the upper deck of the vessel - coming from a wicked Canadian winter, we appreciate every opportunity to be outside in the glorious Aussie sunshine.