First class Being a tourist in your own backyard is an interesting experience. This trip is to be recommended to both locals and international visitors. It would be particularly enjoyed by bird and photographic enthusiasts. A convenient way to access a special natural area. Comfortable boat and enjoyable lunch. Small group is an advantage.
Great day out A most interesting and enjoyable tour. All day, including lunch and morning and afternoon tea. Comfortable boat, very informative guides and fascinating walks over the sand hills to historic and indigenous sites. Good bird life and scenery. Some of the older passengers found the going a bit tough in the sand, particularly on the second and longer walk but don't let that stop you. Overall, an excellent experience, suitable for all age groups.
Day 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.