Relax 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.
Coorong Cruise a Must With Captain Daniel at the helm, the half-day excursion to the River Murray Mouth and the Coorong aboard the "Spirit of the Coorong" from Goolwa in South australia is a "must." Highly recommended by Peter S of Adelaide.
A must do for anyone visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula We have recently done the Spirit of Coorong Adventure Cruise, a birthday gift from our family and they couldn't have given us anything better. It is a six hour cruise, leaving from Goolwa, although the day we travelled the cruise left from Mundoo Channel on Hindmarsh Island. The captain, Bain and his mate Mat are very informative and there is almost a non-stop commentary while on board and on the walks through the dunes. We learnt a lot about how the aboriginal people can survive in the bush and what plants and berries are safe to eat. The walks are optional and you are welcome to return to the boat at any time. After one of our walks we were treated to an entrée of freshly cooked Goolwa Cockles, cooked in a wine and garlic sauce and they were delicious. It brought back childhood memories, although then we ate them fresh out of the shells. We had a lunch pack of cold meats and salads served on board and afternoon tea as well. We were surprised to see that china mugs and stainless steel cutlery were their choice. It is so much nicer than drinking tea or coffee from polystyrene and using plastic cutlery. It also helps the environment by not having "throw away" containers etc., The tea and coffee was piping hot too. Cold drinks are available for purchase on the boat and fresh water is available. It is excellent value for money and I believe some of the accommodation places offer a 10% discount voucher on the cruise, making it even better value for money, so if you are staying down that way it pays to enquire with your hosts. We will certainly be recommending this cruise to our family and friends. If you are stuck with ideas for that hard to buy for person who enjoys the outdoors, no better gift than this cruise could be given to them.