Cruising the Coorong In October this year we had a holiday in Goolwa, South Australia and decided to take the opportunity to cruise the River Murray on the Spirit, something we had always said we would do and now that the mouth is running well decided this would be it. We took the 6 hour trip which included lunch and afternoon tea - very enjoyable. The River Murray is flowing well and when we approached the mouth we moored so all passengers could alight and walk along the dunes and see the mouth close up. By climbing the dunes we could also see the Southern Ocean, the next landfall is Antarctica! After this we were taken to a further stop where we climbed over the dunes to again see the ocean and where the local Aboriginals fished. The final stop was the Aboriginal campsite, the trek to the campsite at times made you feel as if you were in the desert, on reaching the campsite the guides dug for water which was not to far down and was very drinkable. They explained the culture around the site and its meaning. A very worthwhile experience where we learnt a lot about the local Aboriginal culture. The guides were very knowledgeable regarding the local Aboriginals and also all the wildlife living on the river and were always letting us know what birds were around. This is definitely a trip that we would repeat.
Up close and personal Coorong Spirit of the Coorong scenic tour was chosen for a landmark birthday celebration. A leisurely cruise with expert commentary on regional flora and fauna complemented by a casual lunch were key elements of the tour. The "Spirit" took us through the Goolwa lock, in the company of local seals. On the far side (downstream) the bird life was clearly enjoying the sanctuary of the Park's protective environment. Disembarking the Spirit on the sandy reserves led us (via a short walk) to the edge of the Southern Ocean, with descriptions of the regional history being given by our expert guide. A return to the Goolwa Wharf, after passing the Murray mouth and Goolwa lock once again saw our journey end. What an experience right on our back door
Superb! AAA+++ An excellent day out. The crew were knowledgeable, friendly and professional. We had a lovely freshly prepared lunch at the start of our cruise. Throughout the trip the commentary was informative and easy to hear. We were able to move around on the boat and go upstairs (outside) where the view was excellent. We saw lots of wildlife including a couple of seals. The tour also included a short walk to the Great Southern Ocean. I'd highly recommend this tour.