Great views of the Murray River mouth Having traveled all along the Murray River, we were keen to see where the river meets the Southern Ocean and this 2 hour cruise took us right to the mouth of the river. We traveled through the barrage and saw New Zealand Fur Seals right beside the boat as well as many pelicans, ducks, gulls and some migratory birds. Excellent commentary from the captain as we went along. Great trip and good value for money.
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.
3.5hr Coorong Discovery Cruise. An excellent afternoon cruise to the Goolwa Barrage, through the lock, across the Murray mouth and into the Coorong National Park where we had a guided walk to the Southern Ocean and a chance to observe the many examples of Bush tucker along the way. Very knowledgeable captain and crew who were happy to answer questions or elaborate on interesting facts mentioned along the way. The boat was very clean and comfortable, and the picnic style lunch was very fresh and satisfying, We purchased this cruise for a Christmas treat for some overseas family visitors and none of us were disappointed. Well done Spirit of the Coorong.