The people behind the scenes

Captain Jock Veenstra has spent most of his childhood years and all of his adult life in Goolwa, near the mouth of the Murray River, and grew up working on boats in his father’s tourist cruise business. A fully qualified river captain, skilled boat builder and tourism entrepreneur, Jock has a vast knowledge of the Murray River and the Coorong.
Spirit of the Coorong Cruises’ captains and crew are all locals with a wide knowledge of the environment in which the cruises operate. With a total of more than 100 years accumulated Coorong and Murray River cruising experience there is not much our captains do not know about this river system.
Both boat crew and office staff at Spirit of the Coorong are knowledgeable, relaxed, friendly and efficient. Job satisfaction is a feature of their work – they love helping visitors to enjoy their holiday in the Goolwa and Coorong area. After all, there aren’t too many other jobs that let you show people a spectacular area of pristine wetland wilderness that you just know they will enjoy!

Meet our friendly and experienced team…

Director/Owner/Senior Captain (50 years cruising experience):

Jock 2
Jock

 


Captains:

Bain and Daniel
Bain and Daniel

Crew:

Lachie
Lachie
Dave
Dave
Neil
Neil

Office Staff:

Office Use
Anne-Marie, Danni, Petrea, Merlene & Sue

TripAdvisor Reviews

5 star ratingUp 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

AlanM255093 Avatar AlanM255093
4/08/2017

5 star rating6 hour cruise We loved it.It was a surprise for my partners birthday Great trip to the mouth of the Murray and all along the Coorong. Nice walks and a lovely lunch supplied. morning tea of local cockles and afternoon tea . The guides were knowledgeable of the Coorong and all the wildlife and plants We saw Seals , pelicans and birds It was fascinating to watch. W Great trip

Joan H Avatar Joan H
7/19/2017

5 star ratingWhat a great day Goolwa is a small seaside town and this is where we started our boat trip on the Coorong. What a brilliant time. Excellent very well informed crew, comfortable boat and what a lot to see. The weather wasn't great but we still took two walks into the sand dunes and learned so much. From the freshly cooked cockles to the prepared lunch nothing was too much trouble. Everything made for a great day. Highly recommend.

2fromWN Avatar 2fromWN
6/05/2017
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