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



Bain and Daniel
Bain and Daniel



Office Staff:

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

TripAdvisor Reviews

5 star ratingFantastic day We had a great day. We saw lots of seals, birds, a snake, a frill necked lizard and an emu. Pity we weren't here last week when the last of the whales when home to the Antarctic.

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5 star ratingPleasant, informative and most enjoyable My wife and I had a great time on the 4 and a half hour cruise to The Coorong. It was a beautiful day and the scenery was fantastic. Our guide was clearly very well informed and provided an interesting education on the history, geography and biology of the place.

We were well looked after. Highly recommended.

Mark A Avatar Mark A

5 star ratingFabulous afternoon It's not surprising to see all the reviews on here with a excellent rating. This really is great day out. Matt, the skipper was extremely engaging and informative. It is a unique and impressive part of Australia

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