Murray River

Experience the magic of the Murray on a paddlewheeler cruise

For a truly unique experience, cruise in style and comfort aboard an authentic paddlewheeler. You'll have a front-row seat to the best views of towering sandstone cliffs, giant redgum trees, and vast wetlands. Open sun decks and a gentle pace create a wonderful space to sit and watch the world glide by.

Murray River - discover the magic of a paddlewheeler

Seeking spectacular scenery and unique experiences? A Murray River paddlewheeler is undoubtedly the most unique way to see this iconic river unfold before you. The PS Murray Princess is a beautiful, character-filled boat that lets you take life at a slower pace to truly absorb the unique beauty of the region.

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Brilliant Breaks on the Murray River

3 Night Discovery

Indulge in a long weekend where you’ll discover the beautiful lower riverlands between Walker Flat and Murray Bridge. Cruising through spectacular scenery you can spot the variety of flora and fauna along Australia’s mightiest river. Take a nature walk, get up close to the river birdlife, and learn about and enjoy the food and wine of this famous region.

Early Booking Saver (Inside Cabin) from $836pp*. Standard from $1045pp*.

4 Night Heritage

Experience the magic of the spectacular Murray River scenery from towering cliffs to expansive farmlands. You’ll see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos and hundreds of bird species that inhabit the riverlands. Enjoy a cellar door wine tasting, a visit to an Australian farm, woolshed and wildlife shelter, an Aussie barbecue beside the river and an aboriginal archaeological site.

Early Booking Saver (Inside Cabin) from $1148pp*. Standard from $1435pp*.

7N Murraylands

Discover the South Australian outback on Australia’s great inland highway. A unique historic and nature-based adventure through ancient gorges and red gum forests, past towering sandstone cliffs and exploring historic ports, local vineyards and nature trails. Experience the sights and sounds of river life, visit historic places and indigenous sites, enjoy a woolshed and station experience and follow the region’s food and wine trail.

Early Booking Saver (Inside Cabin) from $1825pp*. Standard from $2282pp*.

7N Upper Murraylands

See more of the majestic Murray by heading further upriver on this Upper Murraylands cruise. Experience the ever-changing landscape along the river between Mannum and Waikerie. Highlights include cellar door tastings at Caudo Vineyard, a visit to well-known Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, guided walks around historic towns, and a guided walk at Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Conservation Park. Avid astronomers can go stargazing on a Dark Sky Reserve Night Tour for unparalleled viewing of the sparkling night sky of this region.

Early Booking Saver (Inside Cabin) from $1984pp*. Standard from $2480pp*.

5N New Year's Eve

Depart Mannum on 30 December and celebrate a unique New Year's Eve on the mighty Murray River with a spectacular party including dinner and live entertainment - it's sure to be a memory that can't be matched. There's plenty of time to relax and take in the iconic bush setting along the river. Indulge your taste-buds with a visit to the cellar door at Burk Salter Boutique Winery. For something completely unique, join the guided tour of Ngaut Ngaut Conversation Park to learn about the aboriginal history of this region.

Early Booking Saver (Inside Cabin) from $1622pp*. Standard from $1785pp*.

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Experiences

Brilliant Experiences

River Cruising

Indulge in a short unforgettable escape on the 3 Night Discovery Cruise or delve further into the history of the Murray and its surrounds on the 4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise. Feel like a longer voyage? Venture into the wildlife and ancient history of the Murray River on the 7 Night Murraylands & Wildlife Cruise, or experience the best wine, food, sightseeing and history on the 7 Night Upper Murraylands Cruise. Choose the cruise for you.

Historic Ports

Tour the Murraylands’ ancient gorges and red gum forests, passing sandstone cliffs and historic ports, local vineyards and nature trails to Morgan and beyond. You’ll visit the picturesque towns of Waikerie, Morgan and Swan Reach, and lunch at the famous Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre.

Aboriginal Settlements

Encounter the history of the people and places of the Murray River — and find out more about how first Australians lived with a visit to Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park. Here you’ll gain excellent insight into the heritage of the area’s aboriginal settlements.

Wine Tasting

Sail from the historic river port of Mannum through Lock #1 to Blanchetown. You’ll follow the course of great Australian pioneers as you experience captivating wildlife and majestic scenery, tour the Burk Salter Boutique Winery and visit the Sunnydale Woolshed Show.

Kangaroo Island

Expand your trip to the Riverland, SA. Add an additional few days to visit the breathtaking landscapes on Kangaroo Island (KI) - Australia’s third-largest island. Recognised as one of the world’s finest nature destinations, KI is internationally celebrated for its wildlife and pristine wilderness.

Adelaide

A few days exploring Adelaide before or after your river holiday is a must when visiting South Australia. Voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities, you’ll be captivated by Adelaide’s charm. Adelaide city has an enviable reputation for an array of festivals and events, exceptional cuisine and a rich history waiting for you to discover.

Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges, in the heart of South Australia’s outback, is the perfect addition to a holiday exploring the River Murray. Just 5.5 hrs north of Adelaide, the Ranges have outstanding natural beauty, inspiring and ancient landscapes, significant aboriginal heritage, and an intriguing pioneering settlers’ history.

Best things to see and do on the Murray River

  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Murray and the Riverland on a historic paddlewheeler.

  • Visit the historic township of Murray Bridge and stroll through the wetlands. See how many of the 350 Riverland bird species you can spot.

  • Sail from the historic river port of Mannum through to Blanchetown. You'll follow the course of great Australian pioneers and be captivated by wildlife and majestic scenery at every turn.

  • Get up close to wildlife at Monarto Safari Park. Feed the lions, watch the chimpanzees play, and see rare and endangered species like the Tassie Devil and Black Rhino.

  • Kayak through the Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary at Mannum. This wetland area is surrounded by red gums and reeds that create a haven for a wide variety of native birdlife.

  • Find out how the first Australians lived with a visit to Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park. This small national park provides unique insight into the history of local Aboriginal settlements.

  • Tour the Burk Salter Boutique Winery for a delicious lunch and cellar-door wine tasting. From there visit the Sunnydale Woolshed Show to see sheep-shearing up close.

  • Visit the picturesque towns of Waikerie, Morgan and Swan Reach, and lunch at the famous Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre.

  • Engage in star-gazing aboard the new Dark Sky Night Tour. Away from the bright city lights, the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve is a must-visit. Great for astro-photographers!

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PS Murray Princess

Built for this mighty waterway, the PS Murray Princess is the southern hemisphere’s largest inland paddlewheeler.

Evoking the elegance of a bygone era, the Murray Princess paddlewheeler boasts modern facilities, sumptuous food, and a lively bar. A playful selection of on-board activities is guaranteed to keep you entertained and in high spirits.

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Dark Sky Reserve

Along the River Murray at Sunnydale, you’ll find Australia’s only Dark Sky Reserve. As one of only 15 such reserves worldwide, this is an absolute must-see for stargazers.

The Dark Sky Night Tour includes night viewing binoculars and a digital control locator to get the most out of this stellar experience.

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Murray River Cruise Packages

Murray Princess cruises offer 3, 4 and 7-night cruise packages with your choice of cabins and staterooms. Depart on any one of these Murray River cruises from Mannum to explore wineries, historic ports, and the magnificent Big Bend limestone cliffs.

At the end of the day, it’s easy to relax and recharge. Gaze out from the sun deck and watch wildlife, billabongs, bushlands, and the river landscape slip by.