Join our resident expert ecologist to explore the River Murray at its best through our nature based cruise highlights. All the cabins have river views and are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning for year round comfort. Cabins are non-smoking and open onto balcony areas. Smoking is permitted in specified deck areas. All Australian crew are friendly, experienced and committed to enabling you to fully enjoy the majesty of the river and learn about its ecology.
|Start||Adelaide @ 07.00 pm|
|Finish||Adelaide @ 04.00 pm|
7pm You are welcomed aboard by Our friendly crew. Having settled into your comfortable, river-view cabin, you may like to join fellow passengers in the Dining Room & enjoy a drink before a delicious hot supper is served. Our cruises to its overnight mooring point and your Captain introduces the crew. Cruising the river at night is a magical experience and the Cruise's powerful floodlights illuminate the graceful willows and dark waters as you glide past. This is an excellent opportunity to see the River environment from a completely different perspective and may allow you to view some of the nocturnal wildlife, especially birds such as night herons, owls, and coots.
10pm Cruise ties up at Sunnyside, our overnight mooring, for a night of peace and tranquillity in the Australian bush.
11.30pm Dining Room is closed.
7am The Dining Room is opened. Tea and coffee available.
8am Cruise departs Sunnyside and continues upstream through some of the most spectacular scenery on the entire Murray River system. In the early days of riverboats, the inland lagoons were so immense that captains could often not find clear channels to navigate, so in the early 1900s riverboat captains planted willow trees along the banks to clearly mark the main river. Today the willows provide the perfect haven for a prolific range of birdlife. There are some 320 species in this area and, with the aid of binoculars and your well-informed guide, you will be able to study these beautiful creatures at close range.
8.15am - 9am A hearty buffet breakfast is available, featuring quality South Australian produce, which you can enjoy while cruising through Mypolonga, Woodlane, Caloote and Ponde.
10.30am The Cruise berths in Mannum allowing time for a stroll through this historic town. Visit the Mannum Dock Museum for a fascinating glimpse of aboriginal settlement and the early days of paddle-steamers. Details on three historic walks, explaining significant places and heritage buildings, can be obtained at the Visitor Information Centre.
12.30pm The vessel departs Mannum. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Our chefs as you cruise upstream through Younghusband and Teal Flat. Your menu may include dishes such as Lamb Rack with Tomato Chutney or NT Barrumundi with Lemon Myrtle, Spinach and Yam Chips.
3pm Cruise ties up at Teal Flat, located alongside towering cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches. Here, you will enjoy an informative guided cruise aboard a small boat as our expert ecologist leads you through the lagoons and inlets of the Murray River. This amazing experience allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the river environment while your guide provides fascinating information about the River and its ecology. It's a truly memorable experience.
5pm The Bar opens onshore. Enjoy a relaxing drink as you bask in the beauty of your surroundings and chat to fellow passengers. There's also time to take a walk around the nearby riverbank area to immerse yourself in peace of your surroundings.
6.30pm This eve7 Safari/537.36 Content-Type: aexperience… a traditional Aussie barbeque prepared by our chefs and eaten under a canopy of stars amidst the restful sounds of the nearby river. Afterwards enjoy an evening of live entertainment around a blazing campfire, provided by our resident musician. Request a song and sing along into the night as the stars of the Australian sky hover above, almost close enough to touch.
11.30pm Dining Room closes.
7am The Dining Room opens. Tea and coffee available. This morning there will be time for further exploration of the tranquil Australian bush.
7.45am Cruise departs Teal Flat & cruises downstream towards Mannum.
8.15am - 9am Another hearty English breakfast is served for your enjoyment.
10.15am Arrive back at picturesque Mannum to board the waiting coach for your tour to Reedy Creek Environmental Park. This was an important gathering point for local Aboriginal tribes as it provided an abundant source of water throughout the entire year. Your ecologist guide will explain this special landscape and its effect on the surrounding countryside and the aboriginal inhabitants. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended and don't forget to take along your cameras, as Reedy Creek is very picturesque indeed, especially when the waterfalls are flowing.
12.15pm We depart from Mannum.
12.30pm A delicious smorgasbord lunch is served featuring fresh local produce. This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery while Our cruises past Ponde, Caloote, Woodlane, Mypolonga and Willow Banks. An interesting video on Murray River Ecology will be shown during the afternoon.
4pm Late afternoon, the Vessel secures back at Murray Bridge. We hope you have enjoyed your time with us and will return for another River Murray experience in the future.
Our Cruises 18 spacious ensuite river view cabins. With only one room type, each cabin has:
Abundant wildlife will be seen throughout your entire proud mary cruise. River Gums and Willows line the banks of this famous river and provide a perfect safe haven for birds and wildlife. Take a closer look with the aid of binoculars. Not only by day but also by night, the Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the graceful willows and dark waters as you cruise. View nocturnal wildlife, especially birds such as night herons, owls and coots.
Some of the informative tours include:
** A journey aboard a small boat to cruise the River’s secluded lagoons and inlets, here you will view some of the 320 species of bird life in this region and discover the intricacies of the ancient cliff face.
** The Nocturnal Discovery is an insight to abundant wildlife, including the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat, floodlights illuminate the secluded outback enabling you to easily view the native flora & fauna.
** Murray Aquaculture, one of the most ambitious aquaculture projects undertaken in Australia. With a local guide visit the interpretation center, ponds and nurseries, which house the yabby, a uniquely Australian freshwater crustacean.
** Take a fascinating guided nature walk through Reedy Creek Gorge more commonly known as Mannum Waterfalls. Discover this permanent water course from waterfalls, through swamps and wetlands.
** Aboriginal Dimension - Journey into history at Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Conservation Park, one of the oldest archaeological digs in Australia. In 1929, burial grounds, tools and art were discovered revealing facts about life on the River over 8,000 years ago. Here you are met by a local Aboriginal Guide and will discover galleries of cave art and smoke stains from ancient fires and artifacts unearthed by archaeologists.
** Australian Theme - As dusk falls, enjoy an evening around a blazing campfire. A delicious bush barbecue is prepared using local produce, including tea and damper, along with evening entertainment under the stars on the golden sands of the river bank.