5Day/4 night Murray River Paddle-Wheeler Cruise

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This cruise takes you north on the great Murray River from the historic river port of Mannum to Blanchetown. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery, from towering cliffs to expansive wetlands. Cruise departs every Monday.

5Day/4 night Murray River Paddle-Wheeler Cruise
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Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Mannum
  • Caurnamont
  • Blanchetown
  • Salters Station
  • Sunnydale
  • Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve
  • Younghusband

Tour Info

Code CC-05
  • River Cruise
Duration 5 Days
Price From $

Every Mon

Vehicle Paddle Wheeler
Suitability Open Age
Start Adelaide @ 2:00pm
Finish Adelaide @ 12:30pm

Mid-afternoon the Paddle Wheeler "PS Murray Princess" departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Piggy Flat, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray long necked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. (Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.)

Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, blue wrens and black swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Big Bend where we will rendezvous with our vineyard coach tour. This afternoon visit Burk Salter's vineyard on the banks of the river and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door. Rejoin Murray Princess and cruise upriver to our overnight anchorage. Tonight is fancy dress night on board. (Bring your own or hire one.) We also have our famous musical quiz.

After breakfast we cruise upriver to Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel. Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum.

Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation. We arrive at Sunnydale. All ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia's most interesting native animals are cared for. And then, of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue - cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour is available after dinner.

After breakfast the ship cruises slowly downstream past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia's most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time - tens of thousands of years - for a guided boardwalk to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area. We return to the ship to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain's Buffet. Dress up and dance, if you wish.


After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where we reluctantly say farewell.

Sample itinerary only and subject to change due to weather, water levels and other operational requirements. Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to amend itineraries and tours without notice.

Optional Barossa Valley Tour (additional cost)

Discover Australia's richest and best known wine making region - the Barossa Valley. Depart Mannum by coach. The tour includes three premium wineries, lunch and free time in Tanunda before returning to the Hotel in Adelaide 5.30pm.


  • All meals (buffet & a la carte)
  • An exciting selection of shore-side tours
  • Guided nature walks & eco-excursions
  • Onboard presentations
  • Use of spa & sauna
  • Captains Dinner & Cocktail Party
  • Live entertainment
  • 24 hour self-service tea & coffee bar
  • Complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or car-parking in Mannum.


  • Cruise departs Mannum Monday 4.30pm.  Returns Mannum Friday 9.00am 
  • Returns Fri 12.00noon-12.30pm, Optional Post-cruise Barossa Valley tour returns Adelaide 5.30pm
  • Accommodation: 60 cabins and staterooms each with private bathroom ensuite, air-conditioning, electric blankets, 
  • soaps, shampoo and towels; serviced daily. Each cabin is approximately 12 sq metres. 
  •  Stateroom Staterooms (6) open onto the outside deck and have a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. All staterooms have a double bed. 
  • Outside Cabin Outside Cabins (45) open onto the outside deck and have picture windows. 
  •  Inside Cabin Inside Cabins (9) open onto an inside passageway and have portholes facing the outside. 



 The following information is a guide only and is subject to change. Kindly note that is your responsibility to ensure you have all the correct documents including visa, health and passport requirements. Please check with your local authorities before you depart. For information & details of passenger responsibilities please refer to the passenger cruise contract.

ACCOMMODATION - 60 cabins and staterooms each with private bathroom ensuite, adjustable air conditioning, electric blankets, soaps, shampoo and towels, serviced daily. Each cabin is approximately 12 sq metres

AIR CONDITIONING - All cabins and inside public areas are fully air-conditioned. An adjustable air conditioning outlet is located in the bathroom section of your cabin or above your main door.

BAGGAGE - Baggage is limited to what you can stow in your cabins, so you would be advised not to over pack. All bags must be clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Bags have to be handled by crew and we would appreciate a weight limit of 20kg

BARS - Normal closing time for bar services is 12 midnight. Our licensing laws do not permit alcohol to be brought onboard by passengers.

BIRTHDAYS & SPECIAL OCCASIONS - You may want to order a cake, champagne or make some other celebratory arrangement for that special occasion. Please give two weeks notice before sailing.

BOARDING - The vessel departs from Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum every Friday and Monday at 4.30pm - boarding is from 2.30pm. These times apply for all cruises unless otherwise stated.  Breakfast: 7.30am or 8am - 9am. Luncheon 12 noon or 12.30pm. Dinner 6.30pm or 7.00pm.

CAR PARKING - Car parking is available at Mannum subject to availability - pre-bookings are essential. A separate Car Parking Travel Voucher will be included in your Captain Cook Cruises ticket information if arrangements have been made on your behalf. Please check your documents carefully. After your luggage has been stowed on the ship, staff members will direct you to parking facilities. Please note every care will be taken but parking is at the passenger's risk.

CASH FREE - For your convenience we operate a cashless bar system. A credit card imprint will be taken on boarding as a security. You may use your Cruise Account for onboard drinks and some optional shore excursions. Your Cruise Account must be settled prior to disembarkation. $AUD Travellers cheques, cash or credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, & Diners) will be accepted for payment of your account, however we advise personal cheques cannot be accepted.

COFFEE & TEA - Complimentary coffee & tea are available, 24 hours in the Paddlewheel Lounge.

DINING - Dining aboard Murray Princess includes delicious table d'hote menus, Captain's Dinner and buffet dining, with a special campfire barbecue (seven and four night cruises only). Breakfasts are buffet style.  There is one sitting for all meals.

DISEMBARKATION - please leave your labelled luggage outside your cabin door prior to breakfast on the final day and your cabin key in the outside of the door. Luggage will be taken ashore by ships crew. All cabin accounts must be settled the evening prior to disembarkation.

DRESS - During the day, sportswear and casual clothes are suggested. We kindly ask that you do not wear bathing suits, singlets or brief attire in public rooms and lounges, especially in the Dining Room. Footwear is requested in both the Dining Room and Lounges. During the evening smart casual wear is recommended - an open neck shirt and slacks for gentlemen and a dress, skirt and blouse or pants outfit for the ladies. At the Captains Dinner on the final night of the cruise, a jacket and tie would not be out of place for gentlemen and a cocktail dress or pants outfit for the ladies. Be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses (Polaroid) and good sun blocks. Sandals, low-heeled deck shoes and tennis shoes are most suitable on deck and for shore excursions.

DRINKING WATER - The water from your cabin tap is not suitable for drinking. Spring water is supplied in your cabin - please feel free to refill the container from the spring water available in the Paddlewheel Lounge

ELECTRICS - The ships electricity is AC 240 volts 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia). You are welcome to bring your own shavers and hairdryers.

ENGINE ROOM TOURS - We regret due to insurance constraints, we are unable to conduct engine room tours.

EXCURSIONS - During the cruise a number of shore excursions are available (charges may apply to some optional tours). You may also be requested to book your preferred times for excursions. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, please be prompt to your marshalling station (details will be provided in your daily onboard itinerary) with any items you may need including sunglasses, sunscreen, hat or walking shoes.

 EXERCISE EQUIPMENT - is located on the sun deck - passengers under the age of 16 are not permitted to use the equipment without a supervising adult. Use of equipment is at own risk.

FACILITIES - Two spas, two saunas, sun deck, two bars, two lounges, single-sitting dining saloon, speed boat, gift shop, library and video, lift, guest laundry and 24-hour tea and coffee facilities.

FANCY DRESS - On the 7 & 4-night cruise there is an optional fancy dress evening. Costumes may be hired onboard for a small fee.

GIFT SHOP - The Gift Shop is located on Chaffey Deck and contains a selection of souvenirs, toiletries, film and hats.

LAUNDRY - A washing machine, tub and ironing board are available for passenger use in the ship's laundry on Chaffey Deck. Washing powder can be purchased at the Souvenir shop. Laundry times are 7am to 3pm for passenger use.

LIBRARY - a selection of books is available for your reading pleasure in the upper level of the Paddlewheel lounge, kindly return or swap the books so that others can also enjoy them.

LIFT - The ship's lift operates between Sturt, Cadell and Randell Decks and is located at the aft end of the ship. The following public rooms are situated on decks without lift access: Chaffey Deck - Sauna, Spa, Laundry and Souvenir Shop (accessible by stairwells only); Sun Deck - (accessible by a steep shallow set of stairs only)

MEDICAL- The ships crew does not include a doctor, however the Ship's Officers are trained in First Aid. There is no pharmacy onboard. Please ensure you bring adequate prescription medicines you may require.

MEDICAL - FITNESS TO TRAVEL - The passenger warrants that they are physically fit and capable of undertaking the cruise. A certificate of fitness of travel by your doctor is required for passengers over 75 years of age and/or passengers with limited mobility. For full details please refer to the Passenger Cruise Contract.

PASSENGER CRUISE CONTRACT - Tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions of the Passengers Cruise Contract.

SMOKING - Please be advised that the Sun Deck, all cabins and public rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted on the outside decks only. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers please refrain from smoking pipes and cigars. Cigarettes are not sold onboard.

SPA & SAUNA - The spa and saunas are open for bookings between 9.00am and 9.00pm. Passengers under 16 years of age are not permitted without a supervising adult. Use of equipment is at own risk.

SPECIAL DIETS - Passengers requiring special meals should advise the Company in writing at least two weeks prior to sailing and discuss with Cruise Director on boarding.

SWIMMING - If you wish to swim in the river please seek advise from one of our deck staff as to the easiest and safest method of doing so.

TIPPING - Tipping is always a personal matter and depends on whether you have enjoyed the service you receive. As a general rule, tipping is not necessary.

TOWELS - Help us save water & the environment. If you would like your towel washed and replaced, please leave it on the bathroom floor for collection - if not, hang your towels on the bathroom towel rack to allow them to dry for re-use.

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