Relax and enjoy some of the most laid back and picturesque experiences in South Australia on a cruise on the Murray River. Jump aboard one of the fantastic tours and explore the beautiful scenery of the lakes and waterways of the Riverland and beyond. This guide to the tours of the Murray River will hopefully get you inspired.
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The PS Marion is a fully restored heritage vessel that steams up and down the Murray, delighting passengers and the people living on the banks up-river and down. This side-paddle steamer is wood fired and is one of the last operation vessels of it’s kind in the world still carrying passengers overnight. Experience the golden years of riverboats and the serenity of the river aboard the equally beautiful PS Marion – when it’s not taking passengers on laid back journeys the PS Marion is part of the Mannum Dock Museum.
If you’re looking for a little bit of luxury, look into Odyssey River Cruises. Deluxe suites adorn a luxury cruiser with four staterooms and two levels of convenient indulgence. The service is just as good as the fittings with exceptional meals and spectacular scenery to top it all off. Explore the Murray with onshore excursions and exploration of historic locations.
The Proud Mary operates cruises of two, three or five nights and operates every week of the year. Leaving from Murray Bridge or Blanchetown this modern and luxurious vessel glides past wildlife filled lagoons and glowing riverside towns.
Rivergum Cruises operate from Waikerie and offer a serene and leisurely journey up and down the River Murray on their fully licensed luxury cruiser that can cater for up to 10 guests. They can take you to some of the best local attractions including Banrock Station, Caudo Vineyard, Overland Corner and Lock 2. Marvel at the flora and fauna as well as the abundant birdlife and the majestic 100 foot limestone cliffs along the way. For more information about Rivergum Cruises, click here.
At Mannum you’ll find Jester Cruises, the boat isn’t as big but there are panoramic windows and passionate tour guides to take you downstream, past the ferries to the Herman Gass Bird Sanctuary and back again. With refreshments on board, soak up the sights and sounds and let the great tour operators fill you in on all the fascinating history, wildlife and goings-on on the river.
You can’t go past a paddleboat, the Captain Proud Paddleboat cruises along the Murray River with onboard food and refreshments to keep you occupied while the captain provides expert commentary. There are regular weekend cruises as well as twilight, barbecue, dinner and educational cruises too.
The Barrangul Showboat has been operating for over 15 years and can cater for small or large groups on their well-appointed barge that can accommodate three-hour buffet lunches or dinner cruises or a shorter Devonshire Tea cruise.
Another great option for Murray cruises and tours is the PS Murray Princess, an adventure on one of the last authentic paddle wheeler. Explore the nature, history and cultured in the relaxed comfort of this grand cruiser.
These tours are fantastic ways to explore the beauty of the Murray River.