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Late afternoon the paddle wheeler the P.S. Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, Australia, which was the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication. Take time to relax as the paddle boat cruises up the mighty Murray River allowing you to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a welcome aboard dinner. During the evening the Murray River boat will cruise under floodlight to an overnight mooring on the Murray River at Caurnamont. Keep your eyes peeled on the Murray River bank as you may see nocturnal wildlife including grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray River longnecked tortoises and spoon-beaked echidnas. Settle in for a night's entertainment by an on-board entertainer who will provides music for those of you who wish a late night.
Daybreak comes on the Murray River and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific bird life can be seen from the decks of the P.S. Murray Princes and includes pelicans, blue wrens and black swans. After breakfast it's time to cruise the Murray River again, this time the paddle steamer will cruise upstream to Blanchetown, through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow of the Murray River and levels of water. Shortly the river boat will reach Salter's Station for overnight anchorage. This evening, as the last rays of the sun fade, you can join one of expert guides for a tour of Burk Salter's vineyard on the banks of the Murray River, there is even time for a little wine tasting at the cellar door. Tonight enjoy all the fun and excitement of the Murray River Cup on board the P.S. Murray Princess.
After breakfast join a guide for a walk along the eco-sensitive wetlands of Salter's Station on the banks of the Murray River Australia. Back onboard the paddle steamer will cruise down the Murray River, after lunch many passengers enjoy an afternoon nap, watch the Australian landscape slide by, or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation. During the afternoon your Murray River cruise will arrive at Sunnydale, here it's all ashore for the Woolshed Sound & Light Show that recreates typical Australian woolshed history. Later that day a visit is made to the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia's most interesting native animals are cared for. That evening your chefs will prepare a great Aussie Barbecue cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River Australia. After dinner you will be treated to a nocturnal eco-tour by tractor and cart.
After breakfast the P.S. Murray Princess slowly cruises downstream along the mighty Murray River past magnificent cliffs scoured by the Murray River over millions of years. The next stop for the paddle boat is Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia's most significant archaeological sites. Take a step back in time tens of thousands of years and join a knowledgeable guide for a boardwalk view of ancient rock carvings and learn about aboriginal history in the area. Back onboard the paddlesteamer the boat will cruise down the Murray River to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. The P.S. Murray Princess will cruise past large billabongs, open expanses of water and cliffs amazingly high. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular farewell dinner onboard the Murray Princess.
After breakfast P.S. Murray Princess arrives at Mannum on the Murray River where reluctantly the Cruise staff and new friends farewells each other. You will then transfer back to the Mercure Grosvernor Hotel in Adelaide arriving around 12.30pm. The afternoon is yours free to wonder the city of Adelaide before settling into your included accommodation at the Mercure Grosvernor Hotel for the night.
An early morning pick up from your hotel for a scenic coach journey to Cape Jarvis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. On arrival, board the Sea Link Cruise for the 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Here you will board your luxury Sea link coach and your local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination. Your first official stop will be Clifford's Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tasting's and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Then travel onto Vivonne Bay Bistro located on a 260 hectare bush property, for a delicious two course lunch. After lunch visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and enjoy a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger amongst a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian Sea- lions. Your tour will then visit another amazing wildlife attraction, the fascinating Birds of Prey free-flight demonstration, an interactive and educational display of native Australian birds and raptors. From here you will travel to Kingscote before being transferred to your Kangaroo Island overnight accommodation.
After your morning hotel pick up, your second day of touring begins at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, an interesting bush engineered eucalyptus distillery that makes the most of its environmental resources. After testing and tasting the eucalyptus products, travel to the centre of Kangaroo Island to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can feed Kangaroo Island kangaroos, have your photograph taken with a koala, and take a guided tour of this wildlife and bird park. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts, followed by a scrumptious two course lunch at Hanson Bay Visitor Centre & cafe. After lunch travel to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia's largest and earliest conservation parks. After a short stop at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre, travel through the park and enjoy breath-taking views of its unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks. Return to Penneshaw Cruise Terminal for the return journey to Adelaide, on arrival in Adelaide at 10.40pm you will be dropped off at your included accommodation at the Mercure Grosvernor Hotel for the night.Good to know
Getting To Your Departure Point
A complimentary return coach picks up at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, 125 North Terrace, Adelaide at 2.00pm and on your return you are dropped off at between 12 noon - 12.30pm. Complimentary locked up car parking is available at Mannum for those who self drive.
Kangaroo Island Accommodation:
Will be at the Aurora Ozone Hotel and includes a full cooked breakfast.
Additional Accommodation in AdelaideBefore cruise accommodation can be booked with us at the same time as you book your cruise. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel offers the following room styles: From 1 April 2017 through to 31 March 2018 *Standard rooms are $152 per room per night in Normal Season or $183 in High Season **Superior rooms are $163 per room per night in Normal Season or $192 in High Season Normal Season includes 01.04.17 - 09.10.17 and 11.12.17 - 31.01.18 High Season includes 10.10.17 - 10.12.17 and 01.02.18 - 31.03.18 Full Breakfast is an extra $20 per person *Positioned at the rear or inside of the hotel **Preferred positioning around the perimeter of the hotel
Double Bed on the boat - $25 per person per night.
Reverse Package Order:
If you prefer, Kangaroo Island can be done first followed by the Murray River Cruise.