Proud Mary Murray River Wildlife Expedition Cruise

Proud Mary Murray River Wildlife Expedition Cruise

Spend 5 nights cruising the mighty Murray, Australia’s ‘river of dreams’ with Proud Mary on board their boutique cruise vessel that combines modern comfort with the romance of the river.

Spend five nights cruising the mighty Murray, Australia’s ‘river of dreams’ with Proud Mary onboard their boutique cruise vessel that combines modern comfort with the romance of the river.



7 days



  • Five nights cruising the Murray River on the MV Proud Mary

  • Enjoy delicious bush tucker and damper during an Australiana night

  • Be given expert information on several ecologist led tours

  • Learn about both the Aboriginal and European history of the area

  • Attend the Captain’s Dinner on the last night of the cruise

  • Tour McLaren Vale and Willunga



  • Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

  • Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane area*

  • Flights

  • 18 quality meals

  • Entries and attractions as shown

  • Attentive Tour Hostess


*As per conditions

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Day 1

Your tour begins with a transfer to Brisbane Airport where our staff will assist with check-in for our mid-morning flight to Adelaide. On arrival, we will be transferred to the Stamford Grand Glenelg for a sumptuous High Tea before travelling to Murray Bridge to be met by the friendly Proud Mary crew. Settle into your cabin with time to enjoy a drink at the bar before a later than usual dinner. As we cruise, floodlights illuminate the shore giving an excellent opportunity to see the river environment from a different perspective and may allow for a view of some of the nocturnal wildlife, especially birds such as night herons, owls and coots. Later the Proud Mary ties up for a night of peace and tranquility in the Australian bush.


Day 2

Today we will cruise past huge lagoons teeming with birdlife arriving mid-morning into picturesque Mannum. Here we will board the waiting coach for a historical tour of this small township. Captain William Randall launched the first paddle steamer on the Murray in 1853 and by the late 1880's there were over 250 paddle steamers and barges trading on the River Murray with Mannum becoming an industrious inland port. Our tour includes a visit to the 'Olden Days, Olden Ways' Museum in Mannum, where we will find a large collection of historic memorabilia. Lunch will be served aboard the Proud Mary as we cruise upstream past lovely Lake Carlet, peaceful Bow Hill and Purnong before mooring in the early evening at Walker Flat. This evening is Australiana Night with a meal showcasing some traditional bush foods. After dinner you have a rare opportunity to experience the Australian bush on our nocturnal coach tour led by our onshore ecologist.

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Day 3

Today we will pass fascinating Wongulla where, some fifty years ago, men found the petrified remains of a shark. Mid morning arrive at the pioneering township of Swan Reach. The settlement was originally the port of the large Portee Sheep Station and was settled as a township in 1899. Here we will disembark the Proud Mary and with a local guide visit Murray Aquaculture, one of the most ambitious aquaculture projects undertaken in Australia. The complex covers 10,000m2 of ponds, nurseries and an interpretive information centre. Back on board Proud Mary, there will be opportunity to sample Murray Aquaculture fresh water crustaceans. Late afternoon we will be met by our Murray Expeditions coach, for a short journey up to Blanchetown, site of the Lock and Weir No. 1 on the River Murray. This evening enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Proud Mary's chefs as our evening cruise takes us to Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived here. Tonight we will moor overnight at on a beautiful beach amongst towering River Red Gums.

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Day 4

Wake this morning in one of the most unspoilt and picturesque areas of the River Murray. This morning we will join an environmental discovery walk along Moorundie Creek. It is here that the explorer Edward John Eyre established a village named "Sturt" after the famous navigator. As Proud Mary cruises downstream, we will pass magnificent lagoons teeming with birdlife, majestic cliffs reaching for the sky and spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. This afternoon our vessel ties alongside the towering cliffs of Big Bend. A highlight of our tour is a guided cruise led by our ecologist aboard a river tender through the lagoons and inlets. This evening enjoy a traditional Australian barbecue onshore followed by live Aussie entertainment around a blazing campfire.

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Day 5

You can see the sunrise over the towering cliffs this morning with an early departure to the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal conservation area where we will be met by our local Aboriginal guide and shown over Australia's first Aboriginal archaeological digs. It contains galleries of cave art, smoke stains from ancient fires and an excavated campsite of a civilisation over 8,000 years old. As we cruise this afternoon there will be on-board activities organised by the Cruise Director, time to relax and view the River environment and the associated birdlife before an afternoon arrival in Mannum. For those who have not seen the "P.S Marion" you may choose to visit the fascinating floating museum or stroll the magnificent lawns of Mary Ann Reserve. This evening you are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the bar followed by our Captain's Dinner - five sumptuous courses to tempt the most discerning palate.

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Day 6

Take the opportunity for a short stroll this morning at Mary Ann Reserve prior to boarding the waiting coach for a tour of Reedy Creek Environmental Park. Reedy Creek and the waterfalls played a significant part in the lives of the ancient Nganguruku and Ngaralta Aboriginal tribes. As well as natural rock shelters, the area offered permanent water and an abundance of wild game for hunting. As part of our Proud Mary Cruise experience there will be opportunity to take a guided bush walk through the Reedy Creek Gorge. Re-board the Murray Expedition as we begin the final leg of our journey. Today, lunch is a superb buffet of fresh local produce. This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery before the vessel ties up once more in Murray Bridge where the Captain and crew will bid farewell to guests and newfound friends before our late afternoon disembarkation. On arrival into Sturt Reserve, we will be met for our transfer back to Adelaide arriving at the Glenelg Motel (Ph 08 8295 7141) for our overnight stay.

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Day 7

After breakfast, travel via Morphett to McLaren Vale - well known for exceptional wines, regional produce and beautiful scenery nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the beaches of Gulf St Vincent. McLaren Vale also produces fruits and is an extensive almond growing region. There will be opportunity to purchase some 'goodies' from Medlow's Confectionery before visiting a local winery. Enjoy a catered lunch in Willunga before returning to Adelaide for your flight back to Brisbane. On arrival, our Cross Country Tours staff will meet you and have your transfers arranged. Thank you for joining us for this cruise on one of Australia's most loved destinations - 'The Mighty Murray River'; we look forward to seeing you out on tour again soon.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Single Supplement available @ $1,248 extra



Booking Conditions 


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

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