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Day 1. 28 December 2018 – Arrive Adelaide, Board Proud Mary

Flights arrive in Adelaide where we head to Glenelg for lunch before embarking on a city tour taking in North Terrace Cultural Boulevard, the Adelaide Oval and St Peter’s Cathedral. We then head into the Adelaide Hills to the quaint village of Hahndorf and take time to discover Australia’s oldest German settlement. Later we make our way to Murray Bridge to be welcomed aboard by the friendly Proud Mary crew. Taking to the river we enjoy a buffet supper as the Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the shore giving us ample opportunity to view nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Later we tie up for the night at Woodlane. 7 Night Stay: Proud Mary (L,AT,D)

Day 2. 29 December 2018 – Mannum

Cruising upstream, we arrive midmorning in picturesque Mannum, the birthplace of the river boat trade. Here we board the waiting coach for a guided tour of historic Mannum. Later we continue upstream to Walkers Flat and this evening after dinner take a guided Nocturnal Discovery Tour. The tour gives an insight into abundant wildlife in this region, including the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat. Tonight’s mooring is at Walkers Flat. (B,L,D)

Day 3. 30 December 2018 – Walkers Flat – McBeans Pound

Departing Walkers Flat and cruising further upstream we enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and a relaxed morning taking in the ever changing vista. We break in Swan Reach to board waiting coaches for a visit to Murray Aquaculture to learn about this remarkable project breeding fresh water crustaceans. We then continue on past Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived there and cruise through Lock 1 at Blanchetown before mooring amongst the towering River Red Gums at McBeans Pound. After a dinner showcasing typically Australian dishes, get set to challenge your fellow guests as it’s trivia night onboard. (B,L,D)

Day 4. 31 December 2018 – Morgan

Take in the Captain’s talk on the River Murray as we cruise toward Morgan. This historic town was once one of the busiest South Australian Murray River ports, and is located on the great Elbow, North-west Bend on the River Murray. We tour the many heritage sights of this once booming riverside town including the customs house and courthouse on Railway Terrace then head to Caudo Winery and Vineyard for a cellar door tasting. Tonight whilst moored in Morgan we ring in 2019 with a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring delicious food and live entertainment onboard! (B,L,D)

Day 5. 1 January 2019 – Sugar Shack

Enjoy a relaxing start to the new year as we continue our voyage on the magnificent Murray River. While away the day taking in the breathtaking views, be intrigued by nautical precision as we pass once again through Lock 1 and perhaps join a card game on the Sun Deck as we make our way toward Sugar Shack for the night. (B,L,D)

Day 6. 2 January 2019 – Big Bend

Wake this morning in one of the most unspoilt and picturesque areas of the river and take in a walk with the Captain before we head downstream to Swan Reach. Here our Cruise Director invites us to join a walking tour of this historically significant town before we lunch onboard. Later we arrive at Big Bend where the cliffs are most spectacular. Here we embark on a guided tour lead by an ecologist aboard a small boat through the lagoons and inlets of Big Bend. This evening we enjoy live entertainment and a campfire BBQ on the banks of the river at Big Bend. (B,L,D)

Day 7. 3 January 2019 – Nguat Nguat

This morning we continue downstream through some of the most spectacular scenery on the entire river system to arrive at Ngaut Ngaut – a historical Aboriginal site. Here an indigenous guide explains the carvings and paintings on cliff faces made up to 20,000 years ago. Later in the afternoon we arrive in Mannum for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a formal Captain’s Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8. 4 January 2019 – Woodlane to Adelaide

This morning at Woodlane we join our guide for a tour of this fascinating area and discover the permanent watercourse, waterfalls, swamps and wetlands which played a significant role in the lives of the ancient Nganguruku and Ngaralta tribes. This afternoon we enjoy some more spectacular scenery before returning to Murray Bridge, bidding the Proud Mary goodbye and transferring to Adelaide. 1 Night Stay: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide (B,L,D)

Day 9. 5 January 2019 – Kangaroo Island

Today we head to Cape Jervis and board the ferry to the pristine wilderness of Kangaroo Island. At Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery we ignite our senses and tour the facilities then enjoy a hearty BBQ lunch before experiencing the Birds of Prey display at Raptor Domain, an in-flight presentation featuring Australian eagles and hawks. To finish off the day we take in the scenery as we drive to Seal Bay Conservation Park where Australian sea lions sunbathe and frolic on a stunning beach. We take a guided walk to get a close look at the sea lion colony, home to around 600 rare Australian Sea Lions, then head to Kingscote and check-in at our hotel. 2 Night stay: Seaside Inn, Kangaroo Island (B,L,D)

Day 10. 6 January 2019 – Flinders Chase National Park to Kingscote

This morning we hit the wildlife trail discovering Flinders Chase National Park and Kangaroo Island’s iconic natural formations; Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Later we discover some icons of the island’s legendary local producers. Island Beehive extracts around 100 tonnes of honey a year from its population of Ligurian bees and our tour here offers a sneak peek into the fascinating world of organic honey production. At Island Pure on the banks of the beautiful Cygnet River and Gum Creek we learn how this dairy makes natural, handmade cheeses and yoghurt from 100% pure sheep milk. Follow the process straight from the farm to the factory, and onto the dairy door before we return to Kingscote. (B,L,D)

Day 11. 7 January 2019 – Victor Harbor & Flights Home

Leaving Kangaroo Island we board the ferry to the mainland and break for a delectable Devonshire morning tea in Victor Harbor, before arriving at Adelaide airport for our flights home. (B,MT)

B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2018
$4400 $6100 28 Dec
  • Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required to secure your reservation.
  • N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air, coach and cruise components.
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
    • Walk 10 min without stopping
    • Ascend stairs without stopping
    • Stand for 30 min without sitting
    • Walk over uneven ground
    • Embark/debark transport unaided
    • Manage their own luggage

Highlights & inclusions

  • Return economy class flights to Adelaide ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
  • Glenelg; Adelaide city tour
  • Hahndorf
  • 7 night cruise aboard the Proud Mary in Riverview cabins with daily excursions and all meals included
  • Murray Bridge; Woodlane guided tour
  • Guided tour of Mannum
  • Walkers Flat guided nocturnal discovery tour
  • Murray Aquaculture guided tour
  • Blanchetown; McBeans Pound
  • Captain’s talk on the River Murray
  • Guided tour of Morgan
  • Caudo Winery and Vineyard
  • New Year’s Eve celebrations with live entertainment aboard the Proud Mary •Swan Reach walking tour
  • Big Bend ecologist guided tour and campfire BBQ
  • Ngaut Ngaut tour with an indigenous guide
  • Captain’s Dinner
  • 1 night Adelaide
  • 2 nights Kingscote, Kangaroo Island
  • Emu Ridge Eucaluptus Distillery
  • Birds of Prey at Raptor Domain
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park guided walk
  • Remarkable Rocks; Admirals Arch
  • Island Pure tour and tasting
  • Island Beehive tour and tasting
  • Victor Harbor
  • 30 meals

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