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Day 1. Arrive Adelaide, Board Proud Mary (D)

Our Carbon Neutral flights arrive to Adelaide, where we board our third party comfort plus coach, travelling responsibly knowing all coach emissions are 100% offset. Enjoy a city tour taking in North Terrace Cultural Boulevard, the Adelaide Oval and St Peters Cathedral. We then head into the Adelaide Hills to the quaint village of Hahndorf, and take time to explore 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. This evening we tie up for the night at Woodlane. 7 Night Stay: Proud Mary Cruise

Day 2. Aboard the Proud Mary (B,L,D)

Cruising upstream, we arrive mid morning 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 Walker Flat and this evening after a dinner showcasing typically Australian dishes, we 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 Walker Flat.

Day 3. Aboard the Proud Mary (B,L,D)

After a scrumptious breakfast, the Proud Mary departs Walker Flat and cruises further upstream. There will be an informative talk by the Proud Mary Captain on the Majestic Murray River before a lovely lunch is served on board. Later you’ll be intrigued by nautical precision as we pass through Lock 1 at Blanchetown before mooring amongst the towering river red gums at McBeans Pound.

Day 4. Aboard the proud Mary (B,L,D)

We depart our tranquil overnight mooring and cruise toward Morgan. A delicious feast will be served for lunch as we cruise and enjoy the spectacular scenery. After lunch we board the Proud Mary coach to visit Waikerie to see the painted silos, Waikerie gliding club and many more heritage sites of this riverside town. Tonight it’s time to get your competitive juices flowing as its trivia night onboard!

Day 5. Aboard the Proud Mary (B,L,D)

After breakfast it’s time to explore the historic town of Morgan, once one of the busiest South Australian Murray River ports. We tour the many heritage sights of this once booming riverside town including the customs house and courthouse on Railway Terrace. Once back on board we head back through Lock 1 to moor at Sugar Shack. This evening we ring in 2025 with a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring delicious food and live entertainment onboard!

Day 6. Aboard the Proud Mary (B,L,D)

Wake this morning in one of the most unspoilt and picturesque areas of the river and take in a walk with the Cruise Director before we continue on downstream. Mid-afternoon we arrive at Big Bend where the cliffs are most spectacular. We secure at Swan Reach and board the coach for a visit to Swan Reach Museum and Almond Farm plantations before returning to board the Proud Mary. This evening we enjoy live entertainment and a campfire BBQ on the banks of the river at Big Bend.

Day 7. Aboard the Proud Mary (B,L,D)

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.

Day 8. Adelaide (B,L,D)

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, and bidding the Proud Mary goodbye. We then travel to Adelaide and check-in for the night. 1 Night Stay: Hilton Adelaide

Day 9. Kangaroo Island (B,L,D)

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 American River and check-in at our hotel. 2 Night Stay: Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

Day 10. Kangaroo Island (B,L,D)

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. At Emu Bay Lavender Farm we take in the sight, smell and taste of this beautiful and useful herb. We see how the flowers are grown, harvested and then produced into a variety of products on this family-run farm. Island Beehive extracts around 100 tonnes of honey each year from its population of Ligurian bees and our tour here offers a sneak peek into the fascinating world of organic honey production.

Day 11. Wednesday – Adelaide (B,MT)

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

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2024
$7550 $10795 27 Dec
  • EARLY BIRD DEAL! Save $400 per couple or $200 Sole Use if booked by 30 April 2024
  • Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required to secure your reservation.
  • N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air components.
  • Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences.
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
    • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
    • Walk on areas such as bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
    • Stand for 15 minutes, without needing to sit down
    • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
    • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
    • Manage your own luggage

Highlights & inclusions

  • Return economy class Carbon Neutral flights to Adelaide ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
  • Fully escorted by an experienced Fun Over 50 Holidays tour host
  • Hahndorf; Adelaide city tour
  • 7 night cruise aboard the Proud Mary in Riverview cabins with daily excursions and all meals included
  • Guided tour of Historic Mannum
  • Nocturnal Discovery Tour
  • Captains talk on the Murray River
  • Blanchetown; River Red Gums
  • Guided tour of Morgan
  • New Year’s Eve celebrations with live entertainment aboard the Proud Mary
  • Big Bend guided tour and gourmet BBQ onshore with entertainment
  • Ngaut Ngaut tour with indigenous guide
  • Captain’s dinner
  • Guided tour of Woodlane
  • 1 night Adelaide
  • 2 nights Kangaroo Island
  • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
  • Birds of Prey at Raptor Domain
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park guided walk
  • Remarkable Rocks; Admirals Arch
  • Emu Bay Lavender Farm tour and tasting
  • Island Beehive tour and tasting
  • Victor Harbor
  • Locally operated comfort plus coach travel
  • 29 meals

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