Get Inspired / Regional South Australia Cruising the Murray River with Captain Cook Cruises Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Regional South Australia Cruising the Murray River with Captain Cook Cruises story by: Tom Ricketts The might Murray River carves its way through South Australia, a region rich with many species of birds, fish and native animals. The golden age of the paddle steamer, when there were dozen plying the waters of the Murray carrying passengers and goods, have long departed but there are still a few grand old ladies on the water. No longer do you need to travel all the way to Mississippi in the USA for the paddleboat experience of yesteryear. Discover this hauntingly beautiful and dramatic part of South Australian Outback, its unique flora and fauna, the legacy of old riverside ports and indigenous culture aboard the paddle wheeler PS Murray Princess with Captain Cook. An elegant boat which is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere with four beautifully terraced levels, spiral staircases, and of course, the giant red paddlewheel on the back. She caters to just 120 passengers and with transfers to/from Adelaide, all meals and the majority of tours included, these cruises offer excellent value for money. Your journey begins just over an hour east of Adelaide in the small riverside town of Mannum where you’ll board the true period style inland paddle wheeler. Experience a unique historic and nature based adventure, through some of the driest parts of the driest continent, past mallee scrub and ancient red gum forests, through towering gorges and ochre coloured limestone cliffs. Along the way visit historic ports and lush vineyards on your on-shore excursions. You can hike around a boardwalk trail or join a guided nature walk. Take a small boat safari, visit a riverside village and enjoy all the fun of a riverside BBQ. Sample some of the local produce at the cellar door, or take a camera and catch some memorable scenes as where there’s water, there’s life. As the sun goes down, the Murray Princess switches on the spotlight and approaches the banks of the river. It’s a wildlife enthusiast’s dream as all sorts of wonderful Australian animals come down to the riverbanks for a drink. You’ll spot kangaroos, wombats, tortoises, and many other species. When on board, head up to the rooftop deck to get some sun and enjoy a glass of award winning South Australia wine. Meals are served in the dining room with fresh local produce and local wines. Cocktail parties with live entertainment ensure you and the other guests are all having a great time on one of the most unique ways to see South Australia. The Murray Princess has grown in popularity these past few years so to get the cabin type and dates you want, it's recommended you get in early. > VIEW HOT DEALS TO ADELAIDE AND SOUTH AUSTRALIA HERE Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Where should I go in Australia? Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Best places to travel in 2017 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.