Join us as we travel through this beautiful part of Australia experiencing the Barossa, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and a 4 night Outback Heritage Cruise on board the Murray Princess.
Departing on 28th September, 2023 for 11 days. We’ll enjoy a full day highlights tour of Adelaide and Hahndorf, Seal Bay Discovery Tour and Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, Flinders Chase National Park including Remarkable Rocks & Admirals Arch, Barossa Food and Wine Experience and more!
Depart Brisbane (or other capital cities) for Adelaide. On arrival transfer to our centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore.
Today we set out on our Ultimate Adelaide & Hahndorf tour. Immerse yourself in Adelaide on this extensive tour of the city and surrounding areas. Our tour will take us beyond the city’s CBD to experience all angles of Adelaide. From the towering Mt. Lofty Summit Lookout to chocolate tastings, you’ll get to see all of Adelaide’s highlights. Inclusions are – Adelaide’s Cultural Boulevard of North Terrace encompassing the University, Library, Art Gallery & Museum. Historic North Adelaide, St Peters Cathedral, the famous Adelaide Oval, Haigh’s Chocolates factory tour and tastings, Mount Lofty Summit Lookout, the Beerenberg Farm Shop, free time in the German village of Hahndorf with afternoon tea and more. (B)
An early start this morning as we transfer to the ferry terminal for our voyage from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw on board ‘The Spirit of Kangaroo Island’. On arrival at Penneshaw Ferry Terminal on Kangaroo Island, we will join the ‘Seal Bay Discovery Tour’ where we’ll visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Seal Bay Conservation Park with guided beach walk, the In-Flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain and Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. As this wonderful day ends we will transfer to our accommodation on the island where we overnight. (B)
A leisurely start to the morning today before we explore Kangaroo Island further on our ‘Remarkably Wild Tour’. We’ll visit Clifford’s Honey Farm and Flinders Chase National Park including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch before our evening departure by ferry back to Adelaide. (B)
Today we begin our 4 night ‘Outback Heritage Cruise’ onboard the paddlewheeler, the ‘PS Murray Princess’ on the mighty Murray River. Mid-afternoon we depart historic Mannum, the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication and head upriver whilst enjoying a welcome dinner and searching for nocturnal wildlife including kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and other species. For the night owls there will be on-board entertainment. (B,D)
The keen photographers will be up at daybreak to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, wrens and swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of the 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. In the afternoon we moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of sun fade, we visit Burk Salter Boutique Winery and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. After dinner, join in the fun and excitement and participate in the “Murray River Cup”. (B,L,D)
After breakfast we cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flowers and fruit growers. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River. Join a walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum before we cruise downriver and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by. On arrival at Sunnydale it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. A highlight today is the Great Aussie Barbecue, cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. (B,L,D)
Another highlight today with a ‘Bush Tucker Breakfast’ on the banks of the Murray River before we cruise slowly downriver past magnificent cliffs before reaching Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time – tens of thousands of years – for a guided tour to view ancient rock carvings and learn about Aboriginal history in the area. We return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance if you wish. (B,L,D)
This morning we leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell to The Murray Princess as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf. After disembarkation we travel to
The Barossa Valley where we’ll enjoy a food and wine journey of South Australia’s premium wine region the Barossa. Sample some of the Barossa’s finest food and wine that makes this region so special. On this tour you will visit three cellar doors including the multi-tourism award winning Pindarie, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch at Lambert Estate. (B,L)
Today is yours to further explore ‘The City of Churches’ or leave the city and explore the outlying regions. (B)
After a leisurely morning and at the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your homeward journey. (B)