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  • Location:Adelaide, Australia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Murray River Riverboat Tour including Lunch from Adelaide

Trade in the hustle and bustle of Adelaide for a day in the peaceful, picturesque Murray River region with this day trip to Mannum. Take a 2-hour cruise on the scenic Murray River, and enjoy morning tea and lunch on board while you spot birdlife like pelicans and cockatoos. Learn about Mannum’s paddle steamer history, and visit the Gumeracha Toy Factory to see its enormous rocking horse. Views of the Adelaide Hills will keep you entertained during the 3-hour round-trip coach ride.


  • Day trip from Adelaide to the Murray River
  • Take a 2-hour riverboat cruise, soaking up the scenery and birdlife
  • Enjoy morning tea and a buffet lunch on the riverboat
  • Learn about Mannum’s history as the birthplace of paddle steamers on the Murray River
  • Visit the Gumeracha Toy Factory
  • Travel through the verdant Adelaide Hills
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Murray River Riverboat Tour including Lunch from Adelaide

Murray River Jetty

After pickup from centrally located Adelaide hotels, head by coach to the town of Mannum, about a 1.5-hour drive through the rolling Adelaide Hills and the Mallee outback.

Mannum is a historical town on the river, where European settlement dates back to the 1840s and the first paddle steamer on the Murray River was launched in 1852. When you arrive, board the riverboat for your 2-hour cruise.

You’ll see just a small portion of Australia’s longest river but some of its best scenery, including stark cliffs, willow trees and the Red River Gums. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like galahs, cockatoos and pelicans, and enjoy morning tea and lunch served on board.

Afterward, enjoy free time to explore Mannum on your own, and visit a lookout point to admire the view over the city and river. Then hop back on the coach for the return drive to Adelaide, stopping after about 45 minutes in the town of Gumeracha to visit its Toy Factory, home to the self-proclaimed ‘world’s biggest rocking horse.’ Enjoy a snack or drink, if you wish, at the cafe (own expense) before continuing the drive another 45 minutes to Adelaide, passing through the Chain of Ponds to Tea Tree Gully.

Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in Adelaide.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A great day tour. Food excellent, scenery nice and staff very helpful and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

lovely tour of the river, great lunch, nice staff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

driver was full of interesting information, he had a great sense of humour, the meal on the boat was first rate, the boat captain was pleasant [not friendly] shame, the rest of the boat crew were great, boat ride could have been longer ?.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Very enjoyable. Good commentary and great service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

Beautiful Lunch while watching the wonderful country side slide by. We were lucky and had the River Murray full of water. Would tell anyone it is a must do. Driver was the best.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

fantastic day, we had more fun than what we expected

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Nice day trip with knowledgeable and friendly drivers. Nice buffet lunch on boat, but the boat trip is over very quickly!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

very good a bit more time at the Wooden toy factory would be good.

Max B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2010

We enjoyed this trip for a second time. The morning tea and lunch went down well and most enjoyable.

Joy N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

It should be clearer when you need to be at the bus station and the address of Adelaide central bus station. The driver was excellent, very knowledgable and friendly. Thoroughly recommended. also needs to be clearer as to the itenerary for the day as I was under the impression the cruise was the main part of the day rather than just 2 out of 8 hours.
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