Murray River Tours

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The mighty Murray River as it is known, is the longest river in Australia, rising in the alps of the Great Dividing Range, and forming the border between Victoria and New South Wales before entering South Australia and finally emptying into the Indian or Southern Ocean. It is 1,476 miles (2,375km) long and passes through several lakes, some of them now quite salty due to drought and the intensive farming all along the river's length. It is significant within the mythologies of the Indigenous people of Australia.

Once a major route for trading, it is now a favourite place for recreational boating and fishing, but the river is in danger from salinity and drought. In recent years it has carried less than 40% of its natural flow. Near the river's mouth in South Australia is a beautiful lagoon area called The Coorong, a national park and sanctuary for birds, animals and fish. Nearby is Lake Alexandrina, a fresh water lake where Hindmarsh Island has salt water from the sea on one side and fresh from the lake on the other. 

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There are many towns and lakes to visit along the Murray River. Visiting by car or organised tour makes exploring the river easiest. Or you can navigate your way along the river by houseboat.

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3-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler

Hop aboard a traditional paddle wheeler and set sail for a scenic 3-night cruise on Australia's longest river. Glide along the serene Murray River, past dramatic gorges, historic towns and native wildlife like kangaroos, wombats and tortoises. Hop off along the way to visit Murray Bridge, tuck into delicious local cuisine and enjoy a small-boat wildlife safari around the backwaters. This tour includes on-board accommodation, all meals and round-trip transfers from Adelaide.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$707.42
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  • Duration: 4 days
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4-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler

Set sail from Adelaide for a 4-night adventure, cruising down the Murray River on a traditional paddle wheeler. Get a real taste of rural Australia as you spot wombats and koalas along the riverside, tuck into a hearty Aussie barbecue and watch a sheep shearing demonstration. Stop off along the way to learn about Australia’s aboriginal heritage at the Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park, tour the Swan Reach cattle station and visit the Native Wildlife Shelter. This tour includes on-board accommodation, all meals and round-trip transfers from Adelaide. 
  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Murray River Riverboat Tour Including Lunch from Adelaide

Escape Adelaide's urban bustle for a day on the tranquil Murray River during this tour to Mannum, which includes a riverboat cruise. You'll spend two hours floating along the Murray River, watching for wildlife like pelicans and other birds while morning tea and lunch are served on board. Hear about the history of Mannum’s paddle steamer, and check out the Melba's Chocolate Factory in Woodside. During the round-trip coach ride from Adelaide, admire the scenery of the Adelaide Hills.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$114.36
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Victor Harbor with McLaren Vale Wine Region Tour from Adelaide

On this day trip from Adelaide, visit Victor Harbor and the McLaren Vale wine region, two of South Australia’s top attractions. Swap the city for picturesque seaside villages and charming towns like Strathalbyn during a comfortable drive by coach through the Mt Lofty Ranges. You'll have two hours of free time to spend in Victor Harbor and the opportunity to go wine tasting in McLaren Vale as you learn about the area and its history from a knowledgeable guide.While in Victor Harbor you have the option to include a wildlife cruise, During the cruise be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, cormorants and petrels,
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$82.84
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Murray River Day Trip from Adelaide Including Lunch Cruise aboard the Proud Mary

Travel from Adelaide to the historic Murray River on an 8-hour day trip that includes a lunch-time cruise, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. Afterwards, you'll take in the Murray River landscape from the coach, stopping for photo ops and sweeping views. Visit a chocolate factory and cheese maker in Woodside on the return journey to Adelaide. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.Please note: Effective from May 3, 2018, due to roadworks on Frome Street, the temporary pick-up location for guests staying at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel and Mantra on Frome will be 16, Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$115.09
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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