Your holiday itinerary (ex Perth, Western Australia)
Day 1. Perth to the PS Murray Princess (D)
Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy a welcome dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Caurnamont, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls. Overnight 4 Nights: PS Murray Princess
Day 2. PS Murray Princess (BLD)
Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out 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 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. This afternoon we moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, we join a guided tour of Burk Salter Wines vineyards and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. After dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement, and participate in our “Murray River Cup”.
Day 3. PS Murray Princess (BLD)
After breakfast we cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town, first settled in the 1850s was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower 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 (additional cost). Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum – a must for every visitor. Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by. When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. And then of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue – cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour (additional cost) in a comfortable purpose built cart is available after dinner where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls.
Day 4. PS Murray Princess (BLD)
After an optional early morning Bush Tucker Breakfast (additional cost) or a bush walk with the Captain, the vessel cruises slowly downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time for a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about Aboriginal history in the area. We return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speedboat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.
Day 5. Returns to Mannum (BD)
Early this morning, we leave Younghusband and cruise back to Mannum and following breakfast, reluctantly say farewell to the Mighty Murray and the PS Murray Princess at the Mannum Wharf. Monarto Zoo is one of the largest open-range zoos in the world spanning more than 1,000 hectares. Home to more than 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles, you will have the chance to explore this amazing world. With a natural safari setting and over 500 animals roaming for as far the eye can see, you will feel as if you have stepped into another world. Overnight: The Manna, Hahndorf
Day 6. Hahndorf (B)
At Beerenberg - The Farm Shop sample all the wonderful products. In Hahndorf a local will escort you around the historic township to reveal the real village including pioneer history, local stories, significant buildings and some strange happenings. Following this fascinating guided experience, you will have time in Hahndorf to explore further the many shops, museums and streetscape. Lunch will also be at your leisure. In the afternoon we tour The Cedars, a unique 60 hectare heritage property and the home to one of Australia’s most noted landscape artists Sir Hans Heysen. Overnight: The Manna, Hahndorf
Day 7. The Legendary Ghan (BLD)
Bid farewell to Hahndorf this morning and transfer to the train station. Stepping aboard The legendary Ghan, take time to acquaint yourself with your comfortable surroundings and meet the on board staff. As the wheels start turning we begin to make our way north and dine in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant with a delicious lunch. Rolling pastures and the Flinders Ranges will be just some of the views you can enjoy from the train in the afternoon. Tonight an impressive outback gourmet meal will delight you with fresh local South Australian produce. Later you can choose to make new friends in the Lounge or head to your cabin for a good night’s sleep in anticipation of a striking outback sunrise. Overnight: The Ghan
Day 8. Alice Springs (BD)
For the early birds, wake this morning with refreshments and to witness an unforgettable outback sunrise off the train at Marla located in the remoted reaches of South Australia. Back on board it will soon be time for brunch with more incredible outback scenery to view. Arriving into Alice Springs we disembark The Ghan and an orientation tour of Alice will show you this iconic town. This evening a memorable experience under the stars at the Earth Sanctuary is planned. Enjoy a gourmet BBQ dinner under the stars followed by one of the best Astronomy tours in the Southern hemisphere. The magic of the Outback night sky is a must for all visitors. Overnight: Aurora, Alice Springs
Day 9. MacDonnell Ranges (BD)
To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia today we tour out to the ancient MacDonnell Ranges to experience this extraordinary old mountain range and its staggering beauty. View the red sandstone gorges and enticing waterholes lined by red river gum and ghost gum trees. At Standley Chasm, stand within sheer rock walls then visit Ormiston Gorge, one of the region’s few permanent water holes. Overnight: Aurora, Alice springs
Day 10. Homeward Bound (B)
Your Adelaide to Alice adventure comes to a close. We transfer you to the Alice Springs Airport for the return trip to Perth. On arrival our courtesy small charter vehicle will be waiting to take you safely home.
Note: The Murray Princess itinerary may change due to water levels. Your daily itinerary will be placed at turn down in the evening in your cabin.
Itinerary subject to change. Terms and conditions apply. FreeCall 1800 066 272 for details.