Goolwa - Mildura
- Duration: 7 Days
- Location: Adelaide, SA
GOOLWA - MILDURA CRUISE
This section of river was the scene of the first paddle steamers. The river here offers the greatest range of scenic variety, flowing through dairy farmland, willow lined riverbanks, spectacular high golden cliffs, station country, river flats and irrigated orchards. The cruise passes through a number of major towns, under bridges and through 11 locks. See the Rufus River & cruise up the Darling River, experience the ‘Outback’ between Renmark and Mildura. Bird life abounds and this section is rich in indigenous and European history.
DAY 1: Early morning coach transfer from Adelaide CBD (7:30am) to Goolwa to join “Spirit of the Murray”. Cruise upstream past the town of Clayton, Point Sturt and across Lake Alexandrina (subject to weather) to Point Pomanda. Re-enter the Murray and enjoy lunch on board cruising past willow lined riverbanks, dairy farms and towns of Wellington, Tailem Bend & Murray Bridge, past historic Mannum to Walkers Flat for coach transfer back to Mannum for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
DAY 2: After breakfast return to "Spirit of the Murray", cruise past Nildottie, around Big Bend, passing breathtaking views of the high golden cliffs (the highest on the whole river). Continue cruising past Swan Reach, through Lock 1 at Blanchetown, and on to the historic Riverport of Morgan to stop for lunch in the old railway station. Members of the local historical society will give an entertaining talk during lunch. After lunch reboard the boat and cruise on past Cadell and Red Gum Forests, through Lock 2 to Waikerie for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
DAY 3: Depart Waikerie aboard "Spirit of the Murray" and enjoy spectacular scenery, cruising along Great Yarra Reach, past Overland Corner, through Lock 3, before stopping at Kingston on the Murray for coach transfer to Banrock Station. At Banrock Station enjoy wine tasting, lunch and wetlands presentation. Return back to the boat and cruise past Cobdogla and Moorook, along Seven-Mile-Reach (the longest straight stretch on the whole Murray), before stopping at Loxton for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 4: Depart Loxton, cruising past Katarapko Game Reserve, through Kamikaze Flat, around Whirlpool Bend, through Lock 4 past the town of Berri, enjoy lunch on board whilst cruising by Lyrup, through Lock 5, and under the Paringa Bridge as it is lifted. Continue cruising, looking for koalas in the redgum forest, cruise past Renmark to Chowilla Station for afternoon tea, then cruise through Lock 6 to the Customs House and transfer back to Renmark, for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
DAY 5: Depart Renmark by coach for transfer to Customs House where we re-board Spirit of the Murray and cruise past the ruins of Cal Lal Police Station, Scotties Wood Pile, Pollards Cutting, Murray Sunset National Park to Lock 7. Relax as we cruise past Lock 8, enjoying a picnic lunch on board. After lunch pass through Lock 9 for coach transfer to Wentworth for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 6: Return by coach to Lock 9, and view the old steam Kulnine Pump, before cruising up Frenchman’s Creek and the entrance to Lake Victoria later passing Ana Branch Station to hear about some of the early history of the Rufus River area. While cruising enjoy the scenery at Bates, Shallow and Jacksons Reach before passing through Lock 10. Lunch on board as we cruise along the Darling River before returning to Wentworth for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 7: Depart Wentworth cruise past Merbein, under the Abbotsford bridge, through Lock 11 and upstream past Mildura to Trentham Estates Winery for a BBQ lunch. After lunch cruise downstream back to Mildura, where your cruise ends at approximately 2.30 pm. Coach will be waiting for return transfer to Adelaide CBD, approximate arrival ~7pm.
River distance travelled: 878 kilometres
- Coach pick up from Adelaide Central Bus Depot, Franklin Street, Adelaide;
- Travel through 3 States (SA, VIC & NSW);
- Old railway station tour and chat at Morgan;
- Lunch, wine tasting & wetlands tour at Banrock Station;
- Pass under the Paringa Lift Bridge;
- Historic chat, tour & gourmet morning tea at Chowilla Station;
- Historic Customs House at the SA/VIC Border;
- View the entrance to Lake Victoria;
- Trentham Estates Winery;
- Pass by other towns including: Clayton, Wellington (SA), Tailem Bend, Murray Bridge, Blanchetown and Berri.
- Travel through 11 Locks