Echuca - Mildura
- Duration: 8 Days
- Location: Moama, NSW
ECHUCA - MILDURA CRUISE
Once the busiest inland port in Australia Echuca is the starting point for this cruise which travels the same route as the paddle-steamers of the 1800s. It cruises downstream past high colourful riverbanks and old river trees, through forestry areas and townships, past tributary rivers and under several bridges, covering just over 800 river kilometres, before finishing at Mildura. Water levels in this section of the river peak during irrigation season. Because of the variations in river levels throughout the year and season by season, this cruise is scheduled to operate only during late November.
DAY 1: Depart by coach “Cadell on the Murray” Moama at 8:00am, enjoy detailed commentary as we drive to the Torrumbarry Weir and meet our vessel – Spirit II. Cruise into the Gunbower, Koondrook and Perricoota State forests and over the Waradgery Reef before stopping at Barham for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 2: Departing Barham pass under the Barham and Gonn Crossing Bridges, downstream past the Pental Island pumping station before viewing the majestic Murray Downs Station, which was the first station in this area. Stopping at Swan Hill overnight for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 3: Depart Swan Hill and cruise past the River Murray and Little Murray River Junction, then the historic Tyntyndyer Homestead which was built in 1846 and is now a museum. Travel through the Vinifera and Nyah state forests and past the wreck of the “Alewein” before stopping at Tooleybuc for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 4: Depart Tooleybuc, pass over the notorious ‘Bitch & Pups’ reef before cruising by the Wakool and Murrumbidgee Rivers where, if conditions suit, we may be able to do some exploring. Arrive at the historic township of Boundary Bend for coach transfer to overnight accommodation, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at Tooleybuc.
Day 5: Depart Tooleybuc by coach returning to Boundary Bend to rejoin the boat. Enjoy spectacular scenery as we pass Tala Rocks, Meilman Station and Manie State forest. Cruise further downsteam through Belsar Island State forest, and on to Bunbang Cutting before passing under the Robinvale Bridge and into Euston for overnight accommodation, Dinner, Bed. & Breakfast.
Day 6: Depart Euston, cruise past Success Reef, Gells Island and Chalka Creek before passing through Retail and Tapaulin Cuttings and onto Colignan for coach transfer onto Mildura for accommodation, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Day 7: Return by coach to Colignan. Cruise through Mallee Cliffs and Gol Gol State forests, past the historic Psyche Bend pumping station, view the Trentham Cliffs and the town of Gol Gol before arriving at Mildura for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Day 8: Coach return to Echuca, arriving ~12:30pm.
River distance travelled: 744 kilometres
- Coach returns you to Echuca at the end of the cruise (for any onward travel);
- Torrumbarry Weir;
- Gunbower, Koondrook and Perricoota State Forests;
- Pental Island pumping station;
- Murray Downs Station;
- Pass Little Murray River Junction, Wakool and Murrumbidgee Rivers;
- “Alewein” the wreck;
- Tala Rocks;
- Meilman Station;
- Success Reef;
- Mallee Cliffs;
- Psyche Bend pumping station;
- Pass by other towns including: Boundary Bend, Robinvale, Colignan, and Gol Gol;