Goolwa - Renmark
- Duration: 4 Days
- Location: Goolwa, SA
GOOLWA - RENMARK CRUISE
This section of river was the scene of the first paddlesteamers. 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 5 locks. Birdlife abounds and this section is rich in Indigenous and European history.
DAY 1: Depart Goolwa at 9.00am aboard “Spirit of the Murray” and cruise upstream past the town of Clayton and into Lake Alexandrina (Australia’s largest freshwater lake) after crossing the lake cruise past willow lined river banks and farmland, past the town of Tailem Bend and City of Murray Bridge, with lunch on board, passing Mannum we cruise on past spectacular golden cliffs, Bow Hill and stopping at Walkers Flat before transferring by coach to Mannum for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 2: After breakfast return by coach to the boat at Walkers Flat and cruise on past Swan Reach and through lock 1 at Blanchetown. Enjoy a light lunch in the old railway station at Morgan and hear from members of the local historical society about the history of the area. After lunch re-board the boat to continue upstream past Cadell and through lock 2 before stopping at Waikerie for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
DAY 3: Depart Waikerie aboard "Spirit of the Murray" and enjoy spectacular scenery, cruising along Great Yarra Reach, varied riverbank scenery, past Kingston-on-Murray, through Lock 3, Banrock Station overlooking their acclaimed wetland development & onto the Overland Corner Hotel for lunch. Return 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: After breakfast board the boat and cruise by Kamikaze Flats, past Media Island and Katarapko Game Reserve and through lock 4 passing Berri. Lunch is served onboard the boat while cruising past Lyrup, through lock 5, under the ‘lift’ bridge at Paringa and on to Renmark where our cruise ends at 3pm and transportation back to Goolwa arriving ~6:30pm.
River distance travelled: 553 kilometres
- Return transfer from Renmark to Goolwa at the completion of your cruise;
- Pass through 5 locks and cross Lake Alexandrina
- Old railway station tour and chat at Morgan;
- Lunch at the historic Overland Corner Hotel;
- Pass under the Paringa Lift Bridge;
- All meals included;
- Ensuite motel style accommodation at: Mannum, Waikerie, Loxton.