A Nautical New Year on the Murray | Fun Over Fifty Tours

A Nautical New Year on the Murray


Celebrate the New Year and ring in 2020 in style cruising aboard the Proud Mary! From Murray Bridge you’ll discover historic Mannum, Lock 1, the cliffs at Big Bend, indigenous culture, abundant wildlife and so much more with 7 nights cruising the mighty Murray. You’ll enjoy fabulous, friendly onboard service and a festive New Year’s Eve party like none other. Then start 2020 with 2 nights discovered the unchartered wilderness of stunning Kangaroo Island.

Duration Duration:

11 days

Price From From

$4,775pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

27th December 2019

Location Departure Location:
Flights arrive into Adelaide

Location Return Location:
Flights home


Twin Share
Sole Use
$1,000pp non-refundable

Itinerary (Flights arrive into Adelaide - Flights home)

Day 1    (L,AT,D) Adelaide

cruise heritage plane

Flights arrive in Adelaide where we head to Glenelg for lunch before embarking on a city tour taking in North Terrace Cultural Boulevard, the Adelaide Oval and St Peter’s Cathedral. We then head into the Adelaide Hills to the quaint village of Hahndorf and take time to discover Australia’s oldest German settlement. Later, we make our way to Murray Bridge to be welcomed aboard by the friendly Proud Mary crew. Taking to the river we enjoy a buffet supper as the Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the shore giving us ample opportunity to view nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. This evening we tie up for the night at Woodlane.
7 Night Stay: Proud Mary 

Day 2    (B,L,D) Onboard the Proud Mary

cruise eco heritage

Cruising upstream, we arrive mid-morning in picturesque Mannum, the birthplace of the river boat trade. Here we board the waiting coach for a guided tour of historic Mannum. Later, we continue upstream to Walker Flat and this evening after a dinner showcasing typically Australian dishes, we take a guided nocturnal discovery tour. The tour gives an insight into abundant wildlife in this region, including the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat. Tonight’s mooring is at Walker Flat.

Day 3    (B,L,D) Onboard the Proud Mary


Departing Walker Flat and cruising further upstream we enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and a relaxed morning taking in the ever changing vista. Perhaps join a card game on the sun deck or just while away the day taking in the breathtaking
views as we cruise past Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived there. Later you’ll be intrigued by nautical precision as we pass through Lock 1 before mooring amongst the towering river red gums at McBeans Pound.

Day 4    (B,L,D) Onboard the Proud Mary

cruise heritage

Relax onboard then take in the Captain’s talk on the Murray River as we cruise toward Morgan this morning. After lunch we arrive at Caudo Winery and Vineyard for a cellar door tasting. Nestled on the banks of the Murray the winery not only has beautiful views but extremely fertile vineyards that produce quality wines. Tonight as we moor in Morgan on the great Elbow, it’s time to get your competitive juices flowing as its trivia night onboard!

Day 5    (B,L,D) Onboard the Proud Mary

cruise entertainment foodwine heritage

After breakfast it’s time to explore the historic town of Morgan, once one of the busiest South Australian Murray River ports. We tour the many heritage sights of this once booming riverside town including the customs house and courthouse on Railway Terrace. Once back on board we head back through Lock 1 to moor at Sugar Shack. This evening we ring in 2020 with a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring delicious food and live entertainment onboard!

Day 6    (B,L,D) Onboard the Proud Mary

cruise eco entertainment foodwine heritage walking

Wake this morning in one of the most unspoilt and picturesque areas of the river and take in a walk with the Captain before we head downstream to Swan Reach.
Mid afternoon we arrive at Big Bend where the cliffs are most spectacular. Here we embark on a guided tour lead by an ecologist aboard a small boat through the lagoons and inlets of Big Bend. This evening we enjoy live entertainment and a campfire BBQ on the banks of the river at Big Bend.

Day 7    (B,L,D) Onboard the Proud Mary

cruise foodwine indigenous

This morning we continue downstream through some of the most spectacular scenery on the entire river system to arrive at Ngaut Ngaut – a historical Aboriginal site. Here an indigenous guide explains the carvings and paintings on cliff faces made up to 20,000 years ago. Later in the afternoon we arrive in Mannum for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a formal Captain’s Dinner.

Day 8    (B,L,D) Normanville

cruise indigenous

This morning at Woodlane we join our guide for a tour of this fascinating area and discover the permanent watercourse, waterfalls, swamps and wetlands which played a significant role in the lives of the ancient Nganguruku and Ngaralta tribes. This afternoon we enjoy some more spectacular scenery before returning to Murray Bridge, and bidding the Proud Mary goodbye. We then travel to the southern Fleurieu region of the peninsula and check-in for the night.
1 Night Stay: Links Lady Bay Resort, Normanville 

Day 9    (B,L,D) Kangaroo Island

cruise eco walking

Today we head to Cape Jervis and board the ferry to the pristine wilderness of Kangaroo Island. At Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery we ignite our
senses and tour the facilities then enjoy a hearty BBQ lunch before experiencing the Birds of Prey display at Raptor Domain, an in-flight presentation featuring Australian eagles and hawks. To finish off the day we take in the scenery as we drive to Seal Bay Conservation Park where Australian sea lions sunbathe and frolic on a stunning beach. We take a guided walk to get a close look at the sea lion colony, home to around 600 rare Australian Sea Lions, then head to Kingscote and check-in at our hotel.

Day 10    (B,L,D) Kangaroo Island

eco walking

This morning we hit the wildlife trail discovering Flinders Chase National Park and Kangaroo Island’s iconic natural formations; Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Later we discover some icons of the island’s legendary local producers. At Emu Bay Lavender Farm we take in the sight, smell and taste of this beautiful and useful herb. We see how the flowers are grown, harvested and then produced into a variety of products on this family-run farm. Island Beehive extracts around 100 tonnes of honey each year from its population of Ligurian bees and our tour here offers a sneak peek into the fascinating world of organic honey production.

Day 11    (B,MT) Kangaroo Island

cruise plane

Leaving Kangaroo Island we board the ferry to the mainland and break for a delectable Devonshire morning tea in Victor Harbor, before arriving at Adelaide Airport for our flights home.

Tour Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights to Adelaide ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
  • Glenelg; Adelaide city tour
  • Hahndorf
  • 7 night cruise aboard the Proud Mary in Riverview cabins with daily excursions and all meals included
  • Murray Bridge; Woodlane guided tour •Guided tour of Mannum
  • Walker Flat guided nocturnal discovery tour
  • Blanchetown; McBeans Pound
  • Captain’s talk on the Murray River
  • Guided tour of Morgan
  • Caudo Winery and Vineyard
  • New Year’s Eve celebrations with live entertainment aboard the Proud Mary
  • Big Bend ecologist guided tour and campfire BBQ
  • Ngaut Ngaut tour with Indigenous guide
  • Captain’s Dinner
  • 1 night Normanville
  • 2 nights Kingscote, Kangaroo Island
  • Emu Ridge Eucaluptus Distillery
  • Birds of Prey at Raptor Domain
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park guided walk
  • Remarkable Rocks; Admirals Arch
  • Emu Bay Lavender Farm tour and tasting
  • Island Beehive tour and tasting
  • Victor Harbor
  • 30 meals; locally operated comfort plus coach travel

Additional Information

Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air components. Flights are arranged to suit the tour group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences.

B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

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Flights Included
Comfort Plus Coach
Eco Experience
Walking Component
Indigenous Experience
Food & Wine Experience


Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 10 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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