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“Proud Mary 5-day cruise - leisurely, absorbing experience of the wonders of the Murray” 5 of 5 stars
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4-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle...
Ranked #811 of 3,963 Attractions in Australia
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
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Sydney, Australia
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“Proud Mary 5-day cruise - leisurely, absorbing experience of the wonders of the Murray”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We went on this trip with four friends because we wanted a leisurely, relaxed look at the wonders of the lower Murray and its onshore communities, in a small group. We wanted to be able to take time to experience the magnificence of our surroundings and learn what we could about the wildlife and landscape, indigenous significance, river history. We didn't want lots of people, razzamatazz and hectic activity. The trip was perfect.

Initally, seeing a group of elderly people (some with walkers) coming on board did give us pause, but they were up for everything, we were all well catered-for in the activities and facilities. With 36 guests, there were enough for a good mix, and few enough for activities to be easily managed.

The food was really excellent, varied, fresh and with all sorts of dietary requirements managed well. Tea, coffee, etc. were available all the time. And the two chefs were charming. Drinks were extra, with a pretty fair range,and though some of the wines were a bit expensive, the house alternatives were OK.

There was a good range of onshore outings, from walks (probably a little less extensive than we'd have liked, but there were opportunities at many of the stops for individual walks), bus tours for night-time wildlife spotting and seeing the towns and onshore places of interest, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site where excellent local indigenous guides led us through a truly significant ancient archaeological site, and a knockout visit to the Mypolonga Primary School where the pupils welcomed us, showed us around, and explained how they all work together to run their award-winning craft shop, which amongst other things produces goods for the Proud Mary (delicious chocolate-covered local apricots). A trip to a yabbie aquaculture enterprise and almond orchard was really well done. ,There was an Australian Foods dinner, very well-done, an onshore evening barbecue with a musician and group involvement, which could have been dodgy but was thoroughly enjoyable.The final night Captain's Dinner was also above expectations; we'd not been keen about the idea of a special dress-up event, but this managed to be both low-key and classy, and with some inventiveness by guests to make it fun...paper serviettes fashioned into bowties for the fellows, some cheap tiaras bought onshore to add some pizzaz.

Cabins were very comfortable, with double or ensuites, and very well serviced (beds made, turned-down each night with pillow chocs). One couple complained about generator noise on one or two nights, but we were unaffected.

Staff were excellent - Captain knowledgeable, affable and with expert insights and commentary. Cruise Director and the onshore bus driver were also very friendly and efficient, attentive to all guests, and genuine with no glib polish or superficiality. Cabin and wait-staff were also very capable and considerate. The only mismatch was our guide on a small-boat tour of lagoons (not sure he was the "expert ecologist" advertised in the brochure) who was intersting but felt the need to include political denigration and rubbishing of scientists into his commentary.

Two of our group were bussed from Adelaide to meet the cruise; we four others had our cars and camper trailer accommodated (at additional cost) while we cruised. This was all managed efficiently.

Everything went smoothly and calmly, no rush or fuss. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing exploration of the Murray. Most importantly, there was plenty of time to sit outside (on the deck in front of the bridge and on the large rear deck, with comfy chairs and tables) and relish the lovely slow and quiet progress up this mighty river - the cliffs and lagoons, magnificent red-gums,prolific birdlife. Travelling in August, the river was quiet with the dozens of big houseboats were moored, so it was beautifully quiet.

Booking service was efficient and personal too - we had to delay confirming as two of our friends were travelling in the outback, but all was handled beautifully.


Visited August 2013
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Cruising the Murray river”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

What an amazing way to remove yourself from the stress of day to day living. The houseboat hired from Oz Houseboats, Murray Bridge had everything you could possibly need even music to suit the environment. We spent 6 nights travelling up and down the river to Kia Marina and down below Swanston Bridge. The bird life was amazing, the little towns buzzing and the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the scenery at your leisure. If you enjoy your own company, peace and tranquility this is the perfect holiday. My only comment would be to be prepared to hunt for your mooring each night as the landowners are not as accommodating as they could be. Happy travels.

Visited September 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“PS Murray Princess”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Relaxing on the Murray Princess is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of the mighty Murray River.
The service on the paddle steamer is magnificent from the captain to all other crew members. The dining is first class and so is the entertainment thanks to Bill Clarke.
The staterooms are due for refurbishing but you don't spend too much time in there.

Visited September 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“travelling on river boat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

best holiday within a holiday ever,four of us drove to from Melbourne to Port Mannum,via Robe.Hire a boat for 4 days,the stillnest of the nights,sunsets scenery fantasticand wild life most entertaining .Scenery ever changing as we moved through the river.Facilities on boat brilliant,very well equipped with BBQ and juzzci which were well used,hire company very helpful.Stopoff at Bowhill very exciting,locals very helpful.Steering boat a daunting experience and well worth it,having no experience not a problem.Drove back via Grampian and had an overnight stay in most attractive place named Roses Gap .Excellent beautiful location and great value.Local wines a must.

Visited April 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Four days of PURE bliss on the Murray.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Late May 2013 ...... Myself and eight friends(9) decided to take to the Murray River ...and we did ....like ducks to water.
Truly Unforgettable berth houseboat lived up to its name and became our "home" for four amazing nights and days...Sunrises and sunsets became our daily delight ( picture post card) great company, amazing scenery, yummy cusine delights and the never ending supprise around each bend...( Treasures locked in the memory bank forever)..the call to play rummkup quickly brought the faithfull to the table while others choose mid and top deck to lounge read photo shoots and of course the changing of the CAPTAIN...oh lets not forget the spa deck with glass in hand and a smile yet another photo shoot.this was usually enjoyed just before nibbles and drinkies...yes the sun was over the yard arm I belive that is the saying ...Lots of laughs, stories and experiences shared with friends and at our age 60/70 they where a plenty...Last night on the Murray YEP "party night" BBQ on the back lower deck, music blaring from all the speakers dancing YEP twist, jive, and limbo we are party animals........however come 9pm lights out (HAHA)..Magic all the way.....If we knew what we knew now it would have been 7 days however I am spreading the word as are all the other crew memebers... A small requirement which could be looked at if possilbe Hairdryers and binoculas which would add to a VERY well equipped houseboat...( Maybe added into the bond) just a thought...thanks you all for a very memorable time on your Murray River......DAWN

Visited May 2013
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