FEATURING INTIMATE MUSIC SESSIONS WITH
FELICITY URQUHART, DARREN COGGAN, PETE DENAHY & ASHLEIGH DALLAS
$3895* PP TWIN SHARE | 9 DAYS | DEPARTING 18 FEBRUARY 2022
3 NIGHT 4 STAR HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN ADELAIDE | 20 MEALS
FULL DAY WINERY TOUR | HALF DAY ADELAIDE TOUR
5 NIGHT MURRAY RIVER CRUISE ON BOARD THE PROUD MARY
OUTLINED TOURING AND ADMISSIONS
FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2022
Arrival at leisure into Adelaide and transport to the Hotel – Rydges Adelaide. Welcome Dinner.
SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2022
Enjoy Barossa for a full day of sightseeing, wine tasting and lunch.
SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2022
With its vibrant culture built on world famous festivals, food and wine, cosmopolitan Adelaide is an elegant city with a rich past and a passion for fine living. We head out to explore Adelaide and all it has to offer.
Cosmopolitan Gouger Street - home to Chinatown, great restaurants and bars, Grand boulevard of King William Street including Beehive Corner at the head of Rundle Mall, Classic Victoria Square - the heart of the city, The Terraces - north, south, east and west separating the city from the parklands, River Torrens - picturesque garden banks, Elegant Parliament House, State Library, Trinity Church, Adelaide’s oldest church, Trendy Hutt Street where Adelaide love to eat, drink and relax, Visit famous Haigh’s Chocolates* - enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee and fine chocolates after a tour of the factory, Stop at St Peter’s Cathedral, Stunning Adelaide Oval, home to the the Bradman collection is one of Australia’s most notable cricket grounds now even more spectacular following the rebuild, Colonel Light’s on Montefiore Hill - panoramic views over Adelaide. We have our fist taste of our artists performing tonight. Proud Mary ties up at our overnight mooring, for a night of peace and tranquility in the Australian bush.
MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2022
Proud Mary departs Sunnyside and continues upstream. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast while cruising through Mypolonga, Wall Flat, Caloote and Ponde.
Mid-morning Proud Mary arrives in picturesque Mannum. On the tour, you will re-trace the colourful history of several pioneering families whose efforts shaped the successful development of this region. Your tour includes a visit to the Mannum Dock museum in Mannum, where you will find a fascinating collection of historical memorabilia.
Lunch is served aboard as you cruise upstream past Younghusband, Teal Flat, lovely Lake Carlet, Bowhill, Purnong and onto Walker Flat. 4pm – Happy Hour & time to be entertained by Pete Denahy.
Proud Mary moors at Walker Flat. This evening is “Australiana Night” and dinner will feature the use of some traditional bush foods.
Return to the Vessel to be entertained by Ashleigh Dallas.
TUESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2022
Proud Mary departs Walker Flat and continues upstream. You will pass the town of Wongulla where, some fifty years ago, men found the fossil of a 20 million year old shark. Join the Captain in the Dining Room for a complete run-down on the story of Murray River including its history, current water usage practices and the ecology of this vital water source. Here you will disembark Proud Mary and with a local guide visit Costa Brothers Almond Farm. The almond industry is the fastest growing horticulture crop in Australia. Discover how this state of the art almond farm uses water-recycling technology to limit its direct impact on the river system and help secure the diverse ecosystem of the river. Also visit the Swan Reach Museum which is housed in the original school building that was built in 1917; the museum’s collection focuses on the history of education and the social history of the area.
Proud Mary secures at Blanchetown, site of the Lock and Weir No 1. The river is dammed by 13 locks built to facilitate the early riverboat trade. Water cascades over the lock creating an excellent feeding place for birdlife. Pelicans and dozens of species of water birds can be seen diving in the water to feed. It’s a wonderful experience to watch as you relax with a quiet drink.
Tonight, enjoy a delicious roast dinner with all the trimmings finished off with one of the home-style desserts Proud Mary’s chefs are famous for. Darren Coggan performance.
WEDNESDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2022
Ecological walk around Portee Station. Here you’ll discover the importance of flood plains to the river system. You will also see some of the last remaining evidence of ancient Aboriginal civilization, a huge canoe tree bearing the scar where bark was taken to make a canoe. Learn about Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived here. In native dialect ‘moorundie’ means sand or sandy and is the site where the history of the area began in 1840, when explorer Edward John Eyre established a village named Sturt after the famous explorer navigator
Cruise downstream towards Swan Reach, passing magnificent lagoons teeming with birdlife, awesome cliffs reaching for the sky and spectacular scenery as far as the eyes can see. Throughout your cruise you can listen to the informative commentary that occurs from time to time about the history of the areas you pass through and the boats that used to work there.
This evening delivers another rewarding experience… a traditional Aussie barbeque prepared by our chefs and eaten under a canopy of stars amidst the restful sounds of the nearby river. Afterwards, enjoy an evening’s entertainment around a blazing campfire, with all our artists. Request a song and sing along into the night as the stars of the Australian sky hover above, almost close enough to touch.
THURSDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2022
Head towards Ngaut Ngaut.
Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal conservation site tour of one of the oldest archaeological digs in Australia. This is one of the definite highlights of your cruise. Take the boardwalk to the site of ancient aboriginal rock art where your local indigenous guide will explain their meaning and significance. Ngaut Ngaut was a major meeting place for the tribes of the area and you’ll see where they prepared and cooked food at a ceremonial site that dates back thousands of years. The view from the top of the cliffs is astonishing with vistas that stretch for miles in every direction.
The culinary highlight of your cruise is the silver service Captain’s Dinner, a five-course menu of choice featuring mouth-watering dishes based on modern Australian cuisine. Dress up a little and enjoy a gorgeous formal dinner and tonight be entertained by Felicity Urquhart.
FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY
Depart Mannum. Cruise through Ponde, Caloote and Wall Flat to Woodlane.
Arrive at Woodlane to board the waiting coach for your tour to Reedy Creek Environmental Park. This was an important gathering point for local Aboriginal tribes as it provided a continuous source of water throughout the year. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended and don’t forget to take along your cameras, as Reedy Creek is very picturesque indeed, especially when the waterfalls are flowing.
Tie up at Murray Bridge. We say goodbye and thank you for joining us on this exploration of the Murray River We head back into Adelaide for our farewell dinner and last night at Rydges Adelaide.
SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2022
Today we say goodbye to our friends and head back to the airport for our return flight home.
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