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Proud Australia Nature Cruises

Enjoy cruises of two, three or five night duration operating every week of the year, departing from Murray Bridge or Blanchetown on the modern, luxurious cruise vessel MV Proud Mary.

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Proud Mary 2 Night Midweek Cruise – PAH01

Just 45 minutes from Adelaide in the heart of the Murraylands, the Captain and crew of the boutique passenger vessel Proud Mary look forward to welcoming you aboard for a two night Proud Australia nature cruise.

. Day One – Sunday – Join Proud Mary at 2000. Having settled into your river view cabin, enjoy a drink before dinner as Proud Mary cruises to her overnight mooring point. As you cruise, Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the shore. It is a perfect opportunity to view the nocturnal animals of Australia in their natural habitat. Later we tie up for the night of peace and tranquillity in the Australian bush. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Two – Monday – Your cruise continues upstream as you breakfast on a delicious buffet. You will pass huge lagoons teeming with birdlife. During floods these inland lagoons were so immense that in the early riverboat days Captains could not find the true channels. Today the willows provide the perfect haven for the prolific and colourful birdlife. Mid morning Proud Mary arrives in picturesque Mannum, the birthplace of Australia’s riverboat trade. Here you will board the waiting coach for a history tour of this small township, which played a significant role in the development of South Australia. On tour we will retrace the colourful history of several pioneering families and visit the 103 year old paddle steamer, the Marion. Lunch will be served aboard Proud Mary as you cruise upstream to Walker Flat. This evening is ‘Australiana night’ featuring typically Australian dishes. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Three – Tuesday – After breakfast Proud Mary cruises further upstream. Mid morning arrive at Swan Reach and board your waiting coach for a tour to visit Murray Aquaculture, one of the most ambitious aquaculture projects undertaken in Australia. The fresh water crustacean is uniquely Australian and is only one of many species of crayfish found in Australia. With a local guide passengers are taken through the complex covering 10,000 square metres of ponds, nurseries and an interpretive information centre. On board, passengers have the opportunity to sample Murray Aquaculture fresh water crustaceans. Late afternoon Proud Mary arrives at Blanchetown, site of the first lock on the River Murray. Early evening disembark Proud Mary and board your waiting coach for your transfer to Adelaide.

. Operates:
. Embark: Sunday at 2000 from Murray Bridge.
. Disembark: Tuesday 1830 at Blanchetown.
. Passengers travelling by coach to connect with Proud Mary depart from Bowen Street, Adelaide on Sunday at 1900 and return to Adelaide on Tuesday at 2110.

. Includes:
. Two nights Proud Australia nature cruise in river view accommodation with private facilities.
. All meals.
. On board entertainment.
. Daily nature base shore excursions.

. Excludes:
. Return coach transfers from Adelaide.
. Car garaging at Murray Bridge.

. Tour costs:
. AUD720.00 adult twin share.
. AUD1095.00 adult sole use.
. AUD650.00 adult triple share.
. AUD455.00 child under 12 years.
. AUD57.00 per person, return coach transfers from Adelaide.
. AUD47.00 per vehicle, garaging.

Proud Mary 3 Night Midweek Cruise – PAH02

See towering River Red gums and stunning scenery as you cruise along the mighty River Murray on an all inclusive three night Proud Australia nature cruise.

. Day One – Tuesday – Passengers travelling on the three night midweek cruise join Proud Mary at Blanchetown at 1930. Settle into your riverview accommodation and then enjoy dinner as we cruise this evening to Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived there. Proud Mary moors overnight on a beautiful beach amongst towering River Red gums. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Two – Wednesday – You will wake today in one of the most unspoilt and picturesque areas of the River Murray. Take an environmental discovery walk of Moorundie Creek, even today you will see evidence of an ancient Aboriginal civilisation – a huge canoe tree still stands. As you cruise downstream, you will pass magnificent lagoons teeming with birdlife, majestic cliffs reaching for the sky and spectacular scenery. This afternoon join our ecologist aboard a flat bottom punt boat for a cruise through the lagoons and inlets to view the bird and wildlife at close range. This evening there is a traditional Australian barbecue on shore followed by live Aussie entertainment around a blazing campfire. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Three – Thursday – This morning you will have an early departure for Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal conservation area where you will be met by a local Aboriginal guide and shown over Australia’s first Aboriginal archaeological digs. As you continue cruising this afternoon there will be time to relax before an afternoon arrival in Mannum. Here you will have time to explore before cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served prior to the sumptuous five course Captain’s dinner. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Four – Friday – This morning you will be collected from Proud Mary by coach for a tour to Reedy Creek Environmental Park. As well as natural rock shelters, the area offered permanent water and an abundance of wild game for hunting. Your guide will provide information enabling you to identify significant rock formations and the abundant native vegetation and birdlife. Lunch today is a superb buffet prepared with fresh local produce as you cruise further downstream through more spectacular scenery and the final leg of your journey. Disembark Proud Mary at 1600 in Murray Bridge and transfer to Adelaide by coach.

. Operates:
. Embark: Tuesday 1930 from Blanchetown.
. Disembark: Friday 1600 at Murray Bridge.
. Passengers travelling by coach to connect with Proud Mary depart from the Central Bus Station, 111 Franklin Street Adelaide on Tuesday at 1730 and return to Adelaide on Friday at 1815.

. Includes:
. Three nights Proud Australia nature cruise in riverview accommodation with private facilities.
. All meals.
. On board entertainment.
. Daily nature based shore excursions.

. Excludes:
. Return coach transfers from Adelaide.

. Tour costs:
. AUD1025.00 adult twin share.
. AUD1565.00 adult sole use.
. AUD915.00 adult triple share.
. AUD645.00 child under 12 years.
. AUD57.00 per person, return coach transfers from Adelaide.

Proud Mary Ultimate Weekend Cruise – S05

Did you know you can cruise the Outback on South Australia’s Murray River? Experience unique nature cruising aboard MV Proud Mary. With a resident ecologist, you can encounter the river at its best. Journey into history at Mannum. Glide through the lagoons on a small boat to see prolific birdlife. Explore Reedy Creek Gorge for an insight to abundant wildlife. As dusk falls, enjoy a bush barbecue on the golden sands of the riverbank. Discover the Outback aboard South Australia’s boutique Murray River Nature Cruise.

. Operates:
. From Murray Bridge at 2000 on Friday night and returns at 1600 on Sunday afternoon.

Proud Mary 5 Night Cruise – PAH04

Just 45 minutes from Adelaide in the heart of the Murraylands, the Captain and crew of the boutique passenger vessel Proud Mary look forward to welcoming you aboard for a five night Proud Australia nature cruise.

. Day One – Sunday – Join Proud Mary at 2000. Having settled into your riverview cabin, enjoy a drink before dinner as Proud Mary cruises to her overnight mooring point. As you cruise, Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the shore. It is a perfect opportunity to view the nocturnal animals of Australia in their natural habitat. Later we tie up for the night of peace and tranquillity in the Australian bush. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Two – Monday – Your cruise continues upstream as you breakfast on a delicious buffet. You will pass huge lagoons teeming with birdlife. During floods these inland lagoons were so immense that in the early riverboat days Captains could not find the true channels. Today the willows provide the perfect haven for the prolific and colourful birdlife. Mid morning Proud Mary arrives in picturesque Mannum, the birthplace of Australia’s riverboat trade. Here you will board the waiting coach for a history tour of this small township, which played a significant role in the development of South Australia. On tour we will retrace the colourful history of several pioneering families and visit the 103 year old paddle steamer, the Marion. Lunch will be served aboard Proud Mary as you cruise upstream to Walker Flat. This evening is ‘Australiana night’ featuring typically Australian dishes. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Three – Tuesday – After breakfast Proud Mary cruises further upstream. Mid morning arrive at Swan Reach and board your waiting coach for a tour to visit Murray Aquaculture, one of the most ambitious aquaculture projects undertaken in Australia. The fresh water crustacean is uniquely Australian and is only one of many species of crayfish found in Australia. With a local guide passengers are taken through the complex covering 10,000 square metres of ponds, nurseries and an interpretive information centre. On board, passengers have the opportunity to sample Murray Aquaculture fresh water crustaceans for lunch as Proud Mary cruises to Blanchetown, site of Lock number one. The River Murray is dammed by 13 locks built for the early riverboat trade. Water cascades over the lock creating an excellent feeding place for the birdlife. This evening Proud Mary will cruise to Moorundie Creek, named after the Aboriginal tribe that lived there. Proud Mary moors overnight on a beautiful beach amongst towering River Red gums. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Four – Wednesday – Wake this morning in one of the most unspoilt and picturesque areas of the River Murray. You will be taken on an environmental discovery walk of Moorundie Creek, even today you will see evidence of an ancient Aboriginal civilisation – a huge canoe tree still stands. As Proud Mary cruises downstream, you will pass magnificent lagoons teeming with birdlife, majestic cliffs reaching for the sky and spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. This afternoon join a fully trained ecologist aboard a flat bottom punt boat for a cruise through the lagoons and inlets to view the bird and wildlife at close range. This evening there is a traditional Australian barbecue on shore followed by live Aussie entertainment around a blazing campfire. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Five – Thursday – This morning you will have an early departure for Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal conservation area where you will be met by a local Aboriginal guide and shown over Australia’s first Aboriginal archaeological digs. As you continue cruising this afternoon there will be time to relax before an afternoon arrival in Mannum. Here you will have time to explore before cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are severed prior to the sumptuous five course Captain’s dinner. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Six – Friday – This morning you will be collected from Proud Mary by coach for a tour to Reedy Creek Environmental Park. As well as natural rock shelters, the area offered permanent water and an abundance of wild game for hunting. Your guide will provide information enabling you to identify significant rock formations and the abundant native vegetation and birdlife. Lunch today is a superb buffet prepared with fresh local produce as you cruise further downstream through more spectacular scenery and the final leg of your journey. Disembark Proud Mary at 1600 in Murray Bridge.

. Operates:
. Embark: Sunday 2000 from Murray Bridge.
. Disembark: Friday 1600 at Murray Bridge.
. Passengers travelling by coach to connect with Proud Mary depart from Bowen Street, Adelaide on Sunday at 1900 and return to Adelaide on Friday at 1815.

. Includes:
. Five nights Proud Australia nature cruise in riverview accommodation with private facilities.
. All meals.
. On board entertainment.
. Daily nature base shore excursions.

. Excludes:
. Return coach transfers from Adelaide.
. Car garaging at Murray Bridge.

. Tour costs:
. AUD1685.00 adult twin share.
. AUD2435.00 adult sole use.
. AUD1505.00 adult triple share.
. AUD1015.00 child under 12 years.
. AUD57.00 per person, return coach transfers from Adelaide.
. AUD65.00 per vehicle, garaging.

Proud Mary Monday Morning Tea Cruise – PAH05

Experience a delightful morning tea cruise on board the Proud Mary as she cruises along the mighty River Murray from Mannum. Cruise past some of the most environmentally interesting areas of the entire River Murray system including small river townships, shack settlements and some of the rivers prolific wildlife sanctuaries.

. Operates:
. Mondays at 1100 from Mary Anne Reserve, Mannum.

. Includes:
. Delicious morning tea.
. Informative commentary by the vessels’ Captain.
. Attendance by Proud Mary’s professionally trained crew.
. Inspection of the vessels’ facilities.

Proud Mary Friday Morning Tea Cruise – PAH06

Experience a delightful morning tea cruise on board the Proud Mary as she cruises along the mighty River Murray from Woodlane Reserve. Cruise past some of the most environmentally interesting areas of the entire River Murray system including small river townships, shack settlements and some of the rivers prolific wildlife sanctuaries.

. Operates:
. Fridays at 1100 from Woodlane Reserve via Mannum.

. Directions to Woodlane Reserve:
. Located 10 kilometres from Mannum. From Murray Bridge turn left onto Mannum Road, follow signs to Woodlane Reserve. Take right hand turn to Mypolonga and continue along following signs, take a right hand turn onto gravel road and travel 400 metres along road to car park and Woodlane Reserve.

. Includes:
. Delicious morning tea.
. Informative commentary by the vessels’ Captain.
. Attendance by Proud Mary’s professionally trained crew.
. Inspection of the vessels’ facilities.

Proud Mary Ultimate Weekend Cruise – SH06

Discover the Outback on Australia’s most famous river, the Murray. Experience unique nature cruising with a resident ecologist and encounter the river at its best, aboard South Australia’s fully inclusive boutique hotel on water, the MV Proud Mary.

Proud Mary 2 Night Weekend Cruise – PAH03

Depart Murray Bridge for a relaxing weekend cruise of the River Murray. Enjoy stunning river scenery, fantastic meals and service.

. Day One – Friday – Join Proud Mary at 2000. Having settled into your river view cabin, enjoy drinks before a delicious supper as Proud Mary cruises to her overnight mooring point and your Captain introduces his crew. As you cruise, Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the shore. This is an opportunity to see the river environment in a different perspective and may allow for a view of some of the nocturnal wildlife, especially birds such as night herons, owls and coots. Later, Proud Mary ties up for the night of peace and tranquillity in the Australian bush. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Two – Saturday – Breakfast heartily whilst cruising this morning. Proud Mary continues upstream today through some of the most spectacular scenery on the entire River Murray system. The inland lagoons are so immense that in the early riverboat days, Captains could not find true channels. In the early 1900’s riverboat Captains planted willow trees along the banks to clearly mark the main river channel. Today the willows provide the perfect haven for the prolific and colourful birdlife. The Proud Mary berths in Mannum allowing time for a stroll through this very historic town. Here you will also enjoy a guided cruise led by an ecologist aboard a small boat through the lagoons and inlets of the River Murray – a highlight of your journey. There are some 320 species of birdlife in this area and with the aid of binoculars and your well informed guide you will study at close range the prolific birdlife. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the Proud Mary chefs as you cruise upstream. Late afternoon your vessel ties alongside the towering cliffs and beautiful sandy beach. This evening there is a traditional Australian barbecue on shore followed by live Aussie bush entertainment around a blazing campfire. Overnight Proud Mary.

. Day Three – Sunday – This morning there will be time for further exploration of the tranquil Australian bush. Enjoy a hearty breakfast as Proud Mary cruises downstream before a mid morning arrival in picturesque Mannum. Here board your waiting coach for a tour to the Reedy Creek Environmental Park. Your guide will provide information to enable you to identify significant rock formations and the abundant native vegetation and birdlife. Lunch is a superb buffet with fresh local produce. This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery before disembarking in Murray Bridge at 1630.

. Operates:
. Embark: Friday at 2000 from Murray Bridge.
. Disembark: Sunday 1630 at Murray Bridge
. . Passengers travelling by coach to connect with Proud Mary depart from Bowen Street, Adelaide on Friday at 1900 and return to Adelaide on Sunday at 1815.

. Includes:
. Two nights Proud Australia nature cruise in river view accommodation with private facilities.
. All meals.
. Lagoon trip in flat bottom boat with ecologist
. On shore barbecue with live entertainment.
. Daily nature based shore excursions.

. Excludes:
. Return coach transfers from Adelaide.
. Car garaging at Murray Bridge.

. Tour costs:
. AUD720.00 adult twin share.
. AUD1095.00 adult sole use.
. AUD650.00 adult triple share.
. AUD455.00 child under 12 years.
. AUD57.00 per person, return coach transfers from Adelaide.
. AUD47.00 per vehicle, garaging.

Activites and Experiences at Proud Australia Nature Cruises

  • Cruising CRUISING
  • Meditating/Relaxing MEDITATING/RELAXING
  • Sightseeing SIGHTSEEING
  • Train Ride TRAIN RIDE
  • Bush Tucker BUSH TUCKER
  • Animal Viewing ANIMAL VIEWING
  • Water-based WATER-BASED
  • Wholesale
  • Waiting Area
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT I
  • Adventure ADVENTURE
  • Rural/Country RURAL/COUNTRY
  • Cruise CRUISE
  • Flora and Fauna FLORA AND FAUNA
  • Marine MARINE
  • Nature based NATURE BASED
  • Nightlife NIGHTLIFE
  • Rail RAIL
  • Water based WATER BASED
  • Wildlife WILDLIFE
  • English English
  • American Express
  • Bankcard
  • Diners Club
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Motor Vessel VESSEL

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