Captain Cook Cruises has announced the 2016 dates for its popular seven night Mannum to Loxton and Loxton to Mannum cruises onboard small ship paddle-wheeler the Murray Princess.
The Mannum to Loxton cruise will depart Mannum at 4.30pm on Friday 25 November and disembark in Loxton at 9am on Friday 2 December, 2016. The Loxton to Mannum cruise will depart Loxton at 4.30pm on Friday 2 December and disembark in Mannum at 9am on Friday 9 December, 2016.
This historic 339km voyage between Loxton to Mannum in South Australia only operates once every year and follows in the wake of the great 19th century pioneers on a unique journey through three Locks.
“We are very excited to be operating this incredible cruise again this year. Both cruises are very popular with guests who want to explore Australia’s outback history from Loxton to Mannum and it is also part of Australia not many people have seen or experienced.” Explains Donna Gauci, General Manager, SeaLink South Australia.
The Loxton cruise visits Katarapko, Cobdogla Creek, Overland Corner, Old Distillery, Morgan, Sunnydale and Piggy Flat/Coolcha for overnight stops with shore excursions along the way.
Each day features exciting day trips including a visit to the amazing Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve – one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a guided boardwalk tour of ancient rock carvings and to learn about Aboriginal history.
Guests will fall in love with the animals at a visit to a Native Wildlife Shelter and enjoy a fun and very interactive Australian Woolshed Show.
In many of the historic towns guests will be able to learn about the early settlers and their families on fascinating guided walks and visits to historic museums. Some townships even date back to the early 1800’s.
There’s a food and wine trail that enables tastings at a rustic cellar door and an Aussie-style campfire barbecue dinner to be enjoyed on the river bank.
Along with this once in a lifetime journey there’s an abundance of nocturnal wildlife including kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises and many other species that may be spotted on the riverbanks.
Birdwatchers can view the prolific birdlife including pelicans, wrens and swans while all guests will delight in the breathtaking river scenery as they cruise past towering limestone cliffs, through picturesque gorges, sandbars and fascinating submerged forests.
The seven nightLoxton to Mannum cruise are priced from $2098 per person twin share, inside cabin including accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, the Captain’s Dinner and Cocktail Party, live entertainment, use of ship’s facilities including a sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini gymnasium and complimentary scenic coach transfers pre cruise from Adelaide to Loxton and post cruise Mannum to Adelaide.