Cruise the Coorong this winter

Journey into the world-renowned natural beauty of the Coorong, where the mighty Murray River meets the sea, for a truly unforgettable holiday experience.

Rich with Indigenous heritage and cultural significance, and immortalized in Colin Thiele’s famous tale Storm Boy, the Coorong is a place filled with wonder.

There’s no better way to explore this impressive wilderness than on the water with a Spirit of the Coorong Cruise.

Led by experienced guides, these award-winning operators are also locals who know the Coorong – and its best hidden gems – like the back of their hands.

Cruises leave from the beautiful riverside town of Goolwa – and you’ll want to arrive early to explore this picturesque place.

There’s always something to discover at the Goolwa Wharf Precinct. Browse the stalls at the fortnightly Cittaslow Markets or meet friends at the monthly At the Wharf food, wine and music events. Stroll along the historic precinct and keep an eye out for majestic steam riverboats like the impressive PS Oscar W – or even a heritage steam train. Unwind at one of the local cellar doors, cafes, restaurants, distilleries, breweries or galleries here – it really is the ideal spot relax and indulge. With cycling and walking trails and a playground it’s also ideal for families.
When it comes to cruising, Spirit of the Coorong has an offering to suit every itinerary. Whether it’s a 90-minute Murray Mouth cruise, or spending a whole day on the water and soaking up the serenity and seclusion, there’s something for everyone.

Want to see it all? Hop aboard the signature six-hour Coorong Adventure Cruise for a day of unforgettable adventure. Cruising downstream from Goolwa, you’ll pass the historic wharf which was once bustling with majestic riverboats that sailed the Murray in its heyday as a trade route.

Through the Goolwa Barrage, dropping down to sea level, look out for the lazy fur-seals lounging on the banks. Cruising the glassy waterways of the Coorong, you’ll spot a stunning array of birdlife including the famous pelican.

There’s no better way to view the Murray Mouth as you cruise right through it and out onto the Southern Ocean.

For something truly special, add on a guided walk through the dunes where you’ll find an ancient Indigenous midden site and follow the bush-tucker trail to the stunning 90 Mile beach. Get a real taste of the Coorong and learn the Coorong Shuffle to find delicious pipis for your friendly skipper to cook up for you to sample.

Cruise past the ultimate film set as you pass the sites that starred in the Storm Boy movie and marvel at the towering dunes while you’re treated to a delicious lunch onboard.

The stars of a Coorong cruise are undoubtedly the spectacular scenery and the wildlife – and you’ll see plenty of both with your Spirit of the Coorong guides who will take you to the most stunning viewing spots.

Their expert commentary will also fill you in on the Coorong’s history – from its strong connections to the Ngarrindjeri people, to its riverboat heritage and its position as an internationally-recognised wetland of importance.

Want to make a memorable trip even more so? Extend your stay and head to the nearby Langhorne Creek wine region. Just over half an hour’s drive from Goolwa, the region boasts many award-winning wineries – think Lake Breeze, Bremerton, Bleasdale and Kimbolton to name a few. It’s also big on country hospitality, so you’ll find cosy cellar doors with wine tastings, regional produce platters and wood-fired pizza.

Book a cruise with Spirit of the Coorong.