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The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong offers a wide variety of activities, scenery and destinations, many of which can be enjoyed as a tour experience. All tours are easy to book and access, and will guarantee you a memorable experience.

Why not start with the unique and stunning Coorong, cruising the world renowned wetlands in the state-of-the-art Spirit of the Coorong? This is a truly memorable way to learn about South Australia's best kept secret.

Or you can check out Big Bend by Night, a unique nocturnal tour of the river cliffs and wildlife. You may want to include this tour as part of your paddlesteamer cruise. Choose from a variety of historic vessels, day cruises or extended week long cruises. Trust us, once you spend time cruising the Murray River, you will quickly fall under its peaceful and magical spell.

Spirit Australia Cruises

Our Murray River Cruises operate along the entire length of the Murray River between Goolwa SA and Albury NSW. From the moment you board one of our purpose built boats, you will be enchanted by the never ending but always changing scenery, the abundance of birdlife and wildlife, the history and stories, the captivating colours, moods, sounds and silences.

Spirit Australia passengers do not stay on-board in cabins. Passenger accommodation is on-shore in comfortable en-suite riverside town hotels allowing time to explore a different riverside town most evenings.

We mostly cruise one way, with coach return to port of origin to maximise distance cruised and minimise duplication of scenery. Our boats are therefore smaller, allowing access to unique untravelled waters and offering a more personalised and small group cruising experience. Our captains also offer expert and entertaining commentary on the stories and history of the Murray River.

We also cruise the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. A unique opportunity to explore the 7 Rivers, 4 Channels, 3 Lakes, 2 Straits & islands that inter-connect to make up the fascinating and diverse waterways, with a small group cruise all the way from SALE to LAKES ENTRANCE.

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Spirit of the Coorong

Spirit of the Coorong operate 1.5, 3.5 and 6 hour cruises departing from the historic port of Goolwa, 90 km south of Adelaide. Cruise to the Murray Mouth on the 1.5 hour Murray Mouth cruise, or across the Murray Mouth and into the wetland wilderness of the Coorong National Park on a 3.5 hr Coorong Discovery or 6 hour Coorong Adventure cruise.

Visit the area where both Storm Boy films were filmed, by the spectacular 90 mile beach. Look for the Storm Boy inspired character Mr Percival.

The long, narrow, Coorong wetland lagoon complex extends almost 150 kilometres from the Murray Mouth and is a special place of great beauty and tranquility. The book, and later the movie Storm Boy were based in the Coorong wetland area.

Recognised for spectacular sand-dune scenery and internationally significant as a migratory wader and waterfowl refuge, the Coorong is spiritually significant to the local Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal people and has archaeological sites attesting to Aboriginal occupation and use of the area over many thousands of years.

Enjoy the Captain's commentary on the Aboriginal and European history, ecology and bird life of the area. Guided walk(s), a delicious lunch, and afternoon tea are included.

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Watervalley Wetlands

From $20

Watervalley Wetlands offers over 40 kilometres of self-guided four wheel drive tracks that are suitable for all levels of experience. These tracks take you through our working cattle station with majestic views of the Coorong, and then deep into our pristine heritage-listed vegetation. Our expansive system of wetlands lay dry after summer and teem with life following the winter rains, supporting a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Should you wish to explore this private property with a friendly guide we offer half day and full day tag along tours. You will discover a different side to the Coorong that is tucked away out of sight.

Why not pack your lunch and spend some time with us or stay the night and test your astronomy skills. We offer camping in designated bush camps, or accommodation in the Wetlands Centre.

Why not incorporate Watervalley Wetlands into your next Coorong experience.

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Wine Coaster Tours

Wine Coaster Tours offer relaxed, fun and intimate winery and produce tours across the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and the Adelaide Hills. You will travel in style in a luxury 4WD (maximum of 4 passengers). We offer a door to door service on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula.