Winter landscapes on the Murray Princess

Ask any local, and they’ll tell you that winter is a magical time to be on the Murray River. Between the morning fog rising off the water, and waterside campfires – through to the reflections of still waters and clear skies making for starry nights, it’s the perfect place to visit and escape the city.

Luckily, the Murray Princess is running its famous Christmas in July cruise this winter, that meanders the Mid Murray for up to 7 days of natural wonder.

Christmas in July

Festivities will be in full swing aboard the Princess this winter, with its Christmas in July cruise.

Break out the bubbly, puddings, and treats as the crew brings the best of Northern Hemisphere winter culture. Take your pick of 3, 4 or 7-night cruises, snuggle up on the warm cosy lounges, and watch the world go by.

Out on the deck, enjoy the stunning winter scenery and vibrant sunsets, Big Bend cliffs, and abundant bird life.

At night, the dark sky will illuminate with stars and Milky Way constellations. Winter is actually the best time for stargazing the world-renowned River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve. The cold air holds less moisture than balmy summer air, making the night sky clearer and the views to the stars that much better.

All this plus some delicious hearty food, with a chef preparing a Christmas menu with all the trimmings, you’ll never go hungry.

Find out more here.

Despite being the largest paddlewheeler in the Southern Hemisphere, the magic of a Princess cruise comes from all the little things. It’s those special memories that stay with you for years, and they can be formed from an unexpected encounter, exceptional customer service, surprise friendships, late-night treats and all the moments in between. We’ve listed our favourites here.

So dial up your friends, tell them to clear their schedules, and hop aboard the Princess for a calm, comfortable, and carefree winter cruise along one of the world’s most spectacular natural waterways in the world.

Explore the region

There are endless ways to admire the Murray’s beauty this winter, so extend your stay before or after your cruise, and spend a week exploring our diverse landscapes!

You can take the wheel of a houseboat for a self-directed trip upriver with Unforgettable Houseboats or explore more options from the Houseboat Hirers Association. Cast your line, relax with a book, or go for a paddle in the kayak – sounds like paradise, right?

There are also options for self-contained floating getaways. Dotted along the riverfront, take your pick from Cristal, Bill’s Boathouse, or Ark-imedes.

Further South lies the Coorong National Park. Journey into its world-renowned natural beauty, where the mighty Murray River meets the sea, for a truly unforgettable experience. There’s no better way to explore this winter wilderness than on the water with a Spirit of the Coorong cruise.

Discover our regions beautiful winter landscape and start planning your trip today!