Take the paddlewheeler down the ‘Mighty Murray’

Feb 03, 2021
A cruise down the mighty Murray River is a popular experience. Source: Getty

To Aussies, the great Murray River is considered ‘mighty’ and we put it down to two main reasons: its beauty and its length (2,508 kilometres). Surprisingly, it’s actually the third longest navigable river in the world, sitting behind the Amazon and the Nile.

For many Aussie families, the river is the perfect holiday destination – particularly if you live in New South Wales, Victoria or South Australia, where the river passes through. Sure, there’s no white sandy beaches like you see in Queensland, or rolling green mountain ranges for which Tasmania is famous. But the river is the ideal place to escape from the everyday, whether you’re kayaking downstream or sitting back and enjoying the sunshine while cruising on the PS Murray Princess paddlewheeler.

You’ll hear birds chirping in the distance, see ancient gorges and red gum forests and smell the fresh air. What more could you want? It’s a magical experience, and one that over-60s in particular absolutely rave about. The vessel they call home for a few days or even a week at a time is part of the reason why. The PS Murray Princess is filled with character and the charm of yesteryear, and the hospitality is second to none.

Enjoy breakfasts, delicious a la carte lunches and dinners with fellow passengers onboard. Source: Supplied

“What an incredible, relaxing four days cruising up and down the ‘Mighty Murray’,” one happy traveller said in a review posted to TripAdvisor. “Wonderful food, well-appointed stateroom, great travelling companions. The crew are a credit to the company in the way they helped and attended to every need. Overnight stays on the river, excursions and overall fun for the entire cruise. I will be going again in the near future.”

While another commented, “The cruise along the Murray River aboard a paddlewheeler was on our bucket list and it did not disappoint… The Murray is a picturesque river and there was plenty to see travelling at 10 kilometres, with high coloured cliffs much of the way. [The] offshore guided and self-explore activities were varied. The captain and crew were outstanding [and] willing to answer questions. The jokes brought many laughs and [there was] a good selection of food, with the captain’s seafood dinner drawing a long applause when the shutters went up. We enjoyed the whole of this trip.”

Spend afternoons relaxing in the lounge of the PS Murray Princess. Source: Supplied

Catering for just 120 passengers, it’s considered a small cruising experience of Australia’s country regions. And this year the Travel at 60 team has not one but two community cruises for over-60s organised on the Murray Princess paddlewheeler.

The first takes place in May and includes a Murray River cruise through ancient gorges and red gum forests, past towering sandstone cliffs and historic ports, to local vineyards and spectacular nature trails. Then, to finish, there’s accommodation and sightseeing in Adelaide, plus a full day indulging in the food and wine of the Barossa region – a perfect way to cap off a South Australian experience.

The second trip takes a similar route, with a cruise aboard the Murray Princess to country towns including Swan Reach and Younghusband and an on-land experience out to the Barossa Valley – including a visit to the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre.

Both getaways include meals, select activities and entertainment.

If you’re in need of some rest and rejuvenation, click here for more information about these two outstanding Murray River community holidays.

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