Outside Cabins open onto the outside deck and have picture windows. Each cabin has a private ensuite, air-conditioning, electric blankets, soaps, shampoo and towels and are serviced daily. Each cabin is approximately 12 sq metres. Most rooms have twin beds. A $60 per cabin per night surcharge applies for cabins with a double bed, subject to availability. Single/Sole Occupancy cabins may be smaller than standard twin rooms.
Wayne Horsburgh is one of Australia’s most successful country music entertainers. Influenced by Slim Whitman and Frank Ifield, his style of yodelling is a real crowd pleaser. Originally from Benalla, Wayne moved to Sydney in 1979 to expand his music career and also tour the world. For 25 years Wayne spent part of each year in the USA, sharing stages at Festivals and Fairs with some of country music’s biggest stars, including Merle Haggard, The Statler Brothers, and Mickey Gilley. Wayne has released 34 albums.
John was a secondary school music teacher for 23 years (taught Kylie Minogue). He and his twin brother, Graeme, perform as The Howie Brothers. John has been leading successful music tours & music cruises for 25 years
Gill Delaney (accordion/ukulele/mouth organ player from Wangaratta) has played in dance bands most of her life, and knows a million tunes! She will be coming on the tour as a musician and assistant tour manager, as long as we get sufficient bookings. She will be involved in lots of fun-filled informal music sessions with the tour group.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Monday 5 September, 2022 Adelaide/Mannum/Embarkation
Depart Adelaide downtown at 10am. We will also do a pickup from Adelaide airport at 10.30am (please allow adequate time to collect your luggage prior to departure). We will spend some time in Hahndorf, on the outskirts of Adelaide. Hahndorf was established in 1839, by German immigrants, and the village still has a distinctly German flavour. Continue on to Mannum, arriving mid-afternoon. We board the PS Murray Princess and head upriver. Evening: Enjoy a Welcome Aboard dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Caurnamont, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and other species. The resident on-board entertainer will provide entertainment. Hopefully we can organise for Wayne Horsburgh to sing a few songs. (D)
DAY 2 Tuesday 6 September, 2022 Blanchetown
Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch as we cruise upriver to Blanchetown. We will travel through one of 13 locks that maintain the flow and levels of water in the lower reaches of the Murray River. Afternoon: We moor opposite the town of Blanchetown (our overnight anchorage). As the last rays of the sun fade we visit Burk Salter Boutique Winery, for wine tasting. Evening: After dinner enjoy the ‘Murray River Cup’ (fun-filled local version of the Melbourne Cup). (B,L,WineTasting,D)
DAY 3 Wednesday 7 September, 2022 Swan Reach/Sunnydale
After breakfast cruise to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area. The region is now home to native flower and fruit growers. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel, where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River. Join a walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation at entry). After lunch cruise downriver. Enjoy the tranquillity as the landscape slides by. When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show, where we take in some typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter, where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. Evening: For dinner, enjoy a great Aussie Barbecue – cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. After dinner there are two optional onshore tours to choose from (additional cost): (1) a Nocturnal Tour in a comfortable purpose-built cart, where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls, & (2) the Dark Sky Night Tour, where you are taken to an internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserve to observe the stars of the Milky Way. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 Thursday 8 September, 2022 Younghusband
After breakfast we slowly cruise downriver, past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. Visit Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites. Step back in time – tens of thousands of years – as you enjoy a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and learn about the area’s aboriginal history. Return to the vessel and cruise downriver to Younghusband. Evening: Enjoy a delicious dinner followed by an informal music session led by Wayne Horsburgh, John Howie & Gill Delaney. All guests are encouraged to join in. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 Friday 9 September, 2022 Disembarkation/Victor Harbor
Depart Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we say farewell to the PS Murray Princess, and board our coach. Today we make our way to the coastal town of Victor Harbor, on S.A.’s beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. On the way we will stop in Murray Bridge and Strathalbyn. In Murray Bridge, visit the Round House. Built for Henry Parker, the superintendent overseeing construction of the first bridge to span the Murray River, the Round House has also served as the town’s first school, post office, church and council chambers. We then visit the historic town of Strathalbyn (established 1839). This town is known for its charming main street filled with antique shops. In 1975 street scenes for the film Picnic at Hanging Rock were filmed in the town. On arrival in Victor Harbor, we will ride the historic Victor Harbor horse drawn tram across the Causeway to Granite Island. Evening: Enjoy a pizza/pasta dinner at one of Victor Harbor’s outstanding Italian restaurants. We will be entertained by excellent piano accordion duo, The Sopranos (The Accordion Boys). Overnight: Hotel Victor, Victor Harbor. (B,D)
DAY 6 Saturday 10 September, 2022 Victor Harbor
Morning: Visit the excellent Victor Harbor Farmers’ Market. Then enjoy a fabulous journey on the Cockle Train, which travels between Victor Harbor and Goolwa. It travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia, dating back to 1887, when it was constructed to provide a link between the Murray River (at Goolwa) and the ocean wharfs at Port Elliot and later Victor Harbor. In early days of settlement the local residents would take a horse drawn train from the Victor Harbor/Port Elliot area to Goolwa to collect cockles from the sandy beaches near the Murray mouth. It was a great day’s outing, and thus the name….Cockle Train. Between Victor Harbor and Port Elliot the train climbs to the top of the coastal cliffs and passengers experience some of the most spectacular scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula. We will spend some time in Goolwa, so you can explore this historic and picturesque river port town. Mid-afternoon: Free time, in Victor Harbor. Evening: Enjoy an exclusive concert by Wayne Horsburgh. (B)
DAY 7 Sunday 11 September, 2022 Kangaroo Island
This morning we will catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island, the third-largest island off the coast of mainland Australia. Kangaroo Island is a haven for wildlife and features magnificent scenery, including sweeping white-sand beaches and giant wind-sculpted boulders. On arrival enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of the island, including the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, in Flinders Chase National Park. Near the Arch, at Cape du Couedic, we will see where thousands of New Zealand fur seals congregate on the beach, entertaining everybody with their antics on land and in the water. Also visit Kingscote, the main town on the island and the first white settlement in South Australia. Evening: Enjoy a relaxing evening in Kingscote. Overnight: Seaside Inn, Kingscote. (B)
DAY 8 Monday 12 September, 2022 Kangaroo Island
Today we visit the south coast of Kangaroo Island. Visit the outstanding Seal Bay Sea Lion Colony. Seal Bay has been home to an Australian sea lion population for thousands of years, and offers one of the most exceptional nature-based experiences in the world. View the sea lion colony and learn about their habitats. We will also visit Vivonne Bay. This beach, with its long stretch of sugary white sand & clear azure water, has been voted one of the best beaches in the world. We will also visit the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery & Café. Evening: Enjoy a concert by our host, Wayne Horsburgh. (B)
DAY 9 Tuesday 13 September, 2022 Adelaide
Morning: Travel back to the mainland by ferry. Afternoon: Visit McLaren Vale, one of Australia’s premier wine regions. Free time, for lunch & shopping, in McLaren Vale village. After lunch enjoy a guided tour & wine tasting at McLaren Vale’s famous d’Arenberg Cube, a spectacular 5 storey contemporary cellar door/art gallery building. We then proceed to our hotel, in North Adelaide. Evening: A free night for you to explore North Adelaide’s O’Connell Street shopping/restaurant precinct. You may like to attend one of Adelaide’s excellent folk music or Celtic music events. (John Howie will investigate the options and advise everybody.) Overnight: Comfort Inn Regal Park, Nth Adelaide. (B,WineTasting)
DAY 10 Wednesday 14 September, 2022 Adelaide
Morning: Sightseeing tour of Adelaide. See the Adelaide Cricket Ground, St Peter’s Cathedral, Colonel Light Statue, Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden, and Adelaide University. Our tour will include visits to the beachside suburbs of Glenelg and Semaphore, before visiting the colourful Adelaide Central Market, for lunch. Afternoon: Free time. Evening: Enjoy a special End of Tour Dinner. Entertainment will be provided by outstanding Adelaide Celtic/country band The Borderers. (B,D)
DAY 11 Thursday 15 September, 2022 Departure
After breakfast we are transferred to Adelaide Airport for flights back home.
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Tour deposit fully refundable up to 120 days prior to departure
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
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“One of the best tours we have ever done. Great program and lovely people.”
“Well organised tour that ran smoothly. Very impressed with Wayne Horsburgh, intelligent, talented and caring.”