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Murray River Safari

Murray River Safari

  • Available from: March 01 2021 - November 30 2021
  • Available from: March 01 2022 - November 30 2022

From: $1,360 USD

Duration: 3 days/2 nights

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: Friday

Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.

Explore the most picturesque sections of Australia's greatest river, combining the comforts of houseboat accommodation with a multi-activity guided wildlife safari.

  • Spot Koalas, Kangaroos, Australian Pelicans, Royal Spoonbills, Black Swans and Darters from the comfort of a private pontoon cruiser.

  • Canoe through tranquil backwaters teeming with birdlife including ducks, darters, cormorants, kites and parrots, along with the opportunity to spot Western Grey Kangaroos and Lace Monitors.

  • Take guided walks through majestic River Red Gum forests, mallee woodlands and across dramatic cliff tops, home to Wedge-tailed Eagles, honeyeaters, parrots and migratory Rainbow Bee-eaters.

  • Learn about the important conservation efforts at Calperum Station whilst exploring vast ephemeral lakes, providing habitat for over 180 bird species, including Pied Stilts, Red-necked Avocets, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Blue-billed ducks, Musk Ducks and other migratory waders.

About Murray River Safari: 

Murray River Safari was founded by proud Riverland locals and passionate Murray River champions, Tony & Susie Sharley in 2020. Raising the profile and advocacy for Australia’s greatest river is central to the organisation's mission, through sharing the stories of the region's wildlife, landscapes, history, culture, people and environmental challenges. Recently, the team has established the Murray River Trails Fund, supporting organisations at the forefront of improving the region’s biodiversity, river floodplain health and status of threatened species in the region.

Price per person based on twin share houseboat accommodation, including touring & meals. Single supplements apply. Black-out dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/4/2021) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details.*


Tour day-by-day

  • Day 1: River Cruising, Canoeing & Nocturnal Walk

    Guests will be met by the guide team in the town of Paringa, where after a brief introduction, the group will board a roomy pontoon cruiser to commence an exploration of the Murray River's fascinating natural, indigenous and pioneer history. There are abundant opportunities to spot Australian Pelicans, Australasian Darters, Black Swans, Yellow-billed Spoonbills and a colony of wild Koalas on this private cruise. 

    Upon being welcomed at the houseboat, the group will enjoy a specially curated lunch before departing on a guided canoe adventure, through incredibly picturesque meandering creeks and serene backwaters that make up the Riverland Ramsar Wetland of International Significance. This provides a perfect opportunity to silently approach wildlife on the river's edge, with Western Grey Kangaroos, Lace Monitors, cormorants, darters, ducks, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Yellow Rosellas and Mallee Ringnecks all sighting opportunities as twilight approaches.

    Returning back to the houseboat, guests can enjoy a hot spa on the top deck overlooking the river at sunset, enjoying the harmonious calls of Whistling Kites soaring above. After a delicious three-course meal showcasing local produce paired with local wines, guides will take guests on a nocturnal walk, stargazing at constellations in the night sky, spotting Brush-tailed Possums and occasionally Tawny Frogmouths.

    Accommodation: Houseboat

  • Day 2: Guided Morning Clifftop Walk & Ephemeral Lakes Nature Drive

    After a nourishing breakfast, guests will be led by expert guides for a morning clifftop walk to witness the spectular landscapes and contrasting colours of the riverine habitat. There may be opporutunities to spot  Wedge-tailed Eagles, Red-capped Robins, Gilbert's Whistlers, honeyeaters, Migratory Rainbow Bee-eaters, Emus and Mulga, Red-rumped, Mallee Ringneck and Blue Bonnet Parrots.

    Returning to the houseboat for lunch, guests will have time to relax before heading out for an exploration of the region's spectacular ephemeral lakes and the Australian Landscape Trust's Calperum Station, where spectacular birdwatching can include Black swans and their cygnets, Pied Stilts, Red-necked Avocets, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Blue-billed and Musk ducks as well as other migratory waders. White-winged Fairy-wrens, White-winged Trillers, Swamp Harriers and Whistling Kites may also be spotted in this area and an occasional Wedge-tailed and White-bellied Eagles may visit.

    Following nature drives through this spectacular conservation area, guests can take in the sunset from the top deck spa with sundowners, before a locally-focused three-course meal completes this epic day.

    Accommodation: Houseboat

  • Day 3: Red Gum Creek Cruise

    Awake to the glorious dawn chorus and aromas of fresh coffee to awaken you from a restful sleep on the river. Guests will enjoy a hearty breakfast whilst peering out at the sunlight radiating on the cliffs and spectacular reflections across the mighty Murray. Guests can go on an exploration of the riverbank to explore native plants and wildlife or take photographs at their own pace, before the group will enjoy a leisurely cruise passing spectacular red-ochre cliffs to the lunch destination on the river.

    A delicious lunch prepared by your guides and served on the top deck of the houseboat provides a final opporutnity to savour the spectacular river vistas, before guests arrive at the final destination at Paringa for transfers further afield.

    Lodge-style Houseboat Accommodation

    Murray River Safari is a houseboat based experience, allowing the group to be moored in spectacular locations along the river for lunch, superb sunsets and dinners each evening. The houseboat consists of 5 bedrooms (each room sleeps 2 people), 2 bathrooms with hot showers, a spacious lounge, a modern kitchen and a top deck area with hot spa and stunning views.

    Houseboats are the perfect option for ecologically-minded travellers, maintaining a low impact activity on the river system. Groups abide by a ‘leave no trace’ policy and all waste is taken onshore to be composted, recycled or disposed of appropriately.

    Houseboat Accommodation

    Key Details

    Shared Group Size: Maximum of 10 guests, with two guides accompanying guests on the Safari.
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Safari journeys depart from Paringa (5 minutes from Renmark).
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Approximately 10:00am on Day 1 and 2:00pm on Day 3.

    Responsible Tourism

    As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a Code Of Practice relating to our wildlife interactions which is available for your reference. We have also sought independent verification of our practices through Ecotourism Australia. Our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to a select number of Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

    Recent Awards

    WINNER Hall of Fame & Winner South Australian Tourism Award Ecotourism 2019
    WINNER South Australian Tourism Award Ecotourism 2018 • 2017
    SILVER Australian Tourism Award Ecotourism 2017

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