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Murray River Safari

Murray River Walk

  • Available from: May 03 2021 - September 21 2021

From: $1,949 USD

Duration: 4 days/3 nights

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: Monday and Tuesday

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

Discover the magic of Australia’s greatest river with this epic privately guided multi-day walking and houseboating adventure.

  • Small groups of maximum 10 guests and 2 guides, explore diverse and beautiful landscapes, sharing stories of the Murray River's Aboriginal culture, geology, wildlife, flora and environmental stewardship, before enjoying superb local food and award-winning wine in the evenings.

  • Venturing through sections of the Riverland Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, enjoy abundant opportunities to spot ducks, darters, egrets, spoonbills, cormorants, kites, parrots, Western Grey & Red Kangaroos, Wedge-tailed Eagles, honeyeaters and Red-capped Robins.

About Murray River Walk: 

Murray River Walk 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.*

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Day 1: Renmark to Headings Cliff (12 kilometres walking)

    After meeting your expert guides and fellow walkers in Renmark for a pre-walk briefing, guests will board a pontoon “cruiser” boat for a 14 kilometre (9 mile) cruise along the Murray River to the start of the walking route. This private cruise provides abundant opportunities to spot Australian Pelicans, Australasian Darters, Black Swans, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Whistling Kites and a colony of wild Koalas.

    Guides will share the story behind the World War II Japanese internment camp and cross creeks that feed the River Red Gum forests and box woodlands, before a gentle climb through the ochre cliffs, reveals a magnificent view of the vast Murray River floodplain that will surround you over the next three days. There may be opporutunities to spot Wedge-tailed Eagles, Red-capped Robins, Gilbert's Whistlers, Emus and Mulga, Red-rumped, Mallee Ringneck and Blue Bonnet Parrots.

    After taking in these breathtaking vistas, walkers will take a short transfer across the river in the cruiser to arrive to the houseboat – before a cool foot dip in the river or a hot spa followed by a three course dinner paired with local wines.

    Accommodation: Houseboat

  • Day 2: Headings Cliffs to Chowilla Creek (14 kilometres walking)

    Walkers will rise before the sun and walk a gentle slope to the rim of the Murray River valley for a spectacular sunrise to hear the dawn chorus, with numerous honeyeaters and Rufous and Gilbert's whistlers a highlight for birdwatchers. After enjoying some photographic opportunities and time to absorb the remarkable geological layers, guests will return to the houseboat for a hearty cooked breakfast.

    With the final destination of the day being the historic Chowilla Station shearing shed on the banks of the Murray River, the group will follow an ancient river oxbow, before exploring dense River Red Gum forest on the way to lunch on the river bank including Aboriginal Canoe trees. An exploration of Amazon Creek through Little Hunchee Island provides opportunities to see Sacred Kingfishers, numerous duck species, egrets, herons and Australian Pelicans, before meeting the creek cruiser which will transfer the group to the houseboat. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a local tasting plate before dipping feet in the refreshing waters of the Murray River.

    Accommodation: Houseboat

  • Day 3: Chowilla Creek to Bunyip Reach Cliffs (10 kilometres)

    After enjoying a tasty breakfast, the guides will provide a briefing on the Murray Darling Basin and the management of its network of rivers which drain 14% of Australia's land mass. The group will then cruise to the Chowilla Creek Environmental Regulator, to learn about environmental watering and new stewardship for the river, before setting off on the day's walk.

    The beautiful route along the Chowilla Creek will provide access to restored wetlands and the proposed site of the 1960’s Chowilla Dam. This is a prime opportunity to spot abundant birdlife before reaching the Queens Bend Cliffs lookout, before cruising to the houseboat as the late afternoon sun illuminates the red cliffs.

    Accommodation: Houseboat

  • Day 4: Bunyip Reach to Renmark

    Guests can enjoy an optional two kilometre walk along the river after breakfast, before cruising in a private pontoon boat through Lock 6. After rejoining the houseboat downstream, guests will cruise for two hours to the innovative Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, set in a 100 year old shearing shed on the banks of the river.

    Enjoy a tour with the head brewer before sitting down with guides to a fine barbecue before saying farewells to the group. Guests depart for Renmark by bus and arrive at the Renmark Hotel at 2.00 pm.

    Lodge-style Houseboat Accommodation

    Murray River Walk 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 three guides accompanying guests on this experience.
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Renmark Community Hotel
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Approximately 7:30am (Day 1) and 2:00pm (Day 4).

    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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