Great Mur­ray cruise on a lux­ury pad­dle steamer

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - Holidays For Seniors Feature -

TAKE an amaz­ing jour­ney on the PS Mur­ray River Queen as it cruises the ma­jes­tic river.

From the pre­his­toric lime­stone cliffs with their re­minders of the an­cient in­land sea to the Dreamtime of our ear­li­est in­hab­i­tants; through the roar­ing days of the in­land pad­dlesteamer trade, right up to the locks and weirs and ir­ri­gated vine­yards of to­day, the only con­stant is the rugged beauty of the Aus­tralian bush and the bird and wildlife.

Built in 1974, PS Mur­ray River Queen com­bines the charm and ro­mance of a by­gone era with all the mod­ern com­forts of to­day.

She pro­vides a range of en­suite ac­com­mo­da­tion from tra­di­tional cabins for the bud­get-con­scious, through to ex­ec­u­tive cabins and state rooms.

She also has a large din­ing room, aft lounge, two bars, al­fresco din­ing area, com­mu­nal lounge and sun­deck.

The PS Mur­ray River Queen of­fers peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the breath­tak­ing Mur­ray River en­vi­ron­ment, view the lo­cal wildlife and sam­ple the best re­gional wine and food on of­fer.

All meals are in­cluded in the price.

The in­ter­na­tional chef on board is renowned for his abil­ity to trans­form the fab­u­lous lo­cal pro­duce into a de­li­cious and mouth-wa­ter­ing menu.

Also in­cluded in the price are live en­ter­tain­ment ev­ery night, a guided tour of Cob­dogla steam mu­seum, guided eco­log­i­cal tours, wine tast­ing and wet­lands walk at Ban­rock sta­tion, talks on the Mur­ray pad­dlesteamer his­tory by the cap­tain and se­cure locked park­ing for your ve­hi­cle.

The PS Mur­ray River Queen de­parts from the his­toric fruit­grow­ing town of Waik­erie, about two hours drive from Ade­laide or 2½ hours from Mil­dura. There is also a reg­u­lar bus ser­vice from those lo­ca­tions to Waik­erie. The com­pany can or­gan­ise travel ar­range­ments to and from Waik­erie.

More: Phone (08) 8541 4411 or email of­fice@mur­rayriverqueen.

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