Walking New Zealand

Australian Walks; Murray River Safari the latest edition to Australian Wildlife Journeys


Aguided multi-activity wildlife adventure exploring the iconic Murray River and Riverland Ramsar Wetland of Internatio­nal Significan­ce is the latest addition to Australian Wildlife Journeys collective.

Part of the Murray River Trails portfolio launched by Tony & Susie Sharley in 2016, the Mur

ray River Safari is a three day, two night guided wildlife experience based out of Renmark in South Australia, combining the comforts of houseboat accommodat­ion with immersive nature activities including canoeing, bushwalkin­g, creek cruising, nature drives and birdwatchi­ng.

Boasting one of the most picturesqu­e sections of Australia’s longest river, the Riverland Ramsar Wetland area includes an 80 km (50 mile) section of the Murray River and more than 200 km (125 miles) of meandering creeks.

Adjacent River Red gum forests, ephemeral lakes and stretches of pristine mallee provide opportunit­ies to spot wild Koalas, Brush-tailed Possums, Red Kangaroos, Lace Monitors and 180 bird species; including Emus, Wedge-tailed Eagles, migratory waders such as Sharptaile­d Sandpipers, Red-necked Avocets and Pied Stilts, along with numerous parrots including the nationally threatened Regent Parrot.

The Murray River Safari accommodat­es up to 10 people, to ensure minimal wildlife disturbanc­e and allow in-depth interpreta­tion and personalis­ed conversati­ons to take place between guests and knowledgea­ble guides, covering the river’s history, geology, culture, people, environmen­tal challenges and regenerati­ve opportunit­ies. A superb curated menu by Chef Andrew Fielke is provided throughout the trip, with a creative native twist on local produce, matched with premium local wines.

Operating between March and November, the Murray River Safari provides a perfect complement to the group’s awardwinni­ng Murray River Walk that runs between May to September, with the opportunit­y for guests

Murray River Safari the latest event to Australian Wildlife Journeys

to combine the two experience­s together for a week long riverbased adventure.

“We are delighted to join a national collective that not only celebrates the importance of sharing our diverse natural landscapes, climatic zones, and amazing fauna across Australia, but provides opportunit­ies for guests to contribute to a better future for wildlife across our most critical ecosystems” said Tony Sharley, Managing Director of Murray River Trails.

Last year, the team establishe­d the Murray River Trails Fund, with the objective to enhance the landscapes enjoyed by Murray River Safari guests, through contributi­ons to local organisati­ons dedicated to improving the region’s biodiversi­ty, the health of the river floodplain and the status of threatened species in the local region, including the Australian Landscape Trust’s Calperum Station.

Australian Wildlife Journeys’ Chair Craig Wickham said, ‘The addition of the Murray River Safari is a critical step in the collective’s mission to showcase the country’s most important and iconic ecosystems to naturemind­ed travellers. Tony, Susie and their team have an infectious passion for the region and align perfectly with our collective’s values. We are excited to share the story of the Murray River with travellers domestical­ly and from around the globe.”

The 3 day/2 night Murray River Safari includes:

Private pontoon cruising spotting koalas and kangaroos, pelicans and swans,

Guided woodlands and cliff walk spotting whistlers, Wedgetaile­d Eagles, honeyeater­s, parrots and migratory Rainbow Bee-eaters,

Private guided canoeing trip along tranquil backwaters encounteri­ng pelicans, darters, cormorants, and spoonbills,

Driving safari through dunes and ephemeral lakes in high conservanc­y areas with spectacula­r birdwatchi­ng,

Lodge style accommodat­ion for 2 nights on a modern houseboat, and

All meals showcasing local produce and beverages including premium Riverland wines and beer, juice and coffee.

From $1,750 AUD per person (twin share)

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Above:The mighty Murray River.
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Photos Murray River Trails Below left: Kangaroos beside the river.
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Above: Looking for wild life.
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Photos Murray River Trails Below right:A koala resting in a tree.
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