Safari to River’s End

Experience one river, two contrasting landscapes, many stories.

A gentle river journey through the Australian outback to the Murray Mouth, 5 days and 4 nights immersed in nature on Australia’s iconic Murray River, staying in absolute river luxury.

This new tour extends our 3 days and 2 nights Murray River Safari with a further 2 nights in the famous Coorong and Murray mouth region. Magnificently capturing the landscapes and wildlife diversity, linking the wetlands in the Riverland to the wetlands of the Lower Lakes and Coorong, where the Murray mouth opens to the Southern Ocean. Birdlife abounds.

Meet Aboriginal elders and experience the Aboriginal dreaming and cultures along this meandering river as you journey from Erawirung Country to Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park en route to the Coorong in the heart of the Ngarrindjeri Nation.

Includes return transfers from Adelaide.

Dates 17, 24 March; 14, 21 April; 20, 27 October 2023
Duration 5 Days
Departure Point Adelaide, South Australia
Grade Relaxed, easy pace
Transfers Return from Adelaide Included
From $4,300 per person twin share
Accommodation Luxury Houseboat and Lodge
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The boat and location were both amazing and beautiful. Thank you for being able to see and experience the amazing Murray. Understanding more about the importance of the river flow and the surrounding wetland has really made me think more about the environment. The canoe trip was lots of fun and again a great opportunity to see the amazing Murray and tributaries.
Del, November 2022


Day 1: Welcome to the Murray River

Meet your driver 7:00AM at the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide’s CBD and board the bus for the journey from Adelaide to the Riverland, meeting your guides in Paringa for a cruise upstream familiarising with the river system and its wildlife. We arrive at your luxury houseboat for a delicious fresh lunch and short rest, before an afternoon walk through river country sharing stories of early river life. A relaxed dinner and conversations continue.


Day 2: Outback lakes tour and Canoeing

Today we drive around the vast outback lakes, home to migratory waders and teeming with birdlife, kangaroos and emus. We return to your houseboat for lunch before departing for a canoe along through the billabongs and forest edges.

Day 3: Houseboat cruise, driving to the Murray Mouth

We share a farewell cruise before you depart on a guided drive tour along the Murray Valley to the Murray Mouth, via a river ferry and a guided tour of Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Archaeological Cultural site, arriving luxurious River’s End Retreat overlooking the river’s end at Goolwa.

Day 4: Canoe the Coorong

Awake to spectacular views of Hindmarsh Island Bridge, good coffee and breakfast in readiness for a guided canoe adventure to the famous Coorong and Murray Mouth, learning about cultural stories, edible plants, diverse wildlife of a world where freshwater meets the sea. We return mid-afternoon after lunch with time for a restful retreat before a showcase of local food and wines.

Day 5: Beaches and barrages walk

This morning we visit Beacon 19 and traverse the sand dunes to the Southern Ocean for a quick stroll along the beach before arriving at the Goolwa barrage, to understand how water is managed along its journey from the mountains. Enjoy morning tea surrounded by the historical displays of the Basin’s rivers – returning once more to your retreat for a light lunch and departure to Adelaide where your driver will deliver you to the Hilton Hotel in the CBD or Adelaide Airport.


Luxurious Accommodation

During your Safari to River's End Experience, you'll sleep in the comfort of our luxury houseboat and in luxurious lodge accommodation.

You can learn more about the accommodation provided below.

Murray River Houseboat

Our newly launched, custom-designed luxury houseboat, High River, provides environmentally sustainable accommodation for Murray River Trail’s award-winning ecotourism experiences.
Dine and relax on this stunning houseboat which has 5 ensuite rooms and an open plan living area featuring 11m of glass windows, perfect for watching the change in scenery. Enjoy a hot spa on the spacious top deck as the sun sets or after dinner venture upstairs to watch the stars. Our houseboat has 52 solar panels providing quiet efficient energy.

Read more about our purpose built houseboat here.

River's End Retreat

River’s End Retreat is a luxury group retreat nestled in the crook of the final bend of the Murray before it joins the Coorong and rolls out to sea. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the river and the Hindmarsh Island bridge … and don’t lift a finger at this fully hosted experience.
The retreat boasts 5 spacious guest bedrooms (each with ensuite), a guest lounge, library, outdoor relaxation areas, historic stables, bocce piste and salt water heated pool – all for the group’s exclusive use.
Your day 3 tour will deliver you to the front door.

Ready to book?

With Transfers from Adelaide $4,300 per person
Single supplement applies for non shared rooms
To book, please call 0417 533 063 or email
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are your tours wheelchair accessible?

Please contact our Reservations Team to discuss your special needs.

The walking routes, houseboats and vehicles are not suitable for wheelchair access.

However, we can make accommodations for guests who can walk, but with low mobility. These guests can skip the walking route and remain on the houseboat while the group go out walking.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

At the time of booking a tour, consider an appropriate level of travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover. Please read the PDS and check the policy is right for you before making a purchase. Murray River Trails will not be held liable for any additional costs involved or for a partial refund of the tour costs if the tour is aborted or stopped by circumstances outside of our control.

Where do tours depart from?

Safari to River’s End journeys start at the Hilton Hotel on Victoria Square, conveniently located in Adelaide’s CBD. Our driver will collect you on the first morning of your tour and return you here on the final day.

What are the departure dates for Safari to River’s End?

Friday 17 March 2023

Friday 24 March 2023

Friday 14 April 2023

Friday 21 April 2023


How can I book the Safari to River’s End Experience?

Bookings can only be made by calling or emailing our office during business hours. Please email or call 0417 533 063

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