5 Animals You’ll Encounter on Murray River Safari
Murray River Safari is a brand new experience for lovers of wildlife and bird encounters. We designed this tour after feedback from our guests on Murray River Walk who commented that they’d like to experience canoeing as well more time relaxing on the houseboat while it’s cruising.
A Wildlife Journey
Murray River Safari is a short 3 day 2 night tour that combines canoeing, walking, river cruising and a bus tour. All activities help you encounter a range of wildlife & birdlife on the Murray River at times of the day when they are most active.
Your wildlife journey begins when you’re introduced to the Murray River at the iconic Headings Cliffs enroute to your houseboat. Standing at the lookout, you can see far over the floodplains where you will spend a morning birdwatching on Calperum Station.
There are many opportunities for animal encounters on this tour and here are 5 common species we expect to see during this 3 day wildlife journey
An Australian Icon, Kangaroos are common on the floodplains of Calperum Station and they can be seen bouncing by in mobs during our bus tour of the in-land lakes and Malle bush drive. We see Red Kangaroos and Western Grey’s mostly and sometimes, Euros which are slightly more ‘scruffy’ and muscly species. Kangaroos can be seen drinking from the river's edge during our sunset canoeing tour where they quietly sneak down to the water when they suspect no one else is watching.
Image: Phoebe Smith
A large tree-climbing reptile, sometimes you can walk right under a goanna and not notice them perched high in the treetops! Goannas are more common during the warmers months and we do sometimes see them walking from tree to tree before they swiftly climb to their new vantage point.
These beautiful reptiles are not to be feared, and the best time to see them is on our afternoon cultural walk with the Aboriginal Rangers from Calperum Station.
The masters of stealth, the presence of Echidnas are often seen along the sandy banks of the river. They like to dig in the soft earth hunting for ants and if you look carefully into their diggings, you’ll see a very small hole that looks a bit like someone has poked their finger into the sand.
This is where their beak has poked into the ground to collect delicious ants. Sunset is the best time for Echidna viewing, if you’re quiet, you’ll be rewarded with a sighting.
4. Brush-tailed Possum
A lover of the night, the possum is best seen on our nocturnal walks after dinner. Your guides will help you spot possums as they leave their tree hollows in search of food. While out searching the treetops for possums, when the canopy clears, the starry night sky is easy to see.
We have some of the darkest skies over the Murray River and with your guides, you can spot many constellations.
Image: E Moore
Most often we hear frogs rather than see them, but during the changing of the seasons, frogs can be seen on the windows of the houseboat at night! Enticed from the reeds lining the riverbank by the bugs who are drawn to the interior lights, Peron’s Tree Frogs will climb up the outside walls of the houseboat and into prime position for a feast!
Other frogs we might hear during the guided canoeing include Banjo Frogs and Southern Bell Frogs. Your guides have handy apps on their smartphones which can help you identify the sounds hear in the field.
Image: Asha Moore
Join us on a murray river safari
Our Murray River Safari tours are short, 3 days and 2 nights, and depart on Tuesdays and Fridays from March through to November each year.
Tours depart from Renmark in South Australia, flights are available into Adelaide airport.
As with all our tours, nightly accommodation is on board a comfortable houseboat and you will be accompanied by 2 friendly guides.
Other activities on this tour include a cultural walk with Aboriginal Rangers from Calperum Station, a guided sunset canoe through Woolenook Bend, and a tour and tasting at the Woolshed Brewery.
The next tours depart beginning March 2020 - view these dates by clicking HERE.