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Discover some of South Australia’s gems, highlighting an exclusive culinary event with celebrity chef, Iain 'Huey' Hewitson, a PS Murray Princess river cruise & Barossa Valley tour.

Your marvellous land and river adventure begins in historic Adelaide, ‘the City of Churches.’ During your two-night hotel stay, you’ll relish a tour of the Barossa Valley, South Australia’s premium wine region and sampling award-winning wines produced here.  

Then embark on a ferry to Kangaroo Island, home to a plethora of nature-based activities. During a two-day tour of this wildly beautiful island, you’ll experience encounters with koalas, majestic birds of prey and the kangaroos the island is named after. You’ll also explore the island’s famed pristine landscapes, including the stunning beaches within Seal Bay Conservation Park and vast Flinders Chase National Park.

Next, embark the PS Murray Princess, where you’ll be indulged with an exclusive culinary experience hosted by one of Australia’s most beloved celebrity chefs, TV personality and author, Iain 'Huey' Hewitson. Enjoy personal interaction with Iain as he presents a live cooking demonstration dispensing invaluable insider tips followed by a Q&A session. Then savour a mouth-watering three-course dinner inspired by Iain’s pick of locally produced, seasonally fresh ingredients.  

Continue your captivating paddle-wheeler cruise along the Murray River, meandering through serene waters and the spectacular Riverland region, while admiring the ever-changing flora and fauna. Highlights of this enthralling three-night voyage include close encounters with river birdlife on board a ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat, a guided nature walk and sampling the Riverland’s delicious produce.

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Welcome aboard the PS Murray Princess

With all the character and charm of yesteryear, the PS Murray Princess is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere. Built specifically for the Murray River, this enchanting vessel offers a true authentic experience for anyone who cruises with her. Guests can expect a taste of a bygone era, with the grandeur and convenience of modern-day cruising. Accommodating up to 120 passengers, she evokes a sense of intimacy and offers passengers a unique river boat cruise experience through the captivating landscapes of Australia’s Outback. In addition to 60 rooms and suites, the vessel also has five passenger decks all named after the Murray River’s great pioneers, features include the dining room, a gym, gift shop, one bar and two lounges.

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Dining

Savour delicious seasonal menus utilising local produce in the single-sitting dining saloon. Enjoy special dining occasions, including the Farewell Captain’s Dinner and unique presentation of Riverland food and wines.

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On Board

Sit back and admire the majestic view of the paddlewheel in action, or nocturnal wildlife grazing at the riverbank under floodlight, from the two-storey viewing window in the lounge or catch the sun’s glorious rays from atop the sun deck.

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Experiences

Enjoy a variety of exciting off-ship tours that cover a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat and exploring the river birdlife on a Dragon-fly flat-bottomed boat, as well as scenic trips to Murray River Bridge and the historic Roundhouse.

Your 7 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

30 January 2023

Get acquainted with Adelaide’s vibrant culinary, art and cultural scene

Adelaide is known for its relaxed pace of life, culture, art, wineries and entertainment and with the captivating coastline within reach, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy a fabulous city break. The Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum offer insights into Australia’s natural and artistic heritage. Explore the city’s heart with a visit to Victoria Square, its vibrant 19th century Central Market literally ripples with energy, soak up the sun in historic Glenelg, or enjoy a walk along Port Adelaide where you could dip in to one of the many harbourside eateries.

bell  Overnight: Hilton Adelaide Hotel

Day 2

31 January 2023

Savour a marvellous tour of the Barossa Valley and its world-renowned wines

Relish an idyllic day out as you embark on a tour which will allow you to savour the tastes of the Barossa’s world-class wines and mouth-watering gourmet food. Enjoy superior flavours and chat with winemakers at Saltram Wine and Lambert Estate, with time for coffee and chocolate port on a sun deck afterwards. Following a delicious two-course lunch with tastings at Lambert Estate, you’ll travel to Mengler Hill Lookout for beguiling views of Barossa Valley. Finally, soak up the breathtaking sights of sprawling vineyards at the multi award-winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre and sample their superb wines.

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Day 3

1 February 2023

Discover Kangaroo Island, a pristine wilderness where native Australian wildlife thrives

Leaving Adelaide behind, you’ll embark on a ferry journey to Kangaroo Island to begin your two-day tour here. Kangaroo Island offers stunning scenery, crystal-clear waters and pristine wilderness inhabited by native Australian animals. First, you’ll visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery where you’ll take a guided walk before lunch. Next, you’ll enjoy a guided beach walk amongst Australian sea lions at the Seal Bay Conservation Park before reaching Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Create unforgettable memories as you spend time with koalas, hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies and learn more about endangered species.

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Day 4

2 February 2023

Continue your Kangaroo Island adventure, discovering the wild natural beauty and birdlife

Enjoy more of the attractions of this captivating island, beginning with a visit to Clifford’s Honey Farm where you’ll enjoy an informative talk and sample home-made honey ice cream. Next, you’ll head to the incredible Raptor Domain for an exciting “In-Flight” Birds of Prey display. Bring your day to a marvellous close at the Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for kangaroos, wallabies and koalas. Wander the raw and rugged coastline to Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch where you’ll savour fantastic photo opportunities of the breathtaking sea views. Later, you’ll return to Adelaide.

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Day 5

3 February 2023

Embark the PS Murray Princess and relish a unique culinary experience with celebrity chef host, Iain 'Huey' Hewitson

Today, embark the PS Murray Princess at Mannum and settle in for an unforgettable culinary experience with celebrity chef, restaurateur and author Iain 'Huey' Hewitson. Hosted exclusively on board, this memorable event comprises a mouth-watering three-course dinner specially created with local ingredients by Iain, including a live demonstration followed by your tasting. Elevate your own gastronomic skills by picking up insider tips and advice from your host; the memorable evening will be complemented with local beer and wine as inclusive.

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Day 6

4 February 2023

Explore Murray Bridge and the Roundhouse and savour the Riverland food and wine

In 1879, the first bridge to span the mighty Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing, which quickly became the bustling township of Murray Bridge. Following a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on a guided tour of Murray Bridge and explore the town’s historic Roundhouse. The unusual hexagonal-shaped heritage residence captures the history of this remarkable region and enhances magnificent views of the river. Back on board, you’ll enjoy a special presentation of the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland region and continue your journey upriver where you’ll moor at Salt Bush Flat.

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Day 7

5 February 2023

Enjoy a guided nature walk and discover the Murray River’s fascinating flora and fauna

This morning, you’ll enjoy a spot of exercise as you join your guide for a nature walk around the spectacular scenery of Salt Bush Flat, learning the secrets of the local flora and fauna. Back on board, you’ll head downriver to River View Lodge where you’ll embark on a wildlife tour. In small groups, you’ll wind through the maze of river on a ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat, observing the majestic river birdlife, including darters, herons and egrets, before enjoying an afternoon of bocce or fishing challenges. Savour a final night celebration at the lively farewell Captain’s Dinner and Dance.

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Day 8

6 February 2023

Disembark the PS Murray Princess and transfer to the airport to fly home

After disembarking the PS Murray Princess at Mannum, your delightful adventure across land and river concludes and you’ll transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

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Your Hotel Stays

Hilton Adelaide Hotel
★★★★★

Centrally located in the heart of Adelaide’s entertainment and shopping districts, the Hilton Adelaide overlooks Victoria Square and rubs shoulders with Adelaide's Central Market. The spacious and contemporary-styled guestrooms and suites offer views either east towards the Adelaide Hills, or west towards the Bay. Signature restaurant Coal Cellar + Grill highlights the best of South Australia’s produce with a modern grill menu and boasts a wine cellar with over 500 labels, while the Collins Bar serves bespoke cocktails in a sleek 1920s-inspired setting. Unwind further at the heated outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness centre, tennis court and jogging track.

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
★★★★

Designed to blend with its natural surroundings, Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge peacefully rests in bushland fronting American River Bay, surrounded by birds, trees and wildlife. The 38 comfortably appointed accommodations offer either pool or ocean views and all feature large windows that fill the living spaces with natural light. Award-winning Reflections Restaurant presents a seasonal menu showcasing some of the region’s finest produce, seafood and wines, with an option of dining under the stars, while the lounge-bar tempts with an alfresco terrace or open fireplace within. Facilities extend to an outdoor saltwater pool, tennis court and gardens to glimpse rare black cockatoos.

Touring Experiences

Dinner with Iain 'Huey' Hewitson

On board the PS Murray Princess, you’ll be treated to a unique culinary experience hosted by one of Australia’s most beloved celebrity chefs: TV personality and author, Iain 'Huey' Hewitson, best-known for his entertaining cooking segments on day-time TV. Iain’s preference for cooking anywhere but the kitchen has become his trademark. At this exclusive event, enjoy personal interaction with Iain as he presents a live cooking demonstration dispensing invaluable insider tips followed by a Q&A session. Then savour a sublime three-course dinner inspired by Iain’s pick of locally produced ingredients, chosen for their seasonal freshness, complemented with local beer and wine.

Kangaroo Island

A 50-minute drive northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is an internationally acclaimed wine producing region, established around 160 years ago, garnering its fame from seven generations of local grape cultivators and winemakers. The succession of high-profile wineries here, boasting some of the oldest vines in the world, offer tours and cellar-door tastings for their award-winning wines. Shiraz grapes are the local speciality. The region encompasses the towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa and the quaint stone cottages and Lutheran churches here are testament to a 19th-century wave of German settlers.

Barossa Valley

You’ll embark on a tour to South Australia’s premium wine region to sample some of the Barossa’ Valley’s finest wines. Soak up the breathtaking sights of sprawling vineyards with a stop at the multi award-winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, where you’ll sample delicious wines and enjoy a walking tour. Next, you’ll travel to Mengler Hill Lookout for beguiling views of the valley before continuing on to Saltram Wine Estate for a further wine-tasting tour.

Your Holiday Summary

Hotel Stays

  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Adelaide with breakfast
  • 1 night four-star hotel stay in Kangaroo Island with breakfast and lunch

Exclusive Event

  • Exclusive culinary demonstration by Iain 'Huey' Hewitson on board PS Murray Princess including:
  • Q&A with Iain 'Huey' Hewitson and 3-course specialty dinner
  • Insider tips on how to prepare this meal and why he chose it

River Cruise

  • 3 night Murray River cruise on board PS Murray Princess with all meals and sightseeing
  • Tour of Murray River Bridge and historic Roundhouse
  • Take a guided nature walk of Salt Bush Flat
  • Taste Riverland food and wine
  • Dragon-fly flat-bottomed boat wildlife tour

Fully Escorted Barossa Valley Tours

  • Full day Barossa Valley tour with lunch and wine tastings including:
  • Talk and Tastings at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop
  • Saltram Wine Estate
  • Lunch and Wine tasting at Lambert Estate
  • Visit to Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
  • Photo Stop at Menglers Hill Lookout
  • Vineyard Tour & Wine Tasting at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre

Fully Escorted Kangaroo Island Tours

  • 2 day Kangaroo Island tour including:
  • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery  
  • Clifford's Honey Farm
  • In-Flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park guided beach walk 
  • Lunch at Emu Bay Lavender Farm
  • Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
  • Flinders Chase National Park

All flights, taxes & transfers

Prices

7 Nights |  Departing 30 January 2023

Departing

Melbourne

Inside

$2,899pp

Outside

$3,399

Stateroom

$4,199

Departing

Perth

Inside

$3,199pp

Outside

$3,699

Stateroom

$4,499

Departing

Brisbane

Inside

$3,099pp

Outside

$3,599

Stateroom

$4,499

Departing

Sydney

Inside

$2,999pp

Outside

$3,499

Stateroom

$4,299