MURRAY RIVER BOAT RAMBLE
19 February to 1 March 2021 - Only 2 cabins left!
AU$ 3,950 per person twin share, for 10 nights

Investigate the diverse history of the area beginning with the famous historic Port of Echuca. Formerly the largest inland port in Australia, it is an excellent starting point for exploring the Murray River.

After three nights in the hotel in Moama, enjoying all that the twin towns offer, we will board the recently refurbished river boats. The next seven days we explore the river, mooring on the banks under the river red gums in secluded bush settings and spying birds and animals in natural habitats. Welcome dinner at the oldest pub in Echuca, Perricoota Station, the Barmah wetlands and the Torrumbarry Weir excursions are all included in the itinerary.

Here’s how it works

Small group comfort
The boats vary but once aboard you will experience freedom, style and comfort on the Murray. All have king or queen beds in 4 double cabins with private facilities. An open plan dining, lounge and kitchen is complimented by fixtures and fittings including all the modern conveniences of a luxury apartment. The outdoor areas are as spacious as any luxury apartment on Sydney Harbour and the Jacuzzi on the top deck is the icing on the cake. Canoes and paddle boards are optional extras

Your hosts
Your Mariner hosts, the Joyce team, will rely on the assistance and knowledge of the experienced staff at the base. Local chef, Paul Jarman, who in addition to organising most of the dinners in the itinerary, has offered to be in touch with our group along the way to assist should we require any extras. Although the river winds over a large area we are never far from assistance at the base.

Life on board
The river boats are spacious and stable. The equipment on board includes a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, modern oven and huge fridge/freezer. Storage is organised and generous. Eight seater dining table, super comfortable lounge setting, HD LCD TV and sound system completes the living area. The outside area is spacious and includes cooking facilities, bar fridge and sound system, dining table and two sun lounges. The top deck is part shaded.

Your travelling companions
Every group is different, but typically you’ll find your co-travellers will be aged between 40 and 65, enjoy keeping active, love the ocean, have a sense of adventure, love fine foods, an occasional glass of wine, and a good chat

Flexible joining options

Travelling by yourself or with a friend/partner? Book a cabin!
$3,950 per person, twin share

Travelling with a group? Book a boat!
From $3,550 per person, with 8 people sharing

Sailing Itinerary

Friday, 19 February
Arrive Moama and proceed to the Bridges on Meninya Hotel where accommodation is included for three nights. Enjoy the weekend exploring all that the twin towns have to offer with your 3 Day Echuca Pass.

Saturday, 20 February
In the morning depart for Heathcote, reputed to be Australia’s premier wine district. Included on the day is visit to the Jasper Hill Winery for a tasting, then onto the Sanguine Hill Winery where you’ll enjoy a light lunch and another tasting. Return to Echuca mid afternoon.

Sunday, 21 February
Sleep in or spend the morning exploring before joining a 12.30pm departure from Echuca on the Emmylou, an authentic paddle steamer that will take you back to bygone days on the Murray. A light lunch will be served before returning to port at 2.30pm.

In the evening join us for the Ramble Welcome Dinner at Henry’s Bridge Hotel, the oldest pub in Echuca where Paul Jarman, the maître d’hotel, will be ready to impress.

Monday, 22 February
Morning free. In the afternoon transfer to the river boat moorings. Comprehensive crew briefing upon embarkation. A casual dinner on shore by Chef Paul Jarman is included.

Tuesday, 23 February
Cruise down river to Mile 1661. Self-cater on board but we can organise a takeaway from town if ordered in advance.

Wednesday, 24 February
Spend the day a lazy day cruising and moor at Perricoota Station for the night. Perricoota Station was first a pastoral lease, then a citrus orchard with a ‘village’ post office and butcher shop. The original packing shed is now a function centre. Dinner with live music is included.

Thursday, 25 February
We’ll leave our boats at Perricoota Station and transfer to the Torrumberry Weir and Interpretative Center. We will return in time to cruise to tonight's berthing. Join us ashore for a casual dinner ashore on us.

Friday, 26 February
Today we’ll transfer by road to the Cape Horn Winery and enjoy wine tasting and a Pizza lunch before returning to the boats for a self-catered evening.

Saturday, 27 February
Cruise upstream and transfer by bus to the Barmah Wetland. Enjoy a Kingfisher Cruise through this World Heritage listed area. Join us for ashore side BBQ on us.

Sunday, 28 February
Cruise back to the base. Final night dinner and entertainment is included: a very special final night dinner under the stars

Monday, 29 February
Disembark in the morning and transfer to the carpark to continue your journey onward or home.

Whats included?

• Three nights’ accommodation twin share room only
• Three day Echuca Pass (see below for inclusions)
• Six dinners and one lunch as shown in the itinerary
• Assistance with provisioning prior to and during the ramble
• Excursion to Torrumbarry Weir with transfer
• Excursion to Cape Horn Winery with transfer
• Excursion to Barmah Wetlands with transfer
• MBH hosting
• 24/7 technical support
• Free parking for the duration of the charter
• Fuel
• All linen is provided

Echuca Pass includes entry to:
• The National Holden Museum
• Echuca Historical Museum
• Whistle Stop Art Gallery
• The Foundry Art Gallery
• The Echuca Gin Distillery
• Tasting at St Anne’s Winery
• Port of Echuca Guided Tour

Plus
• Saturday Wine Tour - includes tastings at 2 wineries and light lunch
• Sunday cruise onboard Emmylou Paddle Steamer - includes light lunch

Additional costs

• Food and beverages not mentioned in inclusions, i.e. breakfast, lunch, snacks.
• Transfers other than those included with the excursions.
• Flights
• Car hire

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is recommended by Mariner Boating Holidays. Travellers should ensure they have a valid policyat time of booking.

Please Note

• A non-refundable deposit of AU$500 per person is required to confirm a booking
• Credit card transactions are subject to merchant fees
• Single supplement may apply for private cabins
• Prices are correct at the time of issue but subject to change without notice (September 2020)

If government intervention due to the Covid19 pandemic prevents the event being held then all money received will be refundable in full. Alternatively the money held can be credited in full to future MarinerBoating events planned for July 2021 and February 2022.

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