The Bush Dancers River Murray Trip January 2010

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The Bush Dancers display group Eight Day River Murray Discovery & South Australia Highlights Package from Sunday 3 January 2010.

Temperatures in the mid 40s every day, lovely warm nights and air conditioned cabins. Lots of dancing on the open top deck and the air conditioned dining room dance floor. Thanks to the musicians that made this trip unique. The river was visibly low due to prolonged drought, but nowhere near being a series of puddles as depicted by cartoonists in our city papers.

From the itinerary:

Five night wildlife expedition cruise onboard the Murray Expedition from Sturt Reserve Murray Bridge.

Sunday night dinner and cruise then tied up for a night of peace and tranquillity in the Australian bush. Monday morning picturesque Mannum and the ‘Olden Days, Olden Ways’ Museum. Cruise upstream past lovely Lake Carlet, peaceful Bow Hill and Purnong, Monday night moored at Walker Flat. Nocturnal coach tour and Wombat spotting.

Tuesday past Wongulla to the pioneering township of Swan Reach and then to Blanchetown. Evening cruise to Moorundie Creek then moored overnight on a beautiful beach amongst towering River Red Gums.

Wednesday environmental discovery walk of Moorundie Creek, including canoe trees. Cruise back downstream past magnificent lagoons teeming with birdlife, majestic cliffs reaching for the sky and spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. Afternoon tie-up alongside the towering cliffs of Big Bend. Guided cruise led by ecologist aboard a river tender through the lagoons and inlets. Sulphur Crested Cockatoos nesting in the cliffs. Traditional Australian barbecue on shore followed by live Aussie entertainment [and bush dancing] on a balmy summer evening.

Thursday sunrise and early departure to the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal conservation area site of Australia’s first Aboriginal Archaeological digs. Galleries of Cave Art, smoke stains from ancient fires and an excavated campsite of a civilisation over 8,000 years old. Afternoon arrival in Mannum and Captain’s Dinner five sumptuous courses.

Friday Many Ann Reserve and walking tour of Reedy Creek gorge – permanent watercourse, waterfalls, swamps and wetlands, then back to Murray Bridge and transfer to our 5 star hotel in Adelaide. Thanks to one of our number who shall remain unnamed that lead us to excellent value meals deep in the Casino.

Saturday Barossa Valley – the Whispering Wall, Angus Park Fruits, Maggie Beers Farm, wine tastings, tours, lunch at Kaesler’s Restaurant plus afternoon tea.

Sunday Adelaide and sad farewells. We drove home via Lake Charm, comfortable in the car but we did see one large temperature display in a car-park showing 50 degrees centigrade.

Summer in the Australian Bush, takes us back to those long hot summer holidays we enjoyed as kids.

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