Owner/Operator of Kingfisher Cruises is Benita Cox. Benita has a double degree in Applied Science - Parks, Recreation & Heritage & Applied Science – Eco Tourism from Charles Sturt University. She is also a qualified Eco-guide.
The boat, M.V. Kingfisher is a very shallow draft twin-hulled vessel. The original Kingfisher was destroyed by arson in 2005.
The M.V. Kingfisher gliding up the Murray to welcome aboard the passengers.
The two hour cruise travels 8 kms along Murray River upstream from the Barmah Lake Day Visitors area. Most of the cruise is through what is known as the Barmah Choke, the narrowest section of the Murray between Albury and the ocean. The current there can run as high as seven kph, almost twice the Murray's normal current.
The cruise departs at 10.30 am every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $40-00 per person.
Bookings are essential and can be made by phone at 03 5855 2855 or email at, [email protected].
I have personally been on three Kingfisher cruises and each one was different. On one, when river levels were high we entered the Barmah Lake and spent some time slowly moving among the gums often within touching distance. It was a unique experience.
The Barmah Lake Day Visitor Area is 7 kms from the town of Barmah. Turn left at the Barmah Hotel.