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by Gill Lockhart (subscribe)
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Published March 5th 2018
Because being on the water, just feels better
Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Murray River

At the weekend, my partner and I took a trip to River Gum Cruises, based in Waikerie and met James and Sandra who are exceptional hosts, offering a range of different cruises along the majestic limestone cliffs and glorious native gum and mallee trees lined along the gorgeous River Murray. Ranked as the TripAdvisor Number 1 things to do in Waikerie, it certainly lives up to the great reviews and was an afternoon to remember.

Rivergum Cruises Qatar Cruiser (Source: Rivergum Cruises Website)
Rivergum Cruises offer leisurely cruises in their luxurious vessel 'Qatar' (Source: Rivergum Cruises Website)


James and Sandra truly appreciate the river lifestyle and have raised their family in the Riverland, making the most of what it has to offer. Their boat, 'Qatar', is their pride and joy with years of hard work to make her into the luxurious 35-foot river cruiser that she is today.
Surveyed to carry 12 persons, the cruises on offer are intimate and make for a memorable journey as they share their love for the river.

Qatar in the making Rivergum Cruises
James and Sandra are more than happy to share their journey of the making of 'Qatar' whilst cruising along the River Murray (Source: Rivergum Cruises Website)


There are 9 different types of cruises available, allowing you to chose the cruise that interests you the most and how long you wish to enjoy the river for. There are also cruises joined with local wine tasting and meals or a visit to the Historic Overland Corner Hotel and museum.

We did the Yarra Cliffs Cruise which was a great insight into the Mighty River Murray and each cruise offers complimentary tea and coffee, along with a delicious local platter on board (the dried fruit was amazing) whilst you relax and take in the scenery. Local wines, beers and a range of other drinks are available to purchase from the licensed bar.

Short Cruises

Available throughout the week and weekends

Yarra Cliffs Cruise 2 Hours (approx.)

This most popular cruise is an upstream cruise taking in sights of the majestic limestone cliffs, wildlife, the 200-year-old canoe tree, ski beach then heading back soaking up the magnificent landscape and looking for kangaroos along the river banks.

Cost - $60 per adult, $50 per child

Ramco Redgum Cruise 2 Hours (approx.)

This downstream cruise takes in sights of the houseboat marina, whilst the Murray River shows off its delights of wildlife and majestic limestone cliffs, before turning around at Penns Reach to head back to Waikerie.

Cost - $60 per adult, $50 per child

Rivergum Cruise, River Murray, Limestone cliffs, Gumtrees
Enjoy the majestic limestone cliffs and gum trees along the River Murray (Source: Rivergum Cruises Website)


Broken Cliffs Cruise 3 Hours (approx.)

This slightly longer cruise heads downstream to enjoy the tranquillity of the Murray River, wildlife, houseboat marina and majestic limestone cliffs before turning around at Broken Cliffs to head back to Waikerie.

Cost - $90 per adult, $75 per child

Majestic limestone cliffs that line the River Murray
Majestic limestone cliffs are mesmerising along the River Murray (Source: Rivergum Cruises Website)


Sunset Cruise 2 Hours (approx.)

The Murray River is known for having some spectacular sunsets and what a way to enjoy it by cruising up and down the calm river waters. Cruises start at least an hour before sunset which you gives a chance to relax and unwind before taking in the breathtaking sunset scenery along the banks and limestone cliffs.

Cost - $60 per adult, $50 per child

River Murray Sunset
The River Murray is well known for having some of the most beautiful sunsets / CC0 Creative Commons


Day Cruises

Available weekends only with an option of being picked up and returned to local accommodation. All day cruises return to Waikerie in the Rivergum Shuttle Bus

Banrock Station Morning Cruise 8 hours (approx.) excursion

Take a morning leisurely cruise before disembarking at Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, where you can enjoy this beautiful winery and walks around the wetlands for 3 hours. Free wine tasting is available and a complimentary drink of your choice on arrival. You are welcome to purchase a delightful meal and local wines and ales from the winery and enjoy the self-guided walking trails around the wetland, mallee and flood plains, designed for all fitness levels.

Cost - $135 per adult

Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre
Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre with beautiful views (Source: Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre Website)


Caudo's Wine & Dine Morning Cruise 8 Hours (approx.) excursion

Enjoy the morning taking a cruise downstream through Lock 2, taking in views of the local vineyards, old distillery, wildlife and majestic limestone cliffs. Caudo's Vineyard overlooks the beautiful Murray River and once there, you can enjoy free wine tasting and purchase one of their local tasting platters to compliment their range of products. Why not also try their BBQ Grill for lunch, where you can turn your own meat to cook to your liking, whilst enjoying one of Caudo's famous Sangrias!

Cost - $125 per adult

Caudo Winey, Winey overlooking the River Murray
Take some time out at Caudo Winey with gorgeous views of the River Murray (Source: Caudo Vineyard Website)


Overland Corner Morning Cruise 8 Hours (approx.) excursion

Take in the abundance of wildlife, historic landmarks and majestic limestone cliffs along a morning cruise before disembarking at the Historic Overland Corner Hotel where you can enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival. You are welcome to purchase a delicious meal and try many of the local ales inside this 150-year-old historic building, or outside in their beautiful beer garden.

Cost - $145 per adult

Design Your Own Cruise

Why not choose your own itinerary along the River Murray? With plenty to see along the river, you could stop for a swim, take a fishing rod, have a picnic along the banks or just cruise up and down the river at a leisurely pace. James and Sandra offer different lunch menus and can cater for those special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and even wedding proposals! Twilight cruises are also available for those extra special events.

Minimum cruise time is 3 hours and maximum is 8 hours.

Cost from $250 depending on duration, food, drink and itinerary

Sunset onboard Qatar, Rivergum Cruises
Organise your own special cruise along the peaceful River Murray (Source: Rivergum Cruises Facebook Page)


Rivergum Cruises offer an online booking system that is easy to use and you can see the times and availability for each cruise. You can also ring them to discuss your own cruise itinerary and any extras you may want. Cruise Vouchers are also a great gift option and available online.

Don't miss this opportunity to really experience the River Murray and if you're still not convinced, check out the great reviews on their Facebook page.
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Why? A rememberable cruise to explore the River Murray
When: Weekdays and Weekends
Phone: 0477 333 896
Where: Leonard Norman Dr, Waikerie SA 5330
Cost: Varies depending on cruise
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Thanks for this great article! We loved having you on board and look forward to showing many more tourists our beautiful Murray River while cruising with us!
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