Spirit Australia Cruises is a family owned business now into the third generation of Murray River Cruising.  The company is an accredited tourism business and is committed to tourism excellence.  

Our Murray River Cruises operate along the entire length of the Murray River between Goolwa SA and Albury NSW, otherwise known as the ‘Murray River Run’.  There is no better or more comfortable way to explore the Murray River than aboard a Spirit Australia Cruise.  From the moment you board one of our purpose built boats, you will be enchanted by the never ending but always changing scenery, the abundance of birdlife and wildlife, the history and stories, the captivating colours, moods, sounds and silences.

Unlike traditional cruise boats, Spirit Australia passengers do not stay on-board in cabins. Passenger accommodation is on-shore in comfortable en-suite riverside town hotels allowing time to explore a different riverside town most evenings.
We mostly cruise one way, with coach return to port of origin to maximise distance cruised and minimise duplication of scenery.  Our boats are therefore smaller, allowing access to unique untravelled waters and offering a more personalised and small group cruising experience. Our captains also offer expert and entertaining commentary on the stories and history of the Murray River.

We also cruise the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria.  A unique opportunity to explore the 7 Rivers, 4 Channels, 3 Lakes, 2 Straits & islands that inter-connect to make up the fascinating and diverse waterways, with a small group cruise all the way from SALE to LAKES ENTRANCE.

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Upcoming Cruises

Goolwa to Mildura8 Days/7 NightsDeparts Adelaide:
9th September 2019
Renmark to Goolwa5 Days/4 NightsDeparts Goolwa:
20th September 2019
5 Rivers Outback Safari6 Days/5 NightsDeparts Adelaide:
23rd October 2019
Wellington to Border Cliffs5 Days/4 NightsDeparts Wellington:
5th April 2019
31st March 2020
Source to the Sea8 Days/7 NightsDeparts Melbourne:
30th October 2019
Albury to Echuca6 Days/5 NightsDeparts Albury:
4th November 2019
11th November 2019
18th November 2019
Echuca to Mildura8 Days/7 NightsDeparts Echuca:
25th November 2019
Brisbane - Gold Coast6 Days/5 NightsDeparts Brisbane (Hamilton):
25th April 2020
3th May 2020
9th May 2020
Myall Lakes 6 Days/5 NightsDeparts Karuah:
7th March 2020
13th March 2020
18th March 2020
Gippsland Lakes6 Days/5 NightsDeparts Sale:
28th January 2020
7th February 2020

What our passengers are saying...

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  • I want you folk to know that the Source to the Sea was the best trip I have been on, been on 20 trips over the years. The slices for morning tea were as great as ever. Other company’s staff could take a lesson from you good people. It was indeed a unique trip by nice, friendly, kind people.

    John Williams, Source to the Sea

  • My husband and I have just returned from the Wellington to Border Cliffs Cruise and would like to say how very much we enjoyed it. The whole thing ran so smoothly - accommodation and food was excellent!! Trevor's commentary was really interesting and Southy was such a friendly and helpful person. I am sure we will be planning another trip in 2018. Thank you.

    Margaret & Brian Teskey, Well to BC Cruise

  • Highly recommend the Spirit Australia Cruises after a very enjoyable 8 day cruise from Goolwa to Mildura. A well organised, informative and pleasurable experience with Captain Jock & First Mate 'Southy' ! Top meals & accommodation throughout the trip. Planning our next cruise !

    D Downs, Goolwa to Mildura

  • We would like to thank Spirit Australia Cruises for a very enjoyable week on the river. Everything was so well organized and happened without a fuss. A special thanks for Trevor`s commentary and Paul`s cheerful attitude and baggage handling skills. I will certainly recommend this trip to my friends.

    A & W Minogue

  • Just returned from our 2nd cruise this year. One of the best ways to see less accessible parts of Australia from a different waterborne perspective. Cruise organisation and crew were excellent - We will be coming back !

    David & Jillian Pillinger

  • I have just returned from a wonderful Gippsland Lakes cruise, brilliantly organised, friendly and perfect. Jock was a wealth of knowledge which added extra zest to the cruise. The time spent on the water, our exploring expeditions and the pace of the trip was really well thought out and, for me, perfect. We had an amazing group of people from all over Australia. I was the only person to go on my own but was welcomed and included by all. The accom...

    Gloria, Passenger, SA

  • River cruising at its best! Thank you for the wonderful experience, especially getting off the sand bar!!! Very enjoyable.

    Lesley & Syd, Albury to Echuca

  • Excellent Trip. Organisation, meals and accommodation all FIRST CLASS.

    Mike & Dot

  • 4th time and still great. Looking forward to cruise number 5.

    Joyce & Don, Mildura to Renmark

  • Absolutely fantastic cruise. Looking forward to November's trip. Many thanks to Jock and crew. Great food too.

    Bronwyn & Tony, Mildura to Renmark

  • Interesting to see the river and some of the towns well known. Enjoyed skills and company of the crew and captain. Great trip.

    Geoff & Judith, Border Cliffs to Wellington

  • I've had a leisurely and very enjoyable cruise for my first river cruise. Great captain, crew, excellent experience. Looked after very well. Hopefully another cruise in the future - thank you. Deanna

    Deanna, Murray River Cruise Passenger

  • Having just returned from two fantastic weeks on the Murray, we want to thank you all for your amazing contribution as a team that made it such a great time. We had every confidence in you Jock that we would make it to Mildura. Your concentration and skill was really appreciated. I was grateful for your bird knowledge and interest. You catered for us so well and even remembered who had weak or strong tea. The overall organisation is to be hi...

    Ruth and Fran, Murray River Cruise Passengers

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