The Iconic Murray Princess

Cruise the Murray River with the iconic Murray Princess after historic floods.

The Murray Princess is a true inland paddlewheeler built for the Murray River, with a character and charm of yesteryear. It is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere and is an icon of river cruising.

Catering for just 120 passengers, she brings the unique advantages of small ship cruising to the remarkable setting of Australia’s outback. The onboard atmosphere is relaxed and informal in style. The lounge features a majestic view of the paddlewheel in action through the two-story viewing window. Upper and lower lounge areas are accessed by the classic brass and mahogany style spiral staircase.

The Murray Princess cruises between Mannum, Murray Bridge and Salter’s Station along the Murray River and includes many on shore excursions. The wetlands in this area provide essential breeding and feeding habitats for many species of waterbirds, fish, invertebrates and plants, meaning that you’ll see the wonderful wildlife in this outback setting.

Offering 3, 4 or 7-night cruises, our guests enjoy all meals, live entertainment each evening, an exciting selection of onshore tours, guided tours and eco excursions throughout their cruise.

After almost four months moored at Mannum while SA experienced one of its biggest Murray River floods in history, the return of the Murray Princess to cruising is allowing visitors to see the impact of the floods, the regeneration of the floodplains, and enjoy the majesty of the river’s stunning cliffs and tranquil hidden places.

It’s been a challenging time for affected river communities and tourism operators, with many still facing a lengthy recovery period. An important part of that recovery is encouraging visitors back to experience the unique beauty of the mighty Murray River and to support the region’s local economy.

To celebrate her return to cruising, new cabins have been released for May, June and July 2023. Having the Murray Princess return to operation, even better with additional dates released between now and September, means thousands of visitors will again be returning to these towns over the coming months, at a time when their support is most needed to kickstart recovery.

To secure your cabin on board the Murray Princess and be one of the first to see the river system in its historic recovery, visit

Courtesy SeaLink

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