Renmark to Headings Cliffs - 12km walking and 14km cruising
Meet your guides and fellow walkers at 7.30am at the Renmark Community Hotel for a pre-walk briefing and tagging of your luggage for separate transfer to your room on the houseboat.
If you travel by car you can store it in the secure parking at the Hotel.
Our destination today is spectacular Headings Cliffs where your houseboat accommodation is moored.
Select a backpack and pack your pre-made lunch, fresh fruit and trail mix and a thermos of hot tea/coffee. Board the pontoon “cruiser” boat for a 14km cruise along the mighty Murray River to the start of your walk at Woolenook Bend. Discover the old horseshoe lagoons that are havens for waterbirds and learn about the site of the World War II internment camp during lunch on the riverbank.
Cross the little creeks that feed the red gum forests and box woodlands and gently climb the sandy cliffs covered in native pine and native lilies, rising to a magnificent view of the vast Murray River floodplain. A short transfer across the river in the cruiser and you have arrived at your destination.
Evening format (all days) - options include a cool foot dip in the river, a hot spa, a campfire and local beverage and riverbank nibbles, before sitting down to a 3 course dinner paired with local wines.
Image: Heading Cliffs
Headings Cliffs to Chowilla Creek - 14km walking and 10km cruising
Our destination is opposite the historic Chowilla Station Shearing Shed.
Arise before the sun and walk a gentle slope to the rim of the Murray River valley for a spectacular sunrise over the valley. Marvel at the geological layers in the cliffs formed by wind, ocean, freshwater lakes and the river.
Return to the houseboat for breakfast, then load your packs and depart for a wonderful day discovering Aboriginal canoe trees, dense red gum forests and small islands along the leafy Amazon Creek. Kangaroos and emus will interrupt you along the way as you finish in an old growth Box Forest where you’ll forage some saltbush leaves to flavour tomorrow’s breakfast.
Cruise to your evening destination opposite Chowilla shearing shed.
Image: Watching the sunrise over the river valley
Our destination is the bright red cliffs of Bunyip Reach above Lock 6.
Breakfast is followed by a briefing on the Murray Darling Basin before cruising to the Chowilla Creek Environmental Regulator to learn about environmental watering and new stewardship for the river.
Walk along beautiful meandering Chowilla Creek and visit the proposed site of the 1960’s Chowilla Dam. Restored wetlands and waterbirds will inspire you and after lunch we traverse Bunyip Reach cliffs and capture the beauty of this landscape on route to Queens Bend Cliffs where we celebrate completing our walking journey. We cruise home to our houseboat as the late afternoon sun illuminates the cliffs.
Image: Walk through the diverse floodplain environment
Bunyip Reach Cliffs to Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery - 2km walking and 23km cruising
After breakfast you can relax on the river bank or walk for 2km unguided along the river, before we all cruise together through Lock 6 and experience the fall in river level.
We continue cruising downstream enjoying fresh coffee and cake for morning tea reflecting on our experience, marvelling at the riverscapes we’ve just walked along, before arriving at historic Wilkadene Woolshed and its innovative micro-brewery.
Enjoy a tour with the head brewer before sitting down with your guides to a fine barbecue as we say our farewells.
You will depart for Renmark by bus arriving at the Renmark Hotel at 2.00 pm
Image: Cruising on the Murray River past spectacular scenery