Postcard of the Week: Murray River, South Australia

Cruising on Captain Cook Cruises’ Murray Princess; sunrise at Saltbush Flat on the Murray, Australia’s longest single river.

Sunrise yesterday morning on the Murray River. I’ve travelled abroad extensively over the last few months and I have to admit that I’ve been doing a lot of questioning about why I live in Australia. I envy my friends in Europe who have easy access to so many wonderful destinations. But this week I’ve fallen in love with my country all over again. I’ve been cruising on the Murray Princess and have been totally captivated by the awesome scenery. At 2508 km long, the ‘mighty Murray’ has a geological and human history that makes you feel very small – we’ve sailed past 20 million year old cliffs and visited Aboriginal sites dating back 8000 years. The sky is big; the bird life prolific. One evening I counted 52 pelicans cruising serenely outside my cabin door. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. As the fog lifts on Saltbush Flat, another magical day unfolds.

Photo & text © Christine Salins

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