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“Very Pleasant Surprise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Donnelly River Cruises

Donnelly River Cruises
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Owner description: Winner of 4 Western Australian Tourism Awards including Ecotourism in 2009. Donnelly River cruises is an award-winning experience not to be missed. Operating daily, with bus pick-ups also available from Pemberton and Manjimup, Donnelly River Cruises conducts a river cruise of the lower twelve-kilometre section of the Donnelly River, within the confines of the D’Entrecasteaux National Park, in the South West of Western Australia. The cruise area, including the beach landing, encompasses an area that is not accessible by 4-wheel drive and is only accessible by boat. The atmosphere of the cruise is to “sit back, relax and enjoy” as you meander through the diversified eco systems of the river. In a conversational format where you are encouraged to join in, Peter & Shaun will enlighten you about the river, the ecology and geology of the area, the fauna and flora and some of the history of the area. The scenery is constantly changing as you commence in lush Jarrah and Marri forests, and then pass through the Paperbark and wetlands, past the limestone cliffs, to the majestic Southern Ocean. On the way you will cruise past the unique holiday huts nestled amongst the towering Marri trees and coastal dunes. While at the mouth of the river, you are given the opportunity to disembark and experience the isolation and pristine quality of the area, with a walk along the beach for about half an hour. The beach is approximately 2 km long confined by rocky outcrops at each end with no vehicle access at all. You are able to stroll along the soft white beaches in virtual isolation except for possibly a few locals trying their hand at some beach fishing. After toe tapping with the Southern Ocean, you will make your way back to the boat where you begin the return journey with a morning or afternoon tea complimented by Pete’s “fantastic” muffins.There is no one photo to depict this amazing cruise!!!
Perth, Australia
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“Very Pleasant Surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

The perfect balance between imparting knowledge of the river and its environment without disturbing the relaxation and enjoyment. All the passengers our day were Western Australians but we all learnt a lot about the river we did not know before. Peter was an excellent guide. The half way point is a desolate beach on the Southern Ocean. What as contrast to the tranquil river. A great experience.

Visited April 2014
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“A wonderful cruise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

Peter, owner, has a Pasion for the river and the location and shares it with enthusiasm and interest - this makes the trip
The much anticipated muffins passed muster and the homely touch was appreciated

Visited April 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Tranquil National Park to raging Southern Ocean”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

Delightful cruise down this beautiful and special (you'll have to do the Donnelly River Cruise to find out why it's special) river. Peter, our bus driver, ship captain, tour guide and tea 'lady', was very passionate about the environment and therefore very knowledgeable. His combination of facts, quizzes and the occasional trick thrown in to keep us on our toes, made for an informative and fun afternoon. The whole tour was absolutely wonderful. Thank you from Lyn and Daphne.

Visited March 2014
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Perth, Australia
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32 reviews
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“Donnelly River Cruise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

Fantastic and relaxing cruise down one of our pristine river environments. Our local tour guide Shaun was great and very informative, and showed a passion for his local area and environment which made the day trip even more personally enjoyable. Highly recommended trip for all visitors to the area.

Visited February 2014
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“what a way to spend a great afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

we would highly recommend this great cruise, we spent the afternoon cruising down the Donnelly river and it was just awesome and peter was full of information. this tour certainly made our day, and the highlight was afternoon tea on the beach in the middle of nowhere. Thank you from greg and cassie

Visited February 2014
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