A tour like no other

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A tour like no other

The majestic Murray River winds 1,470 miles through South Australia, passing through towering limestone cliffs, spectacular scenery and expansive farmlands. The river’s rich eco-system has been an important resource for our Ngarrindjeri sisters and brothers for thousands of years.

With the help of funding from the Resthaven Ageing and Wellness grant and the support of Uniting Church congregations in the Riverland, Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis has organised the Living Water Tour. The four-day, three-night tour seeks to nurture discipleship through spiritual responses to the environment and in particular, the living water of the River Murray. Each day will begin and end with times of spiritual reflection on what has been experienced.

The four day, three night tour has been heavily subsidised by the Ageing and Wellness Grant. This has enabled the Moderator to offer the tour at a cost of $350 +GST per person (shared accommodation) or $500 +GST per person (single accommodation). Costs include accommodation, transportation and meals.

Departing from Adelaide city centre on Tuesday 11 September, the Living Water tour will travel to Barmera via Blanchetown and the Border Cliffs lookout where insight into the geology of the Murray Darling Basin will be shared. In the evening, tour participants will hear from local Indigenous guest speakers who will share more about the rich and extensive history of First Peoples and the River Murray.

Day two will include leisurely touring around the Riverland. Visits to Yatco lagoon, wetlands, produce farms and more. The evening will include a Q&A session after dinner at the Barmera Uniting Church. that delves into the current state of the Murray Darling Basin and its water distribution systems. Special guest, Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski will conclude the session by providing insight into the eco-theology of the region.

On day three, the tour bus will slowly make its way south to Meningie, savouring the beauty of the river and the region, with stops at the famous Big Bend cliffs, Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge, with opportunities to explore Ngarrindjeri country with Sean Weetra. An overnight stay at Meningie will include a local dinner hosted by Meningie Uniting Church.

The final day of the tour will include a Goolwa river cruise which takes in the Coorong National Park, its high sand dune systems and wetlands which connect to the lower Murray River and Lakes system. The four hour cruise will include lunch, afternoon tea and guided walk.

To secure your place on the tour, please visit the sa.uca.org.au/Nurture website to pay the *$110 deposit. Deposits are due by 16 July.  Be quick, the first 30 people to make a deposit payment will secure a spot on the tour.The full tour cost will be *$385 (shared accommodation) or *$550 (single accommodation). This price includes meals, transport and accommodation.For more information contact Tim Molineux on 8236 4200 or email tmolineux@sa.uca.org.au">tmolineux@sa.uca.org.au.

*All costs are inclusive of GST, $110 deposit is for one person only. To secure two places (or two people) on the tour, a deposit of $220 will need to be paid.


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