Our Team

Captain Jock Veenstra has spent most of his childhood years and all of his adult life in Goolwa, near the mouth of the Murray River, and grew up working on boats in his father’s tourist cruise business.   A fully qualified river captain, skilled boat builder and tourism entrepreneur, Jock has a vast knowledge of the Murray River and the Coorong.

Spirit of the Coorong Cruises’ captains and crew are all locals with a wide knowledge of the environment in which the cruises operate.  With a total of more than 100 years accumulated Coorong and Murray River cruising experience there is not much our captains do not know about this river system.

Both boat crew and office staff at Spirit of the Coorong are knowledgeable, relaxed, friendly and efficient.  Job satisfaction is a feature of their work – they love helping visitors to enjoy their holiday in the Goolwa and Coorong area.  After all, there aren’t too many other jobs that let you show people a spectacular area of pristine wetland wilderness that you just know they will enjoy !

Meet our friendly and experienced crew …

Jock Veenstra

General Manager and senior captain:
49 years cruising, boat building and tourism experience.

Michael Veenstra

Operations Manager and captain:
24 years cruising and boat building experience.


41 years service and cruising experience.

Mat, Cruise CaptainMat
5 years cruise and 15 years boating experience.

Neil Smith

Deckhand/Engineer/Tour Guide:
20 years service.

Petrea Bartlett

Office Manager:
14 years service, 30 years management experience.

Deckhand and customer service:
Ex National Parks tour guide.



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