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A COMPLETELY NEW WAY TO EXPLORE AUSTRALIA From gentle river cruises to chartered houseboats, water travel allows you to see the country from a whole new perspective. Luckily, there are tonnes of options to choose from. Explore the remote North West tip of Western Australia or the historic Murray River that runs through Victoria and South Australia. Here are some of our top picks. TRAVEL ON ‘THE TRUE NORTH’ THROUGH THE KIMBERLEY The Kimberley is one of Australia’s wildest and most remote regions – and exploring on North Star Cruises’ luxurious True North will get you right into the heart of its incredible natural beauty.
The True North has one major advantage over other cruises – it’s purpose-built to be slightly smaller than other boats and has been designed specifically with the rugged terrain of The Kimberley in mind.
But don’t let its size fool you – this vessel is kitted out with plenty of lavish amenities, including spacious viewing areas, a sun deck, a sports deck and a beautiful al fresco bar. Best of all, guest numbers for each voyage are capped at 36, which means you have an intimate opportunity to explore one of Australia’s most beautiful settings. TAKE A PADDLE WHEELER CRUISE ON THE MURRAY RIVER, SA Whether you’re a history buff or simply prefer something a little different for your mode of transport, there’s nothing quite like travelling down the Murray River on a paddle wheeler with Captain Cook Cruises.
This waterway once served as an important shipping and transportation route, that moved goods along the river to and from the Southern Ocean. Today, this cruise is a brilliant way to honour the area’s rich history while appreciating its striking natural beauty, with more than 40 national parks are located along the Murray’s banks. HOP ON A HOUSEBOAT IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA For an even more intimate way to explore South Australia’s Murray River, you can’t go wrong with Unforgettable Houseboats. With a range of vessels that can sleep between two and 12 people, there’s bound to be a perfect match for your group.
Every houseboat has a little slice of luxury to help you make the most out of your voyage, from gas BBQs to full-sized fridges. If you fancy splashing out on a gourmet feast, you can even arrange for a trained chef to join you onboard for an unforgettable evening of delicious food and wine.
Whether you’re planning a family getaway or a romantic break for two, there’s a Murray River houseboat to suit. MURRAY RIVER HOUSEBOAT ADVENTURE IN VICTORIA Did you know the Murray River also extends into the state of Victoria? If you’re interested in navigating its more easterly waters, Ahhh Willandra offers a fabulous houseboating adventure that will never leave you with a dull moment.
In fact, we’d argue that this journey is more about what happens off the boat than on it – from golfing to browsing through the wares at local farmers’ markets in Mildura, there’s something to appeal to every traveller here.
Mildura is the only spot on the entire Murray River that offers direct accessibility to so many amenities – you can berth the houseboat here and within minutes you’ll be shopping up a storm and indulging in local eats.
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