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Captain Your Own Houseboat on the Murray River

Captain your own boat
Houseboating Murray River
Houseboating Murray River
Houseboating Murray River

Captain Your Own Houseboat on the Murray River

story by: House of Travel

Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide is the majestic Murray River. Fast becoming a favourite holiday experience for Kiwi travellers, the Murray River is the perfect place to relax and unwind on a long weekend in South Australia.

If you’ve ever dreamt of captaining your own houseboat, steering it down a mighty river with your friends and family along for the ride, then a Murray River houseboat holiday is the perfect plan.

Here's everything you need to know to make your houseboat holiday a great one! 

Everything you need to know
So - what is a houseboat? Think of it like a floating holiday home. Unforgettable Houseboats have 10 boats in their fleet (catering for 2 to 12 people), so there is a boat to suit everyone’s holiday requirements. Whether cooking a meal on the BBQ or in the gourmet kitchen, relaxing in the jacuzzi or watching the stars from the top deck, these “floating baches” exceed all expectations.

First-time hirers are often amazed at how easy a houseboat is to drive and, believe it or not, all you need is a standard driver’s license. If you’d like to add a little more action to your houseboating holiday, Unforgettable Houseboats can organise golf, waterskiing, kayaking, wine tasting tours to the Barossa, or a nocturnal wildlife expedition. And for that special treat, book a private chef to come onboard and let someone else do the cooking.

Make sure you stop in at the Adelaide Central Markets to pick up all your food and drink for on the houseboat, or alternatively contact Angie at The Floating Gourmet who can stock the houseboat full of food ready for your arrival.
Transfers from Adelaide to the river can be pre-booked, alternatively locked garaging facilities are available in Mannum for those who hire a rental car.

What to expect
Captaining your own houseboat gives you the freedom to explore the Murray River at your own pace. What exactly you do with your time is up to you. Whether you're heading off on a family holiday, with a group of friends or are taking a romantic trip away, there's a houseboat to accommodate your needs.

Houseboat holidays range from 3, 4 or 7 nights. Spend your days taking turns at playing captain and navigating the Murray River, or make frequent stops along the way to soak in the scenery and really relax. 

There's plenty to be discovered along the way, from spectacular limestone cliffs to walking trails and quiet backwaters full of red river gum trees and local bird life. Historic townships and the famous Swan Reach Pub are also popular stops along the river to explore.

Then there are the gorgeous sandy riverbanks where you can pull up and enjoy some time swimming, fishing or simply reading a book with a glass of local wine, before watching a dramatic and colourful sunset light up the cliffs. You’ll discover there are just as many activities on land to enjoy as there are on the water. 

Don't miss your chance to experience an incredible houseboat holiday along South Australia’s Murray River. This quintessential Aussie experience should be on everybody's travel bucket list. It's such a unique and rewarding way to travel, and it offers up scenery the likes of nowhere else in Australia - so get in quick and book your houseboat for the journey of a lifetime.

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