Murray River – Houseboats & River Cruises
Just over 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 with friends and family. Explore Australia’s greatest river on an escorted cruise or captain your own luxury houseboat.
Murray River Top 10
1 Houseboating & River Cruising
Houseboating & River Cruising
Houseboating and escorted river cruising on the mighty Murray River is fast becoming the favourite thing to do for Kiwis holidaying in South Australia. Its a great option for friends and families to get together for a unique, totally relaxing holiday experience.Add to wishlist
2 Heritage Paddlesteamers
Visit restored paddle steamers at Mannum and Renmark. The Marion, based at the Mannum Dock Museum, is a fully restored heritage vessel built in 1897 and is one of the last steam driven, wood fired, side paddle steamers operating in the world.Add to wishlist
3 Monarto Zoo
Monarto Zoo is a must-see open range park featuring lions, zebra and white rhinoceros. For a more interactive experience try patting a cheetah or feeding a giraffe on a behind-the-scenes tour. Jump on the Zu-Loop Shuttle bus for a free ride to each enclosure, or wander along the 10km of walking trails.Add to wishlist
Water and mallee birds along the Murray will delight avid birdwatchers. Gluepot Reserve is home to rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles and has been described as one of the conservation miracles of the 21st century.Add to wishlist
5 Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site
Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site
Join the guides on a tour through the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site and experience fascinating Aboriginal culture as you climb the boardwalk up the majestic cliffs of an ancient seabed.Add to wishlist
6 Local Produce
The Riverlands and the township of Berri are famous for their citrus and stone fruits. Be sure to pick up some delicious treats and other regional produce at local orchards and roadside stalls.Add to wishlist
7 Big Bend By Night
Big Bend By Night
Cruise past Big Bend the tallest cliffs along the Murray River. Look out for native wildlife along the river or indulge in a Big Bend By Night sunset dinner and nocturnal tour.Add to wishlist
8 Banrock Station
Visit the award-winning Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre near Kingston on Murray, and take in the striking views of the wetlands from the restaurant. Take a stroll along the 7km boardwalk for close up views of the prolific birdlife.Add to wishlist
9 Wet the tastebuds!
Wet the tastebuds!
The northern section of the Murray River is Australias largest wine growing region, laying claim to a staggering one-third of the countrys grape production. Call in to Australias largest winery and distillery, Berri Estates, or pull your houseboat up to Caudo Vineyards (near Waikerie) or Wilakadene Woolshed Brewery xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for a taste of the local drop!Add to wishlist
10 Tee off
Enjoy a round of golf in a unique setting that looks nothing like the courses back home. Local Murray River courses include Waikerie, Berri, Loxton, Barmera, Renmark, Murray Bridge, Mannum and Swan Reach Golf Clubs.Add to wishlist
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.
Unforgettable Houseboats have 10 boats in their fleet (from 2 to 12 berths), 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 handle 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.
Escorted River Cruising
Escorted cruises range from two to seven nights and allow you to experience the Murray with the help of onboard experts.
More than 100 years ago, paddle wheelers cruised the length of the Murray River transporting supplies. You can replicate their journey on the historic PS Murray Princess paddle-wheeler, which offers a unique nature-based adventure past mallee scrub and ancient red gum forests, through towering gorges and sheer limestone cliffs. On their three, four and seven-night cruises you’ll visit historic ports and lush vineyards as the captain navigates the Murray’s locks and river bends.
The Proud Mary departs all year round and offers highly regarded two and five-night nature cruises with a maximum of 40 passengers. If time is short, the weekly lunch cruises give you a taste of life cruising this magnificent River.
For those wanting to experience the Murray River but who prefer to stay in on-shore accommodation, the Murray River Run offers a range of cruises along almost the whole 2500km length of the river, from five to eight days. Offering a different style of cruising with overnight accommodation in comfortable ensuite riverside hotels/motels and purpose built cruise boats, the Murray River Run provides a relaxed, friendly, and diverse range of cruising experiences.
If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on land then there are a number of fantastic accommodation options located along the Murray River.
In Mannum, the Mannum Motel offers very tidy 3 – 3.5 star Motel Rooms on the main street of this historic riverside township. With lovely views overlooking the Murray River, the Motel is surrounded by antique stores, museums, playgrounds and more.
If you’re looking for a little slice of luxury during your stay, then indulge at the Riverview Rise Retreats near Mannum, or at The Frames near Renmark. These luxury accommodation retreats offer the perfect romantic getaway. You’ll enjoy stunning views over the Murray River and with sumptuous dining options available on site, you won’t want to leave!
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