3 Night Houseboat Discovery
If you’ve ever dreamed of captaining your own houseboat, steering it down the mighty Murray River with your friends and family along for the ride, then let your dreams come true on a Murray River houseboat holiday. Boats depart from the historic riverside township of Mannum, just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide. Transfers from Adelaide to the river can be pre-booked, alternatively locked garaging facilities are available in Mannum.
Transfers to the river can be arranged from Adelaide, however if you have you're own vehicle why not take a short detour into the Adelaide Hills, where the scenic lookout at Mt Lofty and the historic German township of Hahndorf are well worth a visit. Carry on to Monarto Zoo, a 1000 hectare open range wildlife sanctuary that’s home to giraffes, chimps, rhinoceros, cheetahs, lions and many rare and endangered native Australian wildlife. Tour the park on the free Zu-Loop bus or wander along the 10km of walking trails. Board your houseboat in Mannum from 3pm, and after a short demonstration, head off on your self-drive houseboat holiday! Overnight on your houseboat.
Travel upstream today, enjoying the spectacular scenery along the way. Find a secluded mooring for the night around the township of Bowhill, approx 4.5 hours’ cruising time. Drop a line in the Murray River as the sun disappears behind the red ochre cliffs or relaxin the onboard jacuzzi as you watch the sun set over the gum trees. The more adventurous traveller can hire equipment for water skiing, canoeing and jet skiing, or explore the backwaters in a dinghy. You’ll never forget your barbecue dinner on the deck, as you cruise past a uniquely Australian landscape and abundant birdlife. Overnight on your houseboat.
After waking to the sound of laughing galahs, start the day with a relaxing walk along the river bank. Enjoy a tasty breakfast onboard before travelling downstream to moor around the township of Mannum. Spend the day exploring the historic riverside township, including the famous Mannum Dock Museum, or follow one of the many looped walking trails around the township. Golfers can play a round at the Mannum Golf Club. Celebrate your last night onboard with a gourmet meal prepared by your own 5 star onboard chef, or perhaps enjoy dinner at the local Mannum Hotel. Overnight on your houseboat.
You’ll need to return to the Unforgettable Houseboats base and disembark by 10am. Travel back to Adelaide at your leisure, or add a couple of extra days to your itinerary and visit the nearby Barossa wine region, just over an hour’s drive from Mannum.
Our SA Expert’s Top Tip
“If you’ve hired a rental car you can leave it in the locked garaging facilities in Mannum. Alternatively Unforgettable Houseboats can arrange transfers from Adelaide. They can also stock your houseboat full of food ready for your arrival. We recommend visiting the Adelaide Central Market to purchase anything else you might need.”