4 4 Night Houseboat Explorer

Captaining your own houseboat gives you the freedom to explore the Murray River at your own pace. Besides, there are few things more enjoyable than steering your own houseboat down the mighty Murray River on a 4 night houseboat holiday with your friends and family along for the ride! Boats depart from the historic riverside township of Mannum, just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide.



Before departing Adelaide, be sure to visit the Adelaide Central Market and pick up some gourmet food for your houseboat holiday. The market is buzzing with sights, tastes and smells and is a great place to buy local food to stock your houseboat. From Adelaide, take a short detour into the Adelaide Hills and spend the morning exploring the historic German township of Hahndorf. Pick up some tasty items from one of the many German bakeries that line the main street, or enjoy a stein of beer at the Hahndorf Inn. You can board your houseboat in Mannum from 3pm, and after a short demonstration, head off on your Murray River 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, about 4.5 hours’ cruising time from Mannum. This afternoon, 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 red river gums. The more adventurous traveller can hire equipment for water skiing, canoeing and jet skiing, or explore the backwaters in a dinghy. Enjoy a barbecue dinner as you cruise past a uniquely Australian vista of limestone cliffs and abundant birdlife. Overnight on your houseboat.


For a real treat, book a tour to the nearby Barossa wine region for the day. You’ll be picked up from your houseboat and taken wine tasting in this famous wine producing region. Or enjoy a round at a local golf course before returning to your houseboat at the end of the day. If you’re not ready to leave the river just yet, then enjoy the day cruising from Bowhill to Walker Flat. Moor at the small township and walk up to the lookout for magnificent panoramic views of the river. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn before travelling back downstream to moor for the night. Overnight on your houseboat.


After waking to the sound of laughing galahs, start the day with a relaxing walk along the river bank, taking in the spectacular scenery and wildlife. Enjoy a tasty on board breakfast 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. Golfers can play a round at the Mannum Golf Club. Celebrate your last night with a gourmet meal cooked onboard by a 5 star chef, or go ashore for dinner at the Mannum Hotel. Overnight on your houseboat.


Today, 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

“Upgrade to the Unforgettable Houseboats ‘Platinum Package’. You’ll get return scenic transfers from Adelaide, a fantastic Adelaide Hills Safari Tour including a two course lunch in Hahndorf, wine tastings, and a visit to Monarto Zoo. Onboard your houseboat you’ll have the use of an Aussie Spit Roaster and a three person canoe. It’s the ultimate addition to your houseboat holiday!”

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