View Full Version : Murray River house boating

01-19-2014, 01:35 AM
We are looking at visiting the west island (Australia) in May, and doing a seven day houseboat cruise with a few other couples. Every town along the river claims to have the "best" bit, and I have only been able to find a couple of not particularly useful (as in, very light on detail) itineraries. The best described part of the river seems to be upstream from Mannum, which is also the closest to Adelaide. I'd be interested in hearing from anybody who has any suggestions about which bit of the river to cruise on, and what there is to do, as even Tripadvisor has minimal feedback on the subject, and websites like southaustralia.com aren't as useful as they could be.
Not sure how I feel about piloting thirty tonnes of floating fibreglass. Moby Dick comes to mind:d


Peter K
01-19-2014, 03:44 AM
For similar cost you could bareboat charter a big catamaran in the Whitsundays - I know where I'd rather be !

01-19-2014, 04:30 AM
For similar money we could do all sorts of things, but this group is shy on sailors and keen on vineyards etc, and it is something several of us have wanted to do for years.
Anyway, rising sea levels not withstanding, the Whitsundays will still be there next year.

01-19-2014, 05:03 AM
Dont know anything ...but it looks like fun !


many years ago I rode a bicycle thru that region.

01-19-2014, 05:48 AM
I suspect the Sth Australian end might be more interesting but you'll have to really targeted unless you spend some time on the water. http://www.murrayriver.com.au/attractions-activities/
The banks can be steep and you spend a lot of time in the ditch with not much in the way of views. If it's hot it can be really hot on the water, I know, I've paddled it at 45C on the water some days.

I really think you can get more wine for your buck by other means, and maybe in different areas.

Phil Y
01-19-2014, 06:22 AM
Take plenty of beer.

01-19-2014, 01:26 PM
Is there any water in the Murray River ? Drought is a big issue

01-19-2014, 02:43 PM
The Murray River is the source for many prized aquarium species, especially the so-called rainbow fish from the Melanotaenia genus. Gorgeous fish!

01-19-2014, 02:51 PM
The Murray comes and goes Slug, at present it's OK. Before the loch system it used to dry out in droughts, but from year to year the levels can vary by 40 ft or more. This is Echuca wharf, I have seen it with much less water than this, and overtopped by flood.