Welcome aboard our Griffens Marina Website! 

Our hire houseboats are located exclusively on one of the most picturesque and uncrowded river stretches along the entire Murray River system, and our beautiful marina in the Riverland region is only 90 minutes from Adelaide through the world famous Barossa Valley.

It is time to spoil yourself and be seduced by the tranquillity of Australia's greatest waterway. Experience your very own unique river journey as you float along the Murray, surrounded by sunsets, sunrises and natural beauty and wildlife... all where cruising is so easy.

Holidays are about creating memories and making dreams come true, and a River Murray hire houseboat holiday is the perfect choice anytime of the year.

The Riverland Region is blessed with a fabulous Mediterranean climate and each season offers something special - from hot sunny days, cold nights, frosty mornings and balmy breezes.

Be immersed in nature.

The silence is captivating and the only sounds will be the splash of a pelican as he lands near by, the plop of the fish as he jumps on your line, the laugh of the kookaburras in the majestic gums, or the swish of your paddle as you kayak through the backwaters.

From our family to yours...

Not sure which houseboat to book?

We have a range of hire houseboats suitable for small or large crews - couples, families or groups of friends and they are absolutely ideal for any occasion. Stylish and laid back, small to family size, we have the ideal Murray River hire houseboat for an iconic Australian holiday experience.

All our houseboats have features that set them apart, so let us help you choose the perfect hire houseboat to book for your cruise.

We are very proud of our small family business and love sharing our special "backyard" on the Murray.( and we know all the great spots on the river for you to enjoy!)

We are here to make your houseboat holiday unforgettable, so let us know if there is anything extra you require to have the most relaxing holiday ever.

Come and experience the excitement and luxury of captaining your own vessel on one of the BEST houseboat holiday destinations in Australia.

It will be one of the most relaxing holidays you will ever have, so please call us on (08) 8540 5250 or email  to discuss your hire houseboat holiday needs.

Sit back, relax and let the world drift slowly by on a quality Murray River hire houseboat from Griffens Marina Houseboats at Blanchetown, in the beautiful Riverland region of South Australia.

Warm greetings...

Griffens' News 


Aaaaah winter, you have arrived and even brought along some rain...and very cold morning temperatures.

Even though the weather is still a bit of a mixed bag of some warmer days and cold nights, don't forget to pack a thick jacket and your beanie ( plus if you get cold feet like me, your bed socks!)

The river is experiencing a nice, gentle flow rate, and it's time to enjoy all the beautuful scenery that surounds you. Sunsets,sunrises, stunning cloud formations, prolific bird life, shimmering starry skies - it doesn't get much better!

It was great to welcome the Channel 9 News weather team to the marina, and have them broadcast live from Daydreamer and our riverbank. We love showcasing our special part of the Murray and thank the South Australian Tourism Commission as well for the extra promotions and interest in winter holidays.

Some crews even choose to stay moored at our lovely riverbank and embrace their floating accommodation as a unique opportunity to discover more of the Riverland by car during the day, and sleep on the water at night!

Remember that spending time on the river is the best way to bring some peace and balance back to your life, to be at one with nature and have a very special self contained holiday - and as Cosi from South Aussie with Cosi says, "everyone should enjoy a houseboat holiday at least once in their lives!".

With our best wishes Miriam & Co.


*We check phone messages and emails regularly, but there may be slight delays in reponse times as we work on the riverbank getting the houseboats ready for our next crews!

*There have been changes to the Fruit Fly rules, and all host fruit and vegetables are now banned from entering the the Riverland, even with a receipt. There are still plenty of options though that you can bring in, so please check out the PIRSA website for all the updates, and we have also drawn up a shopping list to help you which we will provide when you book!