Griffens Marina's hire houseboats at Blanchetown, on the Murray River in South Australia, are located exclusively on one of the most picturesque and uncrowded river stretches along the entire Murray River system. Our beautiful 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 own all our houseboats, 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 

May 2021

Thank you to everyone who has already holidayed with us this year.

2020 was such a difficult year, but in some ways it was filled with kindness, resilience and happy times. With Covid still rearing its ugly head, please be assured our payment and cancellation policy is still very flexible in case there are further restrictions. It is great to be welcoming you all on board, and wonderful to have so many first time houseboat hirers who have loved their holiday experience and have already booked to come back again! We have also loved hearing comments like "this is the best holiday I have had in 30 years" and "the kids had a ball and didn't even care about no WiFi!"

Of course, the safety of your family and ours is paramount, and we will be following all health and safety measures to ensure we comply fully. We are also an Accredited COVID Clean Practicing Business. There will be a few changes made...but the peace, serenity, beauty and relaxation will be the same, maybe even better! We can't wait to get back out there again too.

The South Australian Tourism Commision have launched their "Welcome back" campaign and we would love to welcome you too.

With big open spaces, fresh air, and nature surrounding you - a houseboat holiday really is one of the best holidays you can have. The calming sensation of being near the water helps restore some balance in your lives and as Cosi says, "everyone should come and have a houseboat holiday on the Murray".

Now is the time to secure your dates for the remainder of this year and 2022. Being on, or near water has been proven to be a huge health benefit, so make sure you try and plan some special river time into your schedule!

Every season is a favourite time to be on the river - the backwaters are brimming with life and there are so many birds around - it is always a joy to see. We can even hire you a double kayak so you can explore, discover and get to places you can't by foot. You will be amazed at the wetland birds you will encounter, and be dwarfed by the giant redgums standing like sentinels in the river.The river is a wonderful playground but remember to always treat it with respect and take care of its unique environment at all times.

We give you plenty of tips and instruction on how to handle your houseboat during your show out lesson, and our instructors love pointing out their favourite mooring spots. You may even get told where the fish have been biting too.

Take care everyone, and we look forward to seeing you.

With our best wishes Miriam & Co.


Due to all the recent fruit fly outbreaks in Adelaide, you cannot bring any fresh fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Riverland, even with a receipt, if it was purchased in a current suspension zone.

PIRSA are updating the suspension zones regularly if there are new outbreaks, so you will need to check your suburb and just as importantly, where you purchase your produce at