Griffens Marina's hire houseboats 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...

Our hire houseboats are suitable for small or large crews - couples, families or groups of friends and 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 for your cruise. We own all our houseboats, and we want to look after you as our special guests.

We are very proud of our small family business and love sharing our special "backyard" on the Murray.

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.

Miriam and Cosi!

Griffens' News 

MARCH 2020

Welcome, and thank you for visiting our website.

In a world of chaos, we have chosen to stop hiring our houseboats during this time of #stayathome, non essential travel and social distancing as the safety of our Griffens Marina family and your crew is paramount. We know you will be following all advice too, and feel so lucky to have the big, beautiful Murray River flowng past our home. The calming sensation of being near the water helps restore some balance in our lives and as Cosi says, everyone should come and have a houseboat holiday on the Murray!

With the launch of the new "HOLIDAY HERE THIS YEAR" campaign, there is no better time to support regional tourism businesses and we would love to welcome you on board a little later in the year when we return to happier times! With big open spaces, and peace and solitude, a houseboat holiday really is one of the most relaxing holidays you can have.

Now is the time to secure your dates for the rest of 2020 and also into 2021. 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!

Winter is one of my favourite times to be on the river - the backwaters are brimming with life and there are so many birds around - it is such 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.

If you are looking for a boat for an extra special holiday, check out DAYDREAMER HOUSEBOAT, our fabulous 6 bedroom boat (12 berth) with a host of features ideal for large families or groups of friends and we have availability for EASTER! There is also the bonus of a large heated spa on the top deck. It's a great spot to be day or night and the pefect place to relax and enjoy the amazing views.

Take care everyone, with our best wishes Miriam & Co.


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