Murray River Houseboat Hire | Houseboat holiday fun in the Riverland, South Australia

Welcome to Griffens Marina Houseboats at Blanchetown, a privately owned and secluded waterfront marina nestled below ancient limestone cliffs, in the beautiful Riverland region of South Australia - the ideal location to hire a houseboat to commence your Murray River houseboat holiday.

Located only 90 minutes from Adelaide through the world famous Barossa Valley, guests enjoy convenient access from the Sturt Highway with secure on site parking and flat lawned moorings for easy loading and unloading of vehicles and houseboats.

About Us

Commencing in 2000, Don and Miriam Griffen made a "river change" to Blanchetown from their farming property and sheep stud in the Mid North of S.A. to start their houseboat hire business. Don often joked that "every one needs a holiday, but not every one needs a ram! " Today the family business is still run by Miriam and their family.

Griffens Marina Blanchetown are a very proud S.A. Tourism Hall of Fame Inductee, and the Griffen family have been providing quality houseboat holidays for 19 years on their very special part of the Murray. Together with their friendly team, they invite you to cruise in style and have an extra special houseboat holiday.

Specialsing in couples, small group and family houseboat hire they want your houseboat holiday to be a truly memorable experience.

They believe there is absolutely nothing better than cruising off into a Murray River sunset with your loved one on a houseboat! 

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. Winnie the Pooh

About our section of the Murray

When you holiday on a houseboat at Blanchetown, you will experience one of the very best stretches of the Murray River. Heading upstream from the marina, the section between Blanchetown and Morgan is truly spectacular. Enjoy stunning landscapes, tranquil lagoons, majestic river red gums, wide river expanses, loads of good mooring spots, and abundant birdlife and wildlife.

The weir and lock system along the Murray River controls the flow of water, and being above Lock 1 means there is always plenty of water for houseboats to travel safely. Our section is also one of the most stable stretches of river along the whole Murray system, and Lock 1 has the distinction of being the very first lock, completed way back in 1922.

The magnificent cliffs that line the river, not only provide a haven for nesting birds, and other river life, they also hold many secrets in the form of fossilised shells and ancient sea creatures.

*Please note that due to seasonal conditons our hire boats are currently restricted from travelling downstream towards Swan Reach.

What Griffens Marina offer

Their small (yet spacious) houseboats are very easy to operate, economical to run and have everything on board to make your holiday extra special. Scallywag and Scamp are two of the most comfortable and well appointed small hire houseboats on the Murray, and combined with the great location, you will have an experience to remember.

The larger family style houseboats are also very easy to drive and allow you to enjoy the beauty of the Murray with a bigger group.

Great care and pride is taken during the comprehensive tuition, and every effort is made to ensure you are very familiar with how everything works before you leave the marina. Each houseboat has an operating manual and mobile telephone on board, and the team are only a call away if you have a question!

For your peace of mind, the private parking area opposite the moorings is under 24 hour CCTV surveillance, and if you are travelling with your caravan, there is plenty of room for parking.

As an added extra, there are PET FRIENDLY (dogs) houseboat hire options. They understand how important it can be to include your dog in your holiday activities, so their family houseboat Adventurer and small houseboats Scallywag and Scamp are pet friendly for dogs (conditions apply - please refer to section in FAQ).

If you have a doggy member of the family that needs to travel with you, please enquire when booking.

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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