Murray River Houseboat Hire

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 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 18 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 at Blanchetown, you will experience one of the very best stretches of the Murray River between Blanchetown and Morgan. The scenery is truly spectacular. Enjoy stunning scenery, tranquil lagoons, majestic river red gums, wide river expanses, loads of good mooring spots, and abundant birdlife and wildlife.

The lock system along the River Murray controls the flow of water, and being above Lock 1 means there is always plenty of water for houseboats to travel safely. 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.

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!

Help with transfers from Adelaide if you are flying in from interstate can be arranged, or if you are travelling with your caravan, the marina offers safe, private parking with 24 hour CCTV surveillance for your peace of mind..

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.

Yay! Hall of Fame.

Griffens' News 

January 2019


Welcome, and thank you for visiting our website. 

SUMMER IS HERE...and with it sunny days, starry nights and the delights of new bird life everywhere. Already bookings are filling quickly so don't leave it too long if you want to jump on board during the warmer months. 

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.

DAYDREAMER HOUSEBOAT, the latest addition to our hire fleet is a fabulous 6 bedroom boat (12 berth) with a host of features ideal for large families or groups of friends. Daydreamer also has the bonus of a large spa so is a great spot to be day or night ( and of course is perfect on a hot summers day to just enjoy your own floating tub of cool water on the top deck - no need to heat) so start planning your own special dream holiday.

We love sharing our backyard and would be delighted to welcome you to our special part of the Murray River for a fabulous houseboat holiday.

Wishing you all the very best for the festive season, and may your New Year resolutions include booking a houseboat holiday in 2019!

Cheers, Miriam & Co.