Useful Info & Links

Shopping

A houseboat holiday is fully self catering, so you need to bring all your food and drink supplies with you. If you have flown into Adelaide, we recommend shopping at Gawler or the Barossa Valley on the way here.

Travelling from interstate by road, Murray Bridge, Renmark or Waikerie are great shopping options. There is a small general store in Blanchetown for last minute purchases (they have limited lines) and you can re-stock during your housboat holiday at Morgan (about 7 hours away by houseboat). Many people also like to bring pre-prepared food as well, which keeps you out of the kitchen and in holiday mode!

Please note the Riverland is a Fruit Fly Free Zone, and as such, no home grown produce is allowed. However, fruit and vegetables purchased from a supermarket, green grocer or Adelaide Central Market are allowed, provided you have a valid receipt to verify purchase.

Useful links

Transfers

For transfers we recommend:

C and D Exclusive Tours: please call Chris on 0421 874 591.

Ezyway Mini Bus: www.ezywayminibus.com.au or telephone 0413 117 017.

These companies also cater for shopping trips and have eskies (chilli bins) on board to keep your food cool.

Boutique Wines, Olive oil, Glass platters & More...

We are truly blessed in the Riverland with amazing produce, quality wines, boutique brews and great attractions. We love supporting local businesses and hope you will also check out some of our favourites:

For a unique wine tasting experience (or a great coffee) call into Caudo Vineyard at Hogwash Bend, right on the river and accessible by houseboat! For more information visit www.caudovineyard.com.au.

For boutique wines and quality bed and breakfast accommodation at Blanchetown, visit www.burksalterwines.com.au or call into their cellar door 72 Paisley Road, Blanchetown: Friday - Sunday and Public Holidays 11am - 4.30pm

For beautiful Riverland produce, fine wines and extra virgin olive oil, visit www.illalangi.com.au or call into their shop at 12915 Sturt Highway Waikerie: OPEN 7 days a week 10.00am - 4.00pm.

For fabulous hand made glass platters and original art work call to arrange a visit to Riverglen View Art Studio at Lowbank on 0429 822 997 or visit www.frankelglassandbooks.com.au.

 

If you have the chance to stay longer or visit again, more great "must do's include :

Banrock Station and Wetland Centre, Kingston on Murray www.banrockstation.com.au.

Loxton Historical Village, Loxton

23rd Distillery, Renmark

Woolshed Brewery, Murtho

Hot Air Balloon Flights

For amazing balloon flights over the Barossa Valley or the Murray at Blanchetown, visit www.balloonadventures.com.au.

Golf Courses

The Riverland area has 5 excellent golf courses, with Waikerie our closest course. We can arrange transfers and golf hire for you to enjoy a day on the green as part of your housbeoat holiday! For more information visit www.waikeriegolf.com.au.

If staying at 17 QED, visit www.barmeragolfclub.com.au.

Tourist Information

For information on events, attractions and experiences in the Riverland, visit www.destinationriverland.org.au.

For more information on South Australia, visit www.southaustralia.com.

For information on Barmera, visit www.barmeratourism.com.au.

For information on Waikerie, visit The new details are as follows: Waikerie District Visitor Information Centre Civic Centre, Strangman Road, Waikerie S.A Ph: (08)8541 0708 Open: Mon – Fri 9am-5pm, Sat – 9am-4pm, Sun – 10am-4pm Web: www.waikerie.com

For day cruises at Waikerie, visit www.rivergumcruises.com.au.

For nature base tourism adventures, visit www.bigbend.com.au (they can even arrange to collect you from your houseboat at Blanchetown or Morgan).

For Hire: Double kayaks and dinghy with oars (including life vests), fishing rods and tackle.

For Sale: Block and crushed ice.

So proud to win!

Griffens' News 

December 2017: 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting our website. We hope you enjoy having a look around.

Firstly, we are absolutely thrilled to announce we won the South Australian Tourism Award for Unique Accommodation on the 10th November and were also inducted into the South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame for winning the Award three years in a row. For our small family business this is a huge honour, and one we are very proud of. We love sharing our backyard and would be delighted to welcome you to our special part of the Murray River.

Summer is a great time to enjoy all the Murray River has to offer  - warm to hot weather, and cooler evenings that are perfect for relaxing under the twinkling stars.

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 (of course we also provide life vests for your safety.The river is a wonderful playground but you must always treat it with respect and take care 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 need a relaxing break where you can reconnect with family and friends and experience a special part of South Australia's Riverland please get in touch - and with 2018 just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning your special autumn or winter escape for next year!

Cheers, Miriam Griffen