Useful Info & Links


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


For transfers we recommend:

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

Ezyway Mini Bus: or telephone 0413 117 017.

DES’S MINIBUS: (08) 8440 1600

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

For smaller groups of 2 - 4, the most economical way to get to us is to hire a car, and that way you can stop for your supplies on the way.

The hire car will be safe on our riverbank and we also have 24 hour CCTV monitoring for extra security.

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

For boutique wines and quality bed and breakfast accommodation at Blanchetown, visit 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 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


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

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

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

If staying at 17 QED, visit

Tourist Information

For information on events, attractions and experiences in the Riverland, visit

For more information on South Australia, visit

For information on Barmera, visit

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:

For day cruises at Waikerie, visit

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

For Hire: Double kayaks (includes life vests), fishing rods and tackle. The double kayaks are great fun for exploring the backwaters and are very stable, however we only recommend they are used by people who can swim.

For Sale: Block and crushed ice.

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Griffens' News 

December 2018 

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

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  - a fabulous 6 bedroom boat (12 berth) with a host of features ideal for large families or groups of friends - has the bonus of a fully heated large spa so is a great spot to be day or night! Already we have had local, interstate and international guests enjoy the many delights of Daydreamer, 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.

All the best, Miriam & Co.