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 the Barossa Valley on the way here. There are 2 large supermarkets at Nuriootpa with many gourmet items, plus there is a bottle shop in the same complex. With many cellar doors in the region, you may also like to pick up some of the magnificent local wines to enjoy on board as well.

You can also arrange a shop and collect order from the Barossa Foodland and more information can be found at https://www.coopfresh.com.au/online

Travelling from interstate by road, Murray Bridge, Renmark or Waikerie are great shopping options. There is only 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. All produce must be accompanied by a receipt.

*No fruit or vegetables are allowed from interstate and must be safely disposed of before entering SA, fines do apply. 

***FRUIT FLY UPDATE JULY 2020***

Due to all the recent fruit fly outbreaks in Adelaide, you cannot bring any fresh fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Riverland, even with a receipt, if it was purchased in a current suspension zone. Many of these zones will be in place until December 2020.

PIRSA are updating the suspension zones regularly if there are new outbreaks, so you will need to check your suburb and just as importantly, where you purchase your produce at www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/fruit_fly_in_sa/fruit_fly_outbreaks

Gawler and the Barossa Valley are good places to shop if needed on your way here. However, you can bring cooked, processed, preserved, stewed, dried, frozen or canned fruit and vegetables, so this may be a good option too.

Useful links

Transfers

For transfers and tours we recommend:

Juggle House Experiences  www.jugglehouse.com.au   or telephone 0488 697 308.

Arrive in style aboard the Entertainer Limo and enjoy a fabulous Barossa Valley Tour on your way here or back to Adelaide. Caters for 4 - 11 people.

Looking for an extra activity when you are on your houseboat holiday? - again check out Juggle House Experiences and the delightful Kelly may be able to help with a tour personalised to your request.

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

Ezyway Mini Bus: www.ezywayminibus.com.au 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 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.

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 Waikerie, visit Waikerie Library and Visitor Centre, Strangman Road, Waikerie S.A Open: Mon – Fri 9am-6pm, Sat and Sun – 10.00am- 2.00pm 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 (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.

Miriam and Cosi!

Griffens' News 

September 2020

Thank you to everyone who has holidayed with us since we recommenced in June, and for booking holidays over the next few months. We are still in uncertain times, so please be assured our payment and cancellation policy is very flexible in case there are further restrictions. Fingers crossed SA stays safe and we can continue to welcome you all on board, and we can't wait to welcome our interstate guests back when borders reopen too!

Of course, the safety of your family and ours is paramount, and we will be following all health and safety measures to ensure we comply fully. We are also an Accredited COVID Clean Practicing Business. There will be a few changes made...but the peace, serenity, beauty and relaxation will be the same, maybe even better! We can't wait to get back out there again too.

The South Australian Tourism Commision have launched their "Welcome back" campaign and we would love to welcome you too.

With big open spaces, fresh air, and nature surrounding you - a houseboat holiday really is one of the best holidays you can have. The calming sensation of being near the water helps restore some balance in your lives and as Cosi says, "everyone should come and have a houseboat holiday on the Murray".

Now is the time to secure your dates for later in 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!

Every season is a favourite time to be on the river - the backwaters are brimming with life and there are so many birds around - it is always 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.

Take care everyone, and we look forward to seeing you.

With our best wishes Miriam & Co.

PLEASE NOTE:

Due to all the recent fruit fly outbreaks in Adelaide, you cannot bring any fresh fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Riverland, even with a receipt, if it was purchased in a current suspension zone.

PIRSA are updating the suspension zones regularly if there are new outbreaks, so you will need to check your suburb and just as importantly, where you purchase your produce at www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/fruit_fly_in_sa/fruit_fly_outbreaks