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 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

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. However, fruit and vegetables purchased within SA from a supermarket, green grocer or Adelaide Central Market are allowed, provided you have a valid receipt to verify purchase.

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

Useful links


For transfers and tours we recommend:

Juggle House Experiences   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: 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

Tourist Information

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

For more information on South Australia, visit

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:

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.

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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