Sample Itinerary

Where to travel on your houseboat holiday

You travel upstream from Griffens Marina towards the historic town of Morgan, approximately 7 hours away, and discover one of Australia's earliest river ports. The town is a delight for anyone interested in museums, antiques and heritage walks, and it even has two hotels close to the river front for those wanting to dine out. You may choose to travel a little further upstream and visit the Cadell wetlands, featuring unique varieties of bottle brush, or venture up to Qualco and Lock 2.

Of course you may not even get as far as Morgan, as you unwind and just go where you want to go...

For your information, the marina is located upstream from Blanchetown around the 277km mark, Morgan is at 320 km and Waikerie at the 382km mark. The average cruising speed for houseboats is 6 - 7km per hour.

Sample itinerary for a 3 - 4 night houseboat cruise...

Day 1:  Board your hire houseboat at 3.00pm and after full instruction, travel upstream towards Donald Flat Lagoon for the night.

Day 2:  Enjoy a lovely morning travelling to the historic town of Morgan, tie up at the houseboat friendly areas, and wander around the wharf precinct. You will be amazed at the new Paddleboat Playground and make sure you drop into the Old Station Masters Residence which is now the Visitor Information Office and chat to the friendly staff as they point out the P.S. Canally and the historic Landseer Building, which is now a fabulous museum. If you have time, enjoy a meal at one of the two traditional country hotels, or grab a quick takeaway or ice cream.

Day 3 : Head back downstream and be captivated by the scenery and bird and wild life.

Day 4: Cruise back to the marina to be unloaded by 10.00am.

For a 7 night cruise

Day 1: Board your hire houseboat at 3.00pm and after full instruction, travel upstream towards Donald Flat Lagoon for the night.

Day 2:  Enjoy a lovely morning travelling to the historic town of Morgan, tie up at the houseboat friendly areas, and wander around the wharf precinct. You will be amazed at the new Paddleboat Playground and make sure you drop into the Old Station Masters Residence which is now the Visitor Information Office and chat to the friendly staff as they point out the PS Canally and the historic Landseer Building, which is now a fabulous museum. If you have time, enjoy a meal at one of the two traditional country hotels, or grab a quick take away or ice cream.

Day 3: Continue travelling upstream to Cadell and moor at the reserve below the ferry, and discover the delights of the native plants on display. If you feel like a walk, head into the town and enjoy a meal or drink at the very friendly Cadell Club.

Day 4: Travel up towards Hogwash Bend where you can moor at Caudo Vineyard in the special houseboat zone, and experience a stunning "on river" cellar door complete with local produce. It is recommended to ring ahead and check out what is happening, in case there is a private function.

OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK FROM 11AM TO 5PM,TUESDAY TO SUNDAY. Telephone JASMINE on 0418 715 661

Start to head back downstream for the evening.

Day 5:  Cruise back through Morgan however you may wish to stock up on supplies, or discover more of the lovely town.

Day 6:  Head downstream and discover the delightlful area around Murbko and Murbpook Lagoon.

Day 7: Spend the night at Donald Flat lagoon or cruise closer to the marina and tie up along the Roonka straight and witness the spectular setting sun on the cliffs.

Day 8: Be back at the marina by 9.30am to be fully unloaded by 10.00am.

What to do...

Tie up for the afternoon and throw a fishing line off the back of your houseboat, or lounge under the top deck canopy reading a book while sipping a glass of wine! For nature lovers there are a variety of river birds and wild life to view, and wetlands to explore - we can even hire you a kayak. Or you can just marvel at the majestic river red gums standing like sentinels at the edge of the river and the changing colours of the magnificent cliffs.

By the way...

The PS Pyap, built in 1896, operated as a hawking vessel along the Murray and used to tie up at our riverbank for the locals to come and buy goods from. You can still see the word Pyap engraved on the old river redgum next to the hire houseboats.

Just imagine you are a Riverboat Captain as you follow the same route as the old river barges and paddleboats... you may even tie up at one of their favoured spots!