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 real country pubs 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 Caudo Vineyard if you are on a longer cruise.
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 night houseboat cruise
Day 1: Board your hire houseboat at 3.00pm and after full instruction, start to travel upstream for the night. Depending on the season, you could travel several hours to Donald Flat Lagoon in summer, but during the months where it is dark earlier, there are some great spots only half an hour or so from the marina. You are also welcome to spend your first night tied up at the marina if that suits you too.
Day 2: Enjoy a lovely morning travelling to the historic town of Morgan, tie up at the houseboat friendly area on the main riverfront above the ferry crossing, and wander around the wharf precinct. You will be amazed at the 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. Overnight mooring is also allowed.
Day 3 : Head back downstream and be captivated by the scenery and bird and wild life as you choose another great mooring spot for your last night.
Day 4: Wake up to the gentle lapping of the water, and cruise back to the marina by 9.30am so you can be off 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.The town of Cadell is about half an hour walk from the river, but if you are feeling active head into the town and enjoy a meal or drink at the friendly Cadell Club (open daily for afternoon drinks and Wednesday and Friday nights for meals, but please contact 8540 3286 to check times).
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 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 delightful 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 spectacular 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!