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Houseboating on the Murray River

Murray River & Coorong cruises and houseboats

Hire a houseboat or relax on a paddle steamer river cruise and explore the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region at your own pace. Find out more.

All in good time

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and relax on the Murray River. Choose your own path when you hire a houseboat. If you want to be pampered and let someone else take the wheel, join a two to seven night cruise on board a restored paddle wheeler or paddle steamer.

How's the serenity? Cruise down the Murray on a majestic houseboat

Cruise down the gentle Murray River at your own pace, taking-in the region's breathtaking scenery as you go. 

Houseboat heaven

You’ll find some of the most luxurious and well-equipped houseboats on the Murray River. Anyone over the age of 18 with a current driver’s licence can hire one and you’ll be given full instruction before you set out. 

Houseboats vary in size and fit out, sleeping from two to 12 people. Price and availability depend on the time of year, so plan ahead! Once on board, the river is your oyster, so take your time and enjoy the trip.

Rolling on the river

On the Murray River there are several paddle wheel and paddle steam boats offering cruises of between two and seven nights' duration. You’ll eat, sleep and be entertained on board while the captain stays at the helm.

The PS Marion, built in 1900, is a fully-restored heritage vessel. An original wood-fired, side-paddle steamer; it is usually docked at the Mannum Museum. It occasionally offers short cruises, which will give you a taste of a bygone era.

Houseboat holiday on the Murray River

Get away from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life by floating down the Murray River – Australia’s longest river. Cook a barbecue as ochre-coloured cliffs, river red gums and abundant wildlife pass you by. It's the perfect escape from city life.

Looking for a great holiday package in South Australia?

Whether it's cruising down the Murray River or indulging in Barossa's gourmet produce, NRMA Travel has the perfect holiday package for you.

What to do in the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Wondering what to do on the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong? With houseboats to big cats at Monarto Zoo, there's lots to explore. Find out more.