Welcome to your guide for Australia’s Murray River houseboat riverscapes experiences

We’ve always believed the enjoyment of houseboating is the Murray River’s beauty. A peaceful and majestic river, amazing scenery and wildlife, great family and friends in your own space at your own pace. The Murray River is a big river system, so if you’re new to our part of the world or would like to experience something different we’re here to help you get the best from your Murray River houseboat holiday.

Discover Murray River has presented here to you Australia’s Murray River journey based on the ever changing landscapes or the river system. It’s no doubt that the Murray River is one of the world’s leading and most recognised houseboat destinations and offers visitors everything possible for a great Australia escape. The every changing river landscapes of the Murray River range from The Mountains (houseboats not available in the Mountains), through to Steep Banks & River Gums, the Mallee and Outback, Golden Limestone Cliffs and finally Plains, Lakes and Coorong.

This guide aims to give you more information for your houseboating experience based on the riverscapes, houseboat choices, attractions, towns and seasons. All Murray River regions offer something special, something interesting and guaranteed, great lifelong memories to enjoy. It’s just a matter of what you’re looking for and how far you want to travel for the unique Murray River experience. Click here for our frequently asked houseboat questions.

One of the best things about a Murray River houseboat holiday is it’s accessibility to Melbourne, Victoria and Adelaide, South Australia. Within 1 hour of Adelaide you can be on the back of your boat, with a cold drink, ready to kick back and relax or just 2.5 hours from Melbourne. If you’ve got a bit of time to travel, the really unique riverscapes and solitude are in the remote areas away from the close city river based towns, you’ll just need to go a bit further to get the river to yourself.

Steep Banks and River Red Gums small Discover Murray Houseboats map

Riverscape

Tight river with steep river banks and some large open sections of the river. Beaches, River Red Gums crowding the banks. River flows fast in some sections.

Towns

Victoria/New South Wales Echuca Moama Melbourne 2.5 hours
Adelaide 8 hours
Sydney 9.5 hours
Canberra 7 hours

Attractions

Historic riverport of Echuca. Cosmopolitan town with lots of things to do in the region for all budgets and tastes. Very popular and busy in summer.

Seasons – guide
Echuca Moama

Spring (Sept-Nov)
22° max – 8.7° min
Sunshine 7.7 hrs
Summer (Dec-Feb)
30° max – 14.4° min
Sunshine 9.9 hrs
Autumn (Mar-May)
22° max – 9.7° min Sunshine 6.9 hrs
Winter (Jun-Aug)
14.5° max – 4.2° min
Sunshine 4.7

Houseboats

Houseboats range from Luxury to Budget to suit all budgets. No houseboats above Echuca Moama.

Outback and Mallee small Discover Murray Houseboats map

Riverscape

Large open sections of the Murray River. Weir pool at Mildura and Wentworth. Lots of places to moor. Some beaches in the region.

Towns

Victoria & NSW: Sydney 10 hours Mildura, Wentworth Melbourne 6 hours
Adelaide 4 hours
Canberra 9.5 hours
Sydney 11 hours
Broken Hill 3 hours
South Australia: Paringa, Renmark, Berri, Moorook Adelaide 2 – 3.5 hours
Melbourne 8 hours
Sydney 12.5 hours
Broken Hill 4 hours

Attractions

Region offers lots to experience. On the edge of the outback region and world famous Mungo National Park (140km inland). Mildura is very cosmopolitan city. Wentworth is the junction between Murray and Darling Rivers. Region is rich in culture and national parks. South Australian region extends across Riverland.

Seasons – guide
Mildura

Spring (Sept-Nov)
24° max – 10° min
Sunshine 8.9 hrs
Summer (Dec-Feb)
31° max – 15° min
Sunshine 10.1 hrs
Autumn (Mar-May)
23° max – 8° min Sunshine 7.9 hrs
Winter (Jun-Aug)
16° max – 6° min
Sunshine 5.7 hrs

Houseboats

Houseboats range from Luxury to Budget to suit all budgets.

Golden Limestone cliffs small Discover Murray Houseboats map

Riverscape

Large open river yet sections of massive fossilised limestone cliffs. Some beaches. River levels locked in with weir pools.

Towns

South Australia Kingston-on-Murray, Waikerie, Morgan, Blanchetown, Mannum Adelaide 1.25-1.75 hours
Barossa Valley 30min-1.5 hour
Melbourne 7-8 hours

Attractions

Region offers a range of smaller attractions. Region is spread apart averaging 40-50km between towns.

Seasons – guide
Waikerie

Spring (Sept-Nov)
24° max – 10° min
Sunshine 9.2 hrs
Summer (Dec-Feb)
31° max – 14.5° min
Sunshine 10.8 hrs
Autumn (Mar-May)
24.5° max – 10.5° min Sunshine 7.9 hrs
Winter (Jun-Aug)
17° max – 6° min
Sunshine 7 hrs

Houseboats

Houseboats range from Luxury to Budget to suit all budgets.

Plains, Lakes and Coorong small Discover Murray Houseboats map

Riverscape

River changes shape as it enters the plains. Large willow trees line the banks. Cliffs become smaller and rounded.

Towns

South Australia Mannum, Murray Bridge,
Adelaide 1 to 1.25 hours
Barossa Valley 1 hour
Melbourne 7 hours

Attractions

Region accessible via South Eastern freeway. Range of attractions and close to Fleurieu Peninsula.

Seasons – guide
Murray Bridge

Spring (Sept-Nov)
22° max – 9 ° min
Sunshine n/a
Summer (Dec-Feb)
28.5° max – 14° min
Sunshine n/a
Autumn (Mar-May)
23° max – 10.5° min Sunshine n/a
Winter (Jun-Aug)
16.5° max – 6° min
Sunshine n/a

Houseboats

Houseboats range from Luxury to Budget to suit all budgets. No houseboats available beyond Murray Bridge.

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