Murray River Visitor Guide : Murray River Visitor Guide 2016
10 themurrayriver.com | cruising the murray GREEN & GOLD HOUSEBOATS WAIKERIE Explore quiet stretches of river at your leisure and experience a diverse range of scenery – from cliffs to conservation parks. A Green & Gold Houseboat is an affordable getaway. Advertisement on page 36 Phone: (08) 8541 2001 www.greenandgoldhouseboats.com.au RENMARK PARINGA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Home to the PS Industry. View the heritage paddle steamer moored on the riverfront behind the centre. Cruises are offered at regular intervals throughout the year. Advertisement on page 35 www.visitrenmark.com Cruising the MURRAY From luxurious houseboats to historic paddle steamers and gentle kayaks, you’ll find plenty of different ways to explore Australia’s most iconic river system. Whether you spend a leisurely few days on a famous Murray River houseboat, hop aboard an organised cruise, embark on a historic paddle steamer journey or paddle a kayak along the quiet backwaters and into the pristine wetlands, there’s fun to be had whatever water-based activity you prefer. Those with limited time should consider one of the many short cruises available, with tour companies operating out of Mannum, Murray Bridge, Berri, Kingston-on-Murray and Waikerie. Let someone who really knows these waters introduce you to the mighty Murray River – both short excursions and multi-day cruises are available. Cruise the Coorong and Spirit of the Coorong offer short cruises from Goolwa into Coorong National Park. Murray River Run offers a range of cruises along almost the whole length of the Murray River and Rivergum Cruises in Waikerie offer cruises which include wine tasting experiences. At Renmark and Berri you can hop into a canoe (canoe hire is available at both towns) and experience the tranquillity of the Riverland’s peaceful backwaters. Witness an abundance of birdlife on one of the signature sunrise or sunset tours. For something a little more fast- paced, take an airboat ride in Berri and explore the area's various creeks and backwaters. One of the most popular ways to cruise the Murray River is to hire a houseboat. Offering both accommodation and transport, these purpose-built vessels give you the freedom to explore the wide stretches of the river’s dynamic scenery in pure comfort and relaxation. At day’s end you can moor near a sandy beach and cook up your catch. Catering for two to 12 people, there’s a houseboat to suit every taste and budget. Most are luxuriously appointed, complete with sun decks, entertainment systems, modern kitchens, bathrooms and even spas. Without a doubt, a houseboat holiday is the finest way to experience the true serenity and beauty of the magnificent Murray River. Houseboat hire is available in most towns along the Murray River and anyone 18 and over who holds a valid driver’s licence can hire one. No prior boating experience is required. Full tuition is provided prior to departure, along with information on river conditions, mooring locations, boating rules and etiquette. Water ways maps and charts are available from Visitor Information Centres. Before you go, stock up on provisions unless you’ve enlisted the services of a private chef. Costs and availability vary according to the season, so book well in advance. For more information, contact the Houseboat Hirers Association on 1300 665 122 or visit www.houseboatbookings.com Paddle steamers are another impressive sight along the Murray River. Both the Proud Mary and PS Marion offer short cruises throughout the year and more elaborate overnight expeditions. Book in advance for a three hour lunch cruise on Captain Proud, operating most days from Murray Bridge. Other historic vessels on the river include the PS Industry at Renmark and the PS Murray Princess. Big Bend by Night also offer a range of nature based tours including their Nocturnal Tour where you can see native animals such as kangaroos, wombats, bats and owls feed at night.