Murray River Escapes

  • Create magical memories with your families and friends
  • Perfect for private groups ranging from 4 to 12 people
  • Cruise and relax while our guide moors your luxury houseboat in spectacular surrounds
  • Sit back and let each meandering bend on the river help you adjust to rivertime
  • Enjoy a new adventure each day when our guides collect you to experience the best of our regional food, wine, and nature
  • Discover the Riverland’s outstanding coffee roasters, winemakers, distillers, and brewers
  • Reward yourself for a walk and a paddle when a local chef comes aboard and creates a special occasion
  • Choose from our most popular 3, 4 or 5 night itineraries
Location Renmark, South Australia
Dates October to April
Accommodation Luxury houseboat
Cruise with an experienced local guide Up to 3 hours/day
Meals Self-Catered, one Chef Aboard dinner included
Refreshments Complimentary Riverland wine and food hamper
Duration 3, 4 or 5 nights
From $1,400 per person
I would like to thank the team at Murray River Trails for their attention to detail piecing together a remarkable journey and a wonderful experience of wilderness, food, wine/brandy, and history of the Riverland. We loved it.
Heath, October 2020, SA


Option 1 - Escape to the river

Houseboat holidays are an iconic holiday experience on the Murray River. Favoured by families and groups of friends, they are the perfect way for private groups to Escape To The River, slow down, and spend time connecting with one another and nature.

Our Murray River Escapes journeys have been designed to help you easily experience the best of the river & the Riverland by including the following.

  • An experienced local guide who will help you find the perfect nightly mooring site is our way of sharing our immense knowledge of this river system.
  • A complimentary Riverland Wine Pack and Riverland Gourmet Produce Pack is included in your tour package and will be waiting for you on arrival.
  • Your modern houseboat accommodation is purpose fitted for groups and features 5 double rooms, 2 bathrooms, large lounge and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen, top deck spa and swim deck for enjoying the afternoon sunset.
  • We also include the cost of all fuel to operate the houseboat engine and generator, together with free secure car parking for the duration of your journey.
  • At your request, we can also include up to 2 double canoes (with paddles and personal flotation devices) on the houseboat.

This is a self-catered experience and you will need to arrange all food and beverages. You will also need to arrange all recreational equipment (fishing rods, tackle).

How you decide to spend each day of your holiday is completely up to you and you can view a full list of experiences in the download list on your right ‘Option 1 – Daily Ideas’

Option 2 - Escape on and off the river

In addition to cruising peacefully along the river each day with your experienced local guide, you can choose from one of our tailored itineraries which include a mix of bush walking, paddling and dining experiences. These itineraries have been developed to make the most of your on river experience while still allowing your group plenty of time to relax by the river, throw in a fishing line or set up an easel and paints to capture this inspiring landscape.

For the explorer or those just wanting a better understanding of this beautiful ecosystem, you can get off the beaten track on a bush walk with our knowledgeable guides or navigate the backwaters by canoe.

Each of our set itineraries includes a night with a local chef who will be dropped off to prepare 3 courses for you, the perfect way to cap a memorable trip on the Murray.

To further satisfy your taste buds we have a wine and spirits tour to show case the best of the new and old this region has to offer, the experience takes you off river for the day to explore the region. For those wanting to take a more laid back approach we can drop you by river at the woolshed brewery for an afternoon. The “brewery with a view” has a range of tasty beers with a history that make for a setting even a teetotaler can enjoy.


Lodge Style Accommodation

Your accommodation is a houseboat that sleeps up to 10 guests.

Houseboats provide spectacular views of the river from every angle.

More information about your houseboat accommodation

Your houseboat is equipped with a modern kitchen, comfortable dining and lounge areas, 2 bathrooms with hot showers, a swim deck and a top deck area with hot spa.

All linen is provided.

This is a self-catered experience and you will need to organise your food & beverages for the journey. Please let us know if you’d like some suggestions on how to plan for this. The houseboat has a generous fridge/freezer and an additional chest freezer on board.

Ready to book?

From $1,400 per person
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the experienced local guide do?

The experienced local guide will assist you moor the houseboat in the best locations, interpret the landscape, and share knowledge of the river system.

What if we have an emergency on Board?

If there is health related emergency we are contactable 24/7. Prior to departure we will discuss an Emergency Response Plan with you.

Can I drive the houseboat?

Yes, under the supervision of our experience local guide.

Can you arrange canoe hire?

We can provide up to 2 double canoes included in the package price at your request. We would also encourage you to consider our guided canoeing activity where the whole group can explore the scenic Woolenook Bend backwaters.

Can we hire powered boats as well?

Please discuss your requirements with us.

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Booking Enquiries

If you would like more information about our popular 3, 4 or 5 night Escape itineraries, or you would like to check available dates, please complete the form below and we will be in touch soon to help you start planning your Murray River Escape.

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