Murray River Escapes are small group houseboat holidays on Australia's greatest river, self-catered with customised itineraries. We will guide you each day to the best locations so that you can experience the meandering bends in the river, relax and enjoy the scenery. If you love your mooring so much, we can leave you there for an extra day or more. If you wish, we will help you to customise your itinerary by organising several on-river and off-river activities including a brandy, wine and spirits tour or a chef coming aboard to prepare a three course meal paired with local wines. We will also provide an experienced guide for all transfers on and off the river, to and from your activities. Murray River Escapes are perfect for private groups ranging from 4 to 10 people.
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, although we can assist you with this upon request. 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, our Escape On and Off the River experience allows you to tailor an itinerary of daily activities to suit the groups interests. We will work with you to customise an itinerary of guided and hosted activities on and off the river. We will collect you from the houseboat and return you each day. If you wish, you can choose to spend some days on the river relaxing, and on other days we can take you off the houseboat to explore our fabulous region. Final pricing will depend on the agreed group itinerary. Suggested itineraries include: Nature based experiences, such as a 2 to 4 hour guided canoe tour, a 5km guided Aboriginal cultural walk, an inland lakes birdwatching safari, or a cruise through the Chowilla Environmental Weir to learn about environmental watering in the Murray Darling Basin. Food experiences, such as a native food masterclass on board, a brandy, wine and spirit tour or a tour and lunch at a local award-winning microbrewery are all available. If you are celebrating a milestone or just feeling like a break from cooking, we can arrange for a chef to come aboard and cook you a superb 3 course meal, or for a local winemaker to come on board to help you discover the innovative world of Riverland wine.