You may not have considered it before, but once you try luxury houseboats you will be back for more! Imagine grabbing a group of your best friends and spending a lovely week cruising the Murray River. All you need is a driver’s license to create your own perfect holiday! Houseboat hire is flexible, you choose where to go, what to do, where to stop for the night, etc. Your days consist of sightseeing and exploring and your nights for relaxing because a night cruise is not allowed. There is plenty to do on the river houseboats at night. Cooking, having a party, or experiencing the deep sleep you obtain while sleeping on the water.
Houseboat Hire on the Murray River – The Longest River in Australia!
So now you are seriously considering houseboat hire, imagine sitting in the spa and relaxing or having a BBQ. Doing all of this all and enjoying the beauty of the Murray River at the same time on a boat. Swimming, exploring, appreciating nature, sunbathing, sounds relaxing. It’s also an excellent way to spend quality time together with friends or family. I do want to mention we are pet-friendly so bring your furbaby along!
Murray River, being the longest in Australia gives you plenty of places to explore. There are stops along the way with areas to park made especially for river houseboats. For example pubs, places to eat, grocery shopping, etc. You can even rent kayaks and go kayaking while on your houseboat holidays!
River Cruises and a few FAQ’s You Might Want to Know
- Yes, Morgan is protected by the fruit fly zone. You cannot bring fruit or fruiting vegetables with you. You can only bring them with you if they were bought in South Australia with an atomized shop receipt.
- Houseboats are usually insured. Willful damage or negligent damage will be deducted from your bond.
- To hire a houseboat, you need to be 25 years of age and to drive one 18 years of age. You also need a valid drivers license.
- No night travel is allowed, and the boat should be moored well before sunset. Daytime is when river cruises are done.
- When traveling, you will move much quicker downstream than upstream. Calculate about twice the amount of time going upstream.
Things such as fuel and bond policies will vary from boat hire business to boathouse business. Policies will differ such as what times to board the houseboat and return the houseboat. Also what the boat provides and does not provide, so you know what to bring.
Foxtale Houseboats – My Pride and Joy!
Now that you are all excited about the houseboat holidays I am proud to tell you about my boat hire business, Foxtale Houseboats! Two people own this houseboat business. We named it Foxtale, after the French tale “Reynard the Fox.” That is because my name is John Reynolds, one of the owners. We have been in business 20 years so you can feel secure with us. No company stays in business so long without having a great product and integrity.
Our location is in the Township of Morgan, a 2-hour drive from the city centre. The ride is scenic and shows you a quieter part of the river. Perfect for getting excited about your holiday!
We have found boats of different sizes to fit your needs and budget. One houseboat even has a spa! Perfect for enjoying a glass of wine while listening to music while moored up for the night! The scenery is spectacular, upstream or downstream. We have maps available for you. Remember it takes twice as long to travel upstream as it does downstream. If you cruise at a leisurely 2500 to 3000 rpm, you will be moving at about 8 kilometers per hour. Most of our hires spend the day touring and then find a nice spot to moor for the night. Night time is a very relaxing and unique time to enjoy the serenity the Murray River has to offer.
The nice think about booking a houseboat is you are in control of the vessel, and you can go and do what you want. Police patrol the Murray River for drinking and driving so be responsible if you are the driver. We recommend booking your houseboat for a week. A weekend is not long enough to fully enjoy the experience. As soon as you get somewhere before you know it it’s time to turn around and come back.