Murray River, Echuca, VIC
From slow food to high-speed adventure, a houseboat holiday down Australia's mighty Murray River has something for everyone. Kids and captains alike will love discovering the Murray, which winds between New South Wales and Victoria, then through South Australia to the ocean. Moor at secluded beaches or at historic riverside towns such as Echuca-Moama, Mildura, Swan Hill, Renmark and Loxton. Enjoy leisurely indulgence at the restaurants, wineries and golf courses. Or embrace one of the Murray's many natural adventures. Learn to water ski, canoe the lagoons, bird-watch in the wetlands and bushwalk through the red gum forests.
A holiday and journey in one, houseboating is ideal for families and groups of friends. You can savour the sunshine and scenery, while enjoying all the conveniences of a fully-equipped home. Someone from the hire company will give you a driving lesson on arrival, and all you need is an international drivers or motorbike licence. You can hire houseboats from most of the bigger towns along the Murray River, all accessible from either Melbourne or Adelaide.