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Best river front accommodation in the Riverland

From 5 star luxury villas and eco-conscious cottages to paddle boats and houseboats, river front accommodation has never been easier to find. Find the perfect home away from home for your visit.

By Lauren Burdett (on behalf of The Frames)

The Riverland is a region of South Australia that has a 250 kilometre (155 mile) section of the 600 kilometre (373 mile) long Murray River snaking through its landscape. A horticultural region known for citrus and grape production, there is also no shortage of river based experiences from canoeing, bushwalking, waterskiing, birdwatching and everyone’s favourite, wining and dining. The Riverland is growing in popularity for families but it is also a desirable destination for couples seeking a romantic getaway. 



The Frames Montage, Renmark, South Australia

Built overlooking the Murray River, three private villas have been designed as the ultimate escape for couples looking to relax and reconnect. The award winning self-contained retreats each feature a secluded balcony overlooking the river, spacious living and dining areas and private outdoor courtyards (with a luxurious heated pool). Each villa is slightly different in design, however they are all similar in quality of fit out, and feature king-sized electric beds with massage and tilt function, heated pool, spa, sauna and outdoor kitchens.

There is a range of experiences available to guests, including guided sunset and half-day river cruises and in-villa dining with a personal chef.


Pike River Eco VIllas - Lyrup

Redgum Luxury Eco Villas, Pike River, South Australia

The majestic views and natural surroundings will continue to lift your spirit and relax your mind. There are five fully self-contained eco villas available, each boasting panoramic views of the Pike River, and featuring sunken deck spas and luxurious bathroom and living areas. Some of the villas even feature star gazing ceilings. Each villa has a contemporary design and focuses on an open plan style of living with beautiful views from every aspect. 



Murray River Queen, Renmark, South Australia

One of the first tourist passenger paddle wheel boats to operate on the Murray River, the Murray River Queen is moored permanently at the historic town wharf in Renmark. The modern suites are surprisingly spacious, comfortable and showcase the beautiful views of the iconic Renmark riverfront. Also onboard the stationary paddle boat is a modern Thai restaurant and a regional cellar door showcasing locally produced wines made to a non-traditional style and alternative varietals.



River Murray Houseboats, Murtho, South Australia

Waking up to gaze out your window over unobstructed views of the Murray River is a true bucket list experience. Become the independent houseboat captain and seek out nightly mooring locations in beautiful and exclusive areas along the Murray River. River Murray Houseboats have five well-appointed boats in their fleet, sleeping a minimum of 4 to 10 people. This floating accommodation is great for groups of all sizes and is a hit with families. It’s a great way to continue the love affair with the Murray River and to experience camping but without the tents.




Wilkadene Above Renmark Houseboats, Renmark, South Australia

The historic Wilkadene Station is located north of Renmark and home to the iconic Woolshed Brewery and Wilkadene Homestead. A fleet of houseboats and a cottage are offered as accommodation options.

Wilkadene’s houseboats can be hired as ‘non drive’ meaning you can enjoy the houseboat style of living without having to cruise along the river. You can remain at the mooring site, a short walk from the brewery itself.

The Wilkadene Cottage is a modern self-contained three bedroom cottage, sleeping up to 6 people. Relax in the natural surrounds of the Murray River as you enjoy your stay in a historic venue.