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There’s nothing like getting on the river and going with the flow. A houseboat holiday is a great way of seeing parts of the river you couldn’t get to with a car and it can be surprisingly affordable. If you’d prefer to have someone else navigate, the region has plenty of cruising options, including the river’s biggest, most beautiful lady, the Murray Princess. For the more adventurous, there’s jetskiing, canoeing and kayaking too.

Houseboating

Arguably the best way to experience the Murray River Lakes & Coorong is on the water. A driver’s licence is all that’s required to rent a houseboat and the rental company will provide you with an induction to your houseboat and its special features.

Imagine lounging on the sundeck as you cruise along the Murray River, passing ancient ochre cliffs, towering gum trees and abundant bird life. Or finding a quiet section of riverbank, stoking up the BBQ and feasting on the fish you’ve caught earlier that day as the sun sets over the water.  It’s the ideal way to spend time with family and friends, to relax and rejuvenate and to experience the changing scenery of the River Murray.

Houseboating

Paddle Steamers

Paddle steamers and paddle boats have been on the Murray River and in the Murray-Darling Basin since 1853, when William Randell launched the first steamer, the P.S. Mary Ann, near Mannum. Today the Murray River Lakes & Coorong is home to several of these historic vessels, all lovingly restored to their former glory thanks to many dedicated volunteers. Get a real feel for this bygone romantic steam era by taking a cruise on one of these majestic vessels. You can find them at Mannum, Murray Bridge and Goolwa.

Paddle Steamers

Cruises

Cruising the river is a magic experience and there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to get out on the river in vessels both large and small.

Cruises

Canoeing

There's nothing like getting out on the water and truly experiencing the Murray River at its finest. One of the best ways to do this is to hire a canoe or a kayak and paddle! Head down the mainstream Mighty Murray River and marvel at the ever-changing landscape as you glide. Make sure you explore the backwaters and lagoons too, where you will be rewarded with prolific bird life. The Herman Gass bird sanctuary just out of Mannum is a popular spot for canoers or you can venture on the “Canoe the Rec Trail” course.

Canoeing