The Murray River is Australia's longest river. Stretching 2375km, it rises in the Australian Alps and, for most of its journey, meanders across inland plains. It forms the border between New South Wales and Victoria and ends at the mouth of Lake Alexandrina in South Australia.
Taking a houseboat along the Murray has been a popular pastime for a long time. Families, couples and larger groups of friends stock up on food and wine and head off for a floating break.
We asked Kelly Landry to check out one of two boats owned by Brendan and Lyn Taylor. The couple also manages seven other houseboats.
Kelly was very impressed when she saw the five-star Whitewater, also known as the Silver Boat. It accommodated up to 12 people in four to six bedrooms, complete with luxurious white linen. Four bedrooms have ensuite facilities. Decor is quite stunning and there are comfortable leather lounges. The craft's designer kitchen has granite benchtops and stainless-steel appliances, icemaker, dishwasher and coffee machine. There's even a washing machine and dryer.
Ducted air-conditioning goes to all rooms, there is a four-burner stainless-steel barbecue, closed-circuit television camera to the rear of the deck and LCD TV with DVD surround sound in each room and rear lounge.
There's a retractable electric boarding platform, a large rear swim deck with two ski boat Vs for easy towing, a large covered and carpeted sundeck and cedar gas heated spa.
Long gone are the days when taking out a houseboat was thought of as being uncool. Whitewater is like a floating five-star hotel.
Before you start out, Brendan gives instructions on handling and all about the mod cons on board. All you need is a car driver's licence and you're on your way.
Do as much or as little as you wish. You can visit riverside towns, or take a jet ski along with you for a bit of fun.
Mannum, a 100-minute drive from Adelaide
houseboat three-night weekend packages from $387 per person for eight people. All linen is included.
Virgin Blue has flights to Adelaide.
One-way fares from:
- Melbourne $69
- Sydney $129
- Brisbane and Perth $149
- Darwin $245
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at August 13, 2009, and are subject to change.
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