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Murray River houseboat

Thursday, August 13, 2009
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.

Read Kelly's behind-the-scenes blog from the Murray for more


Mannum, a 100-minute drive from Adelaide.


Luxury Whitewater 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.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

White Marina
Box 403, PO
Mannum 5238
Ph: (08) 8569 2412

User comments
Hi, The phone number and email address is INCORRECT for WHITE MARINA. Please change the contact number to 0418 810 110 and the email address to brendan(a) Don't hesitate to contact me if you need further details. Regards Brendan Taylor 0418 810 110

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