The magical Murray River is a popular destination for houseboat holidays and offers a wide variety of mooring locations to choose from. From serene and secluded spots to bustling towns with plenty of amenities, there is something for everyone.
Some popular mooring locations along the Murray River include historic towns like Mannum and Renmark, where guests can explore local museums, shops, and restaurants. For those seeking a more secluded experience, there are plenty of quiet spots to moor along the riverbank, surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife.
The Murray River also offers a range of water-based activities, including fishing, waterskiing, and kayaking. Guests can moor their houseboats in locations that are convenient for these activities, such as areas with calm waters or nearby boat ramps.
No matter where guests choose to moor their houseboat along the Murray River, they are sure to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquillity of this iconic Australian waterway.
Houseboats can be temporarily moored on Crown land for up to 21 days, but permanent mooring is only permitted with authorisation or in designated marinas. Some parts of the river are under freehold title and require landowner permission for mooring. Local councils may close dedicated Crown land due to changing water levels.
It’s essential to regularly check mooring ropes and avoid mooring to trees as they may collapse due to softened ground or erosion caused by floodwaters. Recovery and re-floating of stranded houseboats are the owner’s responsibility, and permission is required for vessels stranded for more than 21 days.
Mooring to existing structures may result in damage for which the owner is liable. Private land may require permission to moor.
When parking next to another houseboat
- Allow 30 meters between each vessel; this assists with the houseboat safety for reversing from the river bank
- Every houseboat requires distance next to another vessel in case the rear of the houseboat moves sidewards when reversing in front of the river bank
- Moving the boat sideways is sometimes required to reverse the boat in front of the river bank if the boat is beached
- The wind or current may move the houseboat sideways so a distance between each boat is important
- Human strength will not be able to fend off the houseboat from hitting each other
- All front hatches need to remain closed when not in operation