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The SA Riverland has more sunny days than the Sunshine Coast. Guests will remember the majestic river sunsets and sunrises, plus the internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserve that provides the best stargazing spot in Australia.

Enjoy the convenience of Riverglen Marina being the closest SA hire/drive marina to Adelaide or Melbourne. There have been significant changes in the SA fruit fly legislation, so there will be fines if you bring any fruit onto houseboats from Mannum to Renmark. It is now illegal to purchase any fruit in Mannum and drive to Kia Marina with a receipt of purchase.

If you are boarding a houseboat in Mannum and are planning to head upstream, you will not be allowed to travel with fruit into the red zone that starts at Kia Marina, a few kilometres upstream from Mannum. If you are boarding at Riverglen and heading upstream past Kia Marina, you will need to have consumed your fruit before the start of the red zone.

We want to protect the Riverland and we want you to as well.

Formerly based in Renmark, where she was booked out 75% of the time (prior to our renovation), she has moved to a new home at the heart of RiverGlen Marina. Coined as the boat lovers’ paradise, the RiverGlen Marina is a full-service marina that offers a variety of riverfront and basin accommodations.

Wow Factor is the only hire/drive houseboat moored at Riverglen, which is the closest South Australian hire/drive houseboat marina to Melbourne or Adelaide. Driving 3 hours to Renmark from Adelaide or 8 hours from Melbourne dilutes the Wow Factor holiday memories.

With COVID and now significant restrictions regarding the new fruit fly legislation and fines, travelling between Mannum and Renmark on a car or on a houseboat with fruit on board, plus the travel time, reduces the Wow Factor experiences, but the choice is yours!