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Murray River South Australia

16 March 2011

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Known for its birds, wildlife and magnificent ochre colours, the Murray River is South Australia’s major waterway and is just 1 hour’s drive from Adelaide at its closest point. Indulge in a tranquil and relaxing holiday with a difference – explore the Murray from an Unforgettable Houseboat or paddle steamer cruise.

Ancient limestone cliffs, graceful River red gums, lush vineyards and citrus groves are hallmarks of the northern section, while large tracts of native bush, towering ochre cliffs and historic towns characterise the lower regions. If you’ve ever dreamt of captaining your own houseboat, steering it down a mighty river, and of course having your friends and family along for the ride, then now is the time for an Unforgettable Houseboat holiday! Cruising on one of these fabulous ‘floating baches’ is a great way to enjoy the panoramic views along the Murray River. Whether cooking a meal in the gourmet kitchen (complete with dishwasher and microwave) or a BBQ on the front deck, relaxing in the Jacuzzi or your king or queen size cabin with ensuite bathroom, you’ll enjoy all the comforts of home.

While in Adelaide, don’t forget to stop at the Central Market before making your way out to the River, stock up on all your supplies like local cheese, meat, read, dips and wine! Or if you’re short on time, Unforgettable Houseboats will stock the houseboat ready for your arrival! First time hirers are often amazed at how easy a houseboat is to handle, believe it or not all you need is a standard driver’s license. Once you have been shown the ropes by your licensed operator you’re ready to cruise off down the river. But you won’t be confined to your houseboat, why not let Unforgettable Houseboats pick you up and take you wine tasting in the Barossa, or go for a round of golf at the local courses before being dropped back that evening. Alternatively, make use of the fishing gear, kayaks and jet skies for hire and explore the Murray River backwaters.

Whether relaxing with an escorted river cruise on the historic PS Murray Princess paddle wheeler or the boutique MV Expedition, or captaining your own houseboat, you’ll be relaxed and recharged after a holiday on South Australia’s Murray River.

For more information on Unforgettable Houseboats, Captain Cook’s Murray Princess or the MV Expedition, call in and see the friendly team at McIntosh Travel.

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