Murray Bridge was never on our list of ‘must see’ travel destinations. Our relatives had pre-planned a family House Boat Cruise on the Murray River, so a stop at Murray Bridge was added to the itinerary. As it turns out this destination goes on our list of favorites and it’s one place we’d definitely like to return to someday.
While there is not a lot on offer in the quaint riverside villages, our reason for loving this destination is that it connects us to the Murray River. Cruising this historically significant, picturesque river is a quintessential Australian experience that should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
The best part is how accessible it is by small plane. Airport transfers are available from the Murray Bridge Aerodrome with various tour operators.
You can view our video of our time on the Murray River here.
Murray River Houseboat
There are a number tour operators in Mannum and Murray Bridge offering a range of boating experiences. We chose to hire a houseboat with Unforgettable Houseboats.
The Unforgettable fleet come in a range of sizes and styles to suit your group size and budget. We were more than impressed with the standard of their houseboats and their exceptional customer service, we couldn’t recommend them more highly. We hired Houseboat 11 which allowed plenty of space for the 12 passengers we had onboard.
The advantage of hiring a houseboat is that you can travel at your own pace and go where you want to go. No boat license or experience is required, as long as you have a drivers license you can hire a houseboat.
The most popular activities on the Murray include fishing, water skiing, exploring some of the xxx by canoe, bushwalking and relaxing while enjoying the animal and birdlife.
Where: 69 River Lane, Mannum, SA
Tips: Airport Transfers from Murray Bridge can be arranged with prior notice
More Info: http://www.houseboats.com.au
Other tour operators on the Murray:
If you prefer someone else to be your captain, and share a few stories along the way, a cruise on the Proud Mary might be a suitable option. They offer 2 and 5-night cruises all year round.
Where: Murray Cods Drive, Murray Bridge, SA
More Info: http://proudmary.com.au
The Murray Bridge Airfield (Pallamana Aerodrome) is located approximately 8km’s from Murray Bridge and 25km’s from Mannum.
Murray Bridge offers major supermarkets, a good range of specialty stores, and a small selection of take-away food outlets, and restaurants.
Mannum has a reasonable selection of dining options, as well as an IGA supermarket.
If you are hiring a houseboat there is no need to bring any food with you! All of the shops are accessible from the waterfront in Mannum. You can park your boat right near the supermarket and fill it with just about everything you could want. After leaving Mannum there is not very much available from the other small riverside towns, but you will be able to pick up the basics like milk and bread.
If cooking isn’t your thing, you can always hire a chef!
Have you visited Murray Bridge?
Let us know what things you enjoy doing on the Murray River.