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Houseboat - where to hire from (SA or VIC)?

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Houseboat - where to hire from (SA or VIC)?


It will be our very first experience on a houseboat and my husband and I will be travelling with our 3 little ones (5 and under). Whilst we look forward to the tranquility of the river, we also want to ensure there are places for us to stop a couple of times a day for our little ones onshore (maybe for food or sightseeing). We are planning to spend 3-4 days on the river in May 2014 and need advice on where should we hire the houseboat from, ie our starting point, and where we should head towards. We would appreciate any advice on which companies to hire from. We are looking for mid to luxury boathouses and our two main concerns are child friendly and safety.

Thank you!

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11. Re: Houseboat - where to hire from (SA or VIC)?

There is no way I would take young children under school age on a houseboat. Children have drowned in the murray just standing on the edge and falling in., while camping. However if thats your choice, you can catch the train up to echuca and go on some short boat trips on the river. Houseboats are generally for large groups of adults or families...they are not ideally a childrens holiday...kids would be bored after a few hours. There are also problems driving the boats if you get stuck on a snag- which is a sunken tree or log.

Anyway thats my advice australia has so much more to offer young children.

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12. Re: Houseboat - where to hire from (SA or VIC)?

we take our young children on a houseboat quite often they love it we go from Kia Marina out of Mannum

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13. Re: Houseboat - where to hire from (SA or VIC)?

There are simple rules for children on a houseboat .. if they can't swim they aren't outside without a lifejacket on. The doors of the houseboat can be locked and the houseboats generally have childproof barriers so kids can't climb up or fall overboard. If your children are well disciplined and you are able to keep watch on them I don't think there's need to panic. Just be aware of the risks. There are not really any "creatures" to bother about in the water...yes.. there are fish and snakes but they are more scared of people and stay away in any case. I always suggest hiring from Mannum or further upriver. My favourite place to hire is upstream from Blanchetown but that's because there are generally less boats up that way.

I haven't seen the river at Echuca but I'm pretty sure that the waterway is wider from the SA border as it heads south, there's a reason why so many houseboat hire operators are in South Australia and less over the border. Houseboats are easy to drive and a wonderful family holiday. Many South Australian familes with children of all ages have grown up/around/on the Murray river. Catastophes generally only occur when common sense is absent.

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