Murray River, Renmark

Take me to the river

It never occurred to me to go cruising on the Murray River in a houseboat –  until I did it. Now I’m scheming about how I can manage to do it again. We spent an hour and a bit one afternoon on a late-autumn day that felt like summer.

Murray River, Renmark

Our boat was one of Wilkadene Outback Star, luxuriuous. Three double bedrooms, huge deck on top, with a bar. Someone had thoughtfully stocked it with beers from Wilkadene Brewery. The river can be crowded with houseboats and water skiers in the summer, but we had it to almost all to ourselves, if you don’t count the pelicans.

Murray River, Renmark

The river is different colours at different times of the year, and this gorgeous milky jade is due to an algae – not a bad one.

Murray River, Renmark

The boat reaches max speed at a stately four kilometres an hour, so the river remains still, the wake rippling behind us like a breeze over silk.

Murray River cruise Can’t wait to do it again, for longer next time.


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