SUGGESTED ITINERARY - 4 nights
We have put together a suggested itinerary for a four night hire taking in Murray Bridge, Avoca Dell, Greenbanks, Sunnyside and Mannum.
Allow the first hour for unloading, completing paperwork and instructions with our qualified staff. You are welcome to stay on-site at Riverglen Marina for the first night (or any other night) if you’re waiting for late arrivals or just need to chill out and get in the mood for some serious relaxation. Alternatively, you may wish to get on your way and start exploring our wonderful Murray River. If you are running out of daylight or just want to travel a short distance, there is a bush spot available at Monteith (about 20 mins from Riverglen Marina on the right hand side as you travel upstream). Further on you will pass Long Island and find Sturt Reserve at Murray Bridge. There’s plenty of mooring space here and easy access to Riverscape Restaurant and Murray Bridge Community Club - both offer great meals if you prefer to let someone else do the cooking. Sturt Reserve is about 1.5 hours travel from Riverglen Marina. Another alternative is Avoca Dell, just upstream from Murray Bridge (about 2 hours from Riverglen Marina). There’s a large area for mooring houseboats in front of a public reserve.
On your second day, you will travel further upstream past Greenbanks and Sunnyside – popular for water-skiing from the many riverfront ‘weekenders’. Further along there are extensive wetlands at Paiwalla Swamps. There is plentiful birdlife in this area for the avid birdwatchers – if this is your interest, consider hiring a kayak so you can really get up close. (Note; houseboats cannot be driven into backwaters). You will need to decide on whether you want to continue on to Mannum today or pull into one of the bush spots between Mypolonga and Ponde (we suggest 136km marker). Mannum offers museums – including the restored Marion paddlesteamer, hotels, clubs, cafes, bakeries, craft and secondhand stores for a browsing and shopping experience. A bush spot will offer a chance to go fishing or yabbying, bushwalking, swimming and birdwatching. Of course, all these options offer numerous photo opportunities.
Spend some time relaxing on the river and take in the views – be sure to get up early one morning to see the sun rise, they can be pretty spectacular on the river.
Retrace your steps towards Murray Bridge, to visit the towns downstream from Riverglen Marina. Tailem Bend and Wellington are home to the Ngarrindjeri people. Both towns boast beautiful scenery; with fishing, bird watching & photography opportunities. You’ll find hotels within walking distance from the river in both towns, offering great meals & local atmosphere.
Enjoy the spectacular cliffs & scenery as you make a short, easy return to Riverglen Marina on your final morning. A four night hire gives you a chance to relax & unwind as you enjoy the Murray River. With spectacular scenery you can only experience on the Big River – wetlands, cliffs, gum trees, wildlife, farmland. Apart from exploring the river towns, there’s ample opportunity for some river activities such as fishing, birdwatching, swimming, kayaking and water sports.
Once you’ve had a taste, you might like to consider returning for a seven night hire. This would give you the time to travel to the magnificent Big Bend cliffs and take a tour with Big Bend by Night to see wombats and kangaroos in their natural environment.