Houseboat cruise at approximately 6-8 km per hour and most people would travel between 4-5 hours per day. All houseboats must be moored by sunset and not sail before sunrise.
Following is a sample itinerary which may be of assistance to you in your planning for a standard 7 night hire.
Board your houseboat at 2pm. Once settled in and a “Captain” has been selected we will take you through the boat and show you where everything is, how it works and teach you to drive it. You can then head off and start your journey along the river and tie up before sunset.
The Gol Gol Hotel is a one hour drive upstream and provides excellent moorings. Walk up the hill and dine indoors or outdoor alfresco.
Located on the opposite side of the river from the Gol Gol Hotel is Riverside Golf Course. After mooring, take a short stroll up the bank and you will come across the 11th fairway. Follow this back towards the Club House & Pro Shop. Moorings are available there or anywhere along the river bank that is clear of trees/snags.
Travel from Gol Gol upstream to Trentham Estate Winery, approximately 1 hour where good moorings are available. Trentham Estate Winery offer restaurant dining or alfresco on the balcony. Enjoy a culinary experience that is fresh, simple and modern with a touch of class. Lunch available available Tuesday – Sunday with wine tastings available. Wander further upstream or moor along the river and enjoy fishing, waterskiing, bushwalking etc.
Day 4 – 6
Travel up to Psyche Bend Pumps, approximately 30 minutes upstream from Trentham Winery. These pumps were originally built in 1891 by the Chaffey brothers to meet the needs of the local irrigation settlement and is a must visit during your journey on the River Murray.
Head upstream for another 30 minutes to where Monak Wine Co is and moor right outside. This is a good opportunity to stock up for happy hour on your boat deck!
Another 30 minutes is the end of our section of navigable river where the Lindemans Winery used to be.
Return on the afternoon of Day 6 to the Gol Gol Hotel area for your overnight stay.
Travel back downstream to the mooring site to disembark by 9.00am.
Board houseboat at 2pm. Once settled in and a Captain has been selected we will take you through the boat and show you where everything is, how it works and teach you to drive and moor the boat. You can then head off and start your journey along the river. From the mooring sites to travel downstream you first need to pass through *Lock 11.
The last opening of the lock is approximately 4.00pm each day. Once you have passed through the lock travel further down stream and find a suitable mooring site for the night.
* All houseboats are guided through the lock by a crew member from All Seasons Houseboats.
Travel downstream towards Coomealla, approximately 5 hours sailing from Lock 11. Mooring is available at the Coomealla Golf Club. While there tee off on a challenging and enjoyable round of golf or head to the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club for lunch or dinner.
Travel downstream to Wentworth, approximately 2-3 hours. Here you will leave the Murray River and join the Darling River.
Good moorings available at the services club and just prior to the bridge. Wentworth has plenty to offer, from the services club for meals and pokies, to the historic Old Wentworth Gaol, local museum and the Perry Sand Hills.
Day 4 – 6
Wander further upstream exploring the Darling River enjoying the fishing, waterskiing bushwalking etc before returning back to the mouth of the Darling and joining the Murray River. Travel back upstream towards Mildura. Located at Merbein approximately 3 hours from Mildura (or 5 hours upstream from Wentworth) is the Chaffey Lookout. Good moorings available here, simply follow the staircase up the bank.
Return though Lock 11 on the half hour on the afternoon of Day 6. You can either motor upstream and moor at the Gol Gol Hotel and dine there for evening or moor back at the mooring site.
Travel back downstream to the mooring site to disembark by 9.00am
Travel into town and moor at Ornamental Lakes. Walk into town for a meal or sight seeing. Alternatively, travel upstream to Gol Gol Hotel, moor at their moorings and enjoy a meal in the restaurant or enjoy alfresco dining.
Travel to Trentham Estate Winery which is a leisurely 1.5 to 2 hour cruise. Enjoy a restaurant lunch or BBQ lunch, cheese platters and wine tastings. Bookings advisable in busy times.
For your second night, cruise for an hour or so up to Red Cliffs or Monak Wine Co which is 30 minutes further on. You’ll find plenty of spots along the river bank to moor at.
Travel back to Gol Gol for your third night and be ready for your departure on day 4 at the Marina by 9:00am.