0419 838 749 info@rivertonic.com.au
Are Houseboats hard to drive?

We will take you through the operation of the boat and answer any questions before you leave the bank. We will give you practical instruction on all aspects of driving so you have complete confidence and are relaxed for your holiday.

Do I need a licence to drive a houseboat?

All you need is a full and current car licence and be over the age of 21 years.

What if I need to contact you while we are away?

Base contact is available 24 hours a day by mobile phone or by using the two-way radio onboard the houseboat.

What do I need to bring?

Your food, drinks and personal toiletries, for personal belongings we suggest binoculars, hats, sunscreen, camera, fishing gear and don’t forget a few favourite DVD’s or CDs. There is plenty of cupboard space but try to pack everything in soft bags rather than suit cases they will fit better. Don’t forget to bring your mozzie repellent.

What do I do with my vehicle whilst on our houseboat holiday?

Car parking is available at the marina, there is also room for trailers and boat trailers for your convenience.

Can I fish from my houseboat?

The River Murray is a fishing enthusiast’s delight! Sit back, cast your line off the back deck and be prepared to catch that elusive Murray Cod. The abundance of fish in the river, whether European Carp, Redfin or Callop will have you attending your line continuously. You do not require a fishing licence to fish in South Australia.

Where can I buy provisions?

There is a 7 day Supermarket in Mannum, as well as a butcher, baker, video store & limited bottle shop where you can collect your groceries and alcohol supplies.  For a wider selection, Murray Bridge has a large Shopping Complex, and is on the way to Mannum.

Where can we buy extra supplies once we are on the river?

There are stores at small towns along the way.

How big is the fridge?

The fridge is a large fridge freezer with plenty of space. There is also a 100 litre esky for ice & drinks or frozen food.

Is there fresh drinking water on board?

2000ltr of fresh filtered water is available for drinking. River water is provided for the general amenities and is not recommended for drinking.

Can we drink the fresh water supplied with the boat?

Yes you can it is Mannum’s town water supply.

What facilities are there onboard?

Supplied are all towels and linen. Also there is washing powder and dishwashing tablets. Fly spray and kitchen sponges etc. RiverTonic has a full kitchen with all cutlery, crockery and glasses, including wine & port glasses, 2 full dinner sets, There is a stainless steel 4 burner BBQ on the foredeck, as well as plenty of outdoor furniture and there are spare blankets in the bedrooms.

Can I use a hairdryer ?

Yes, 2 are provided onboard for your convenience.

Is there a microwave?


What is the reception like for mobile phones and TV?

There is limited, staggered reception. Check with your service provider about reception.

Do you have the facility to charge my mobile phone?

Yes we do have a 240volt system just bring your household adaptor.

What fish are in the river?

Murray Cod, Callop, Redfin, Catfish and Carp as well as yabbies. Check the fishing guide on board.

What is the best bait?

Prawns, worms, shrimps and bacon.

What is the best cruising speed for the boat?

About 7.5 km/hr, or approximately 2,000 revs.

How large are the ice boxes?

2 x 100 litre esky.

Can I bring my speedboat and tie it to the houseboat?

Yes you can, there is a ski hitch on the side.

Can I get extra ice?

Yes ice can be purchased from Mannum Waters Marina within 24 hours by contacting Chad Blatchford on 0418 354 222 to order.

What are the relative distances in kilometres from Mannum Waters Marina?
Place KMS Approx travelling Hours
Blanchetown 114 15.00
Swan Reach 86 11.25
Nildottie 64 8.50
Walkers Flat 48 6.50
Purnong 32 4.25
Bow Hill 26 3.50
Kia Marina 0 0.00
Mannum 10 1.00
Mypolonga 32 4.00
Murray Bridge 48 6.00
Tailem Bend 72 9.00
Wellington 84 10.50

Note: Travelling time is an average only and will depend on current flow and wind conditions.

Time for your next adventure?

When was the last time you spent time on the Murray?  Book in for your next experience, escape the busyness of life, and let the Murray be Tonic for the Soul.