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Murray River Trails Unveils New Houseboat, 'High River'

Murray River Trails is proud to announce the launch of it’s new 12 berth houseboat, High River.

A custom-designed luxury houseboat, High River provides environmentally sustainable accommodation for Murray River Trail’s award-winning ecotourism experiences.

High River was officially launched by the Hon Zoe Bettison MP,  Minister for Tourism & Multicultural Affairs, on Friday 24th June on the Renmark Riverfront.

Managing Director of Murray River Trails Tony Sharley said “the launch of High River is a mighty step forward for houseboating and tourism on the Murray River.”

Proud owners Tony and Susie Sharley named the houseboat High River after the single most important process that keeps rivers healthy - the process of flows that rise and spill over bank, irrigating river forests and keeping wetlands healthy, triggering breeding in our native fish, frogs, waterbirds and wildlife, and creating biodiversity that enriches our lives and and inspires visitors to the Riverland region.

The purpose-built houseboat uses solar power that removes the need for a diesel generator. Expansive windows on the port side create superb river vistas, and a spacious top deck with spa enables wellness activities such as yoga. Containing 6 bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms, it is perfectly set up for a relaxing ecotourism experience for couples, families, or groups.

Now is the perfect time to sit back, relax and experience the wonder of the Murray River as you glide by on the deck of High River.

For more information, view our range of Murray River Trails experiences.

Quick facts about High River

  • 12 berth luxury houseboat
  • Dimensions: 25.8 m x 8.5 m
  • 6 double bedrooms each with an ensuite bathroom
  • Large open top deck with 5 person hot spa
  • Features 11 metres of glass window on the port side
  • 52 solar panels generating 20KW/hr
  • No diesel generator on board (a standard feature on most commercial houseboats)
  • Decking boards - Australian hardwood - Spotted Gum - Corymbia maculata
  • Aluminium pontoons
  • Powered by 2 Yamaha 60hp 4 stroke motors
  • A side-thruster in the port side pontoon increases boat manoeuvrability



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About Murray River Trails

Murray River Trails is South Australia’s most awarded river-based eco-tourism provider and its new purpose-built houseboat with 6 ensuite bathrooms and renawable energy increases your comfort levels. We exist to help you discover the magic of this amazing river landscape, to rejuvenate and appreciate the history of this incredible lifeline through outback Australia.

Immerse yourself in our multi-day walk, safari, or escapes tours that use luxurious houseboat accommodation.

Fall in love with the Murray River as our guides lead you through ancient landscape rich in Aboriginal culture, through quiet restored wetlands and riverine forests with diverse wildlife, surrounded by spectacular red cliffs, and of course you’ll enjoy superb local food and wine.

Murray River Trails has won four consecutive SA Tourism Awards in the Ecotourism category and twice won Silver at the National Tourism Awards, helping to put the Murray River environment and the Basin’s rivers and their vital importance to ecotourism and Australia’s visitor economy on the map.

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