4 Best Houseboats Near Adelaide, Australia - Updated 2023

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South Australia is rich with wineries, pine forests, wildlife, and spectacular beaches. The state capital, Adelaide, is an incredible destination offering a plethora of attractions. With glorious days on the beach and amazing city tours, the city will ensure that your vacation is exciting. Adelaide’s neighbouring hills are populated with vineyards, plus the city itself is a vibrant centre of activities. The balmy climate and a top-notch food and wine scene add to the city’s appeal, attracting a lot of tourists. A unique experience here is staying in one of the houseboats that lazily float along the Murray River and Coorong. You can check into one and soak in unparalleled serenity. For great choices, scroll down for the best houseboats near Adelaide, Australia.

1. Cooee II (from USD 494)

Cooee II is moored in a private property in White Sands, which is some 70 km (43.5 mi) away from Adelaide. While staying here, you can make use of several additional amenities such as the swim and ski beach, boat ramp, fire pit, and outdoor picnic table. In the houseboat, you can lie back and watch a show on the TV. Else, you can head to the comfortable bedrooms and unwind while admiring the superb views.

Those who enjoy cooking can make use of the barbecue amenities on the deck and savour some grilled fare. Alternatively, the chef among you can make use of the full indoor kitchen and whip up a delicious meal. A washer and dryer are provided for the guests’ convenience.

Note that WiFi is unavailable on site, but Google Chromecast is available. You will need to use your personal data to stream your favourite online content.

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White Sands, South Australia, Australia
20.41 km (12.7 mi) from Monarto Safari Park
4 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 7 Beds 10 Guests 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
top class accomodation and location amazing serenity and privacy
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2. Pet-friendly houseboat near Goolwa Wharf Precinct (from USD 213)

Check out this plush pet-friendly houseboat located near Goolwa Wharf Precinct. Here, you can prepare breakfast in the gourmet kitchen and relish it on the rear deck. Otherwise, you can use the barbecue amenities and carry out a fun cookout. If the sun is mild, you can even head up to the top deck and admire the stunning scenery. A pair of binoculars are available, so you can soak in better views.

If you prefer staying indoors, the books, smart television, DVDs, and Bose sound system should ensure that you never spend a dull moment here. The houseboat is equipped with a washing machine, so you can pack light.

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Goolwa, South Australia, Australia
57.39 km (35.7 mi) from Monarto Safari Park
24 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the barge has more amenities than most bnb houses do - it's stylish comfortable and interesting
) the beds were comfortable with lovely linen
we found the swamp fox absolutely delightful so very beautifully appointed warm cosy and comfortable
unique stay in a great location
fabulous comfortable accommodation in a wonderful location with only a very short walk to great coffee and dining options
if you are looking for a unique stylish place that's pet friendly - this ticks all the boxes
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3. The Cube (from USD 187)

The Cube is a charming eco-pod moored in a private marina on Murray River. Here, you can perch yourself on the deck swing and catch up on some reading. Two kayaks and life jackets are provided so that you can enjoy some time on the river. Once you return, the deck is the perfect spot to sip on wine in the quaint ambience outdoors.

The compact kitchenette provided indoors is equipped enough to whip up snacks. Else, you can fire up the barbecue grill and relish roasted treats. WiFi is not available at this unit, so it is ideal for those looking to indulge in a digital detox. Free parking is available for guests within the private gated marina.

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Wellington East, South Australia, Australia
33.44 km (20.8 mi) from Monarto Safari Park
83 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the fan and air-conditioner also provide extra layers of comfort
the egg chairs and the shower the views just bliss thank you gill
the bathroom had a great vibe and we were impressed with the use of space
they were incredibly helpful with everything and had fantastic communication
the hosts were amazing with their communication and welcome
glorious location so peaceful
lovely location for an experience that's a bit different to the usual offering
such a beautiful location removed from the usual traffic on our mighty river
we wanted to just rest and relax and this place was great for this
beautifully quiet and relaxing getaway to just unwind and switch off 100 % would stay again
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4. The Floathouse

The Floathouse glides over the Murray River, offering its guests an excellent ambience. It is moored in a gated marina which is best accessed by a private vehicle. Free parking is available near the houseboat. You can spend hours curled up on the deck swing, soaking in incredible views. Else, consider lying back on the loungers and relishing the Australian sun. An outdoor hot tub is also available at the houseboat.

The kitchenette is equipped with essentials, so you can easily prepare your own meals. Else, you can carry out a barbecue cookout and dine alfresco on the deck. However, note that only basic kitchen items are stocked in the houseboat, and additional supplies are available for purchase at the marina kiosk. You are recommended to bring your own pantry items beforehand if you require something specific as only basic items are sold at the marina store.

The houseboat is not equipped with WiFi. Also, remember that this accommodation is not suited for kids as it has open access to the river.

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19.5 km (12.2 mi) from Monarto Safari Park
79 reviews   Superhost
Boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the accommodation was comfortable and well designed
the place was very clean and well maintained
gorgeous place super clean and relaxing
the space was comfortable clean yet luxurious
great location very clean with the added bonus of an outdoor bath would recommend
thank you the host establish such an amazing place for us and the guests
this little getaway was one of a kind every down to the little details
gorgeously styled loved the bath on the deck and the hosts were very responsive to my queries
amazing location for a very relaxing getaway
amazing little cabin location and set up
the floathouse is set in such a relaxing and beautiful location
absolutely loved this place it was so cute and so well thought-out
a good place to getaway from busy life as well
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Enjoy a great getaway in one of these houseboats

Adelaide is possibly one of the most beautiful Australian cities. There’s so much to do here that you may fall short of time, but not the experience. And, some of these experiences, such as houseboat lodging, are incredibly unique too. Plan your next getaway to this brilliant destination and throw in a bit of fun by staying on one of the above amazing houseboats.

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