House Boats On The Murray River


With a total coastline of 5,000km, boating in South Australia isn’t simply a popular hobby — it’s a lifestyle. South Australia’s cool temperate waters make it ideal for cruising, sailing, fishing and a lot of other water-themed activities. Crystal-clear waters also mean you can easily spot dolphins, sea lions and migrating whales. Read on to discover some of the best places to explore with your boat in South Australia.


The Murray River is a popular boating destination in South Australia. You can launch your boat from Mannum, which is just an hour away from Adelaide. Apart from cruising along historic towns, you can also use a canoe or kayak to explore the backwater, creeks at wetlands of the Murray River. Watersports enthusiasts can also enjoy waterskiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding.


The Eyre Peninsula is home to the largest commercial fishing fleet in the country. It’s just off the coast of Port Lincoln, which is also known as the seafood capital of Australia. In this popular boating destination, you can cruise the water while admiring the pristine coastline as well as visit the sandy beaches and the numerous fishing spots. It’s a bluewater angler’s paradise as you can catch Yellowtail Kingfish, large Snapper, Samson Fish, Bluefin Tuna and King George Whiting. Apart from that, you can also swim with the dolphins, play with sea lions or go shark cage diving.


York Peninsula is located in between the Spencer Gulf and the Gulf St Vincent. Boaters can get a dose of history as they explore old mining towns, national parks and fishing villages. From the water, you can also see beautiful beaches and coastal views. Yorke Peninsula’s gulf waters are also suitable for recreational fishing. Meanwhile, you can enjoy watersports in the many sheltered bays in the area.


The Fleurieu Peninsula has stunning beaches. You can dive, snorkel, sail and kayak in this boating destination. Southport, Boomer Beach and Waitpinga are also notable surf spots. Located at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula is Cape Jervis, a suitable launching point if you want to head to Kangaroo Island, Investigator Strait or the Backstairs Passage. If you’re going to explore the area, there are pretty anchorages throughout this boating destination.


The Limestone Coast is always part of the itinerary when boating in South Australia. It’s an idyllic boating destination with stunning beaches and an ancient coastline. The region is also home to a lot of natural wonders such as Blue Lake with its turquoise colour in the summer and the Umpherston Sinkhole which has spectacular gardens. You can also go snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Piccaninnie Ponds and Ewens Ponds Conservation Parks.


South Australia’s national parks are also perfect for boaters. Coffin Bay National Park is perfect for small boats to cruise sheltered bays, channels and inlets. Meanwhile, you can explore coastal dunes, lagoons and wetlands in Coorong National Park. Divers can also swim with dolphins and migrating whales in Innes National Park.

South Australia may not have tropical waters or coral reefs, but its diverse and temperate waters make it suitable for cruising and sailing. Boaters can also take advantage of the hot and dry coastal climate in the summer. There are so many destinations to explore when boating in South Australia. To support this boating lifestyle, the state also has a lot of first-class boating facilities and infrastructure. With that said, it’s easy to see why South Australia has become a boater’s paradise.



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John Steele

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.