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10 reasons to set sail on a houseboat

/ 27 Feb 2018
A houseboat holiday offers groups of friends and families the opportunity to navigate the waterways at their own pace while enjoying the sunsets, food and wine, attractions and respites of Victoria's many spectacular lakes and river systems.

No experience required! Here are ten reasons why a houseboat holiday in Victoria should be on the must-do list.

1. Sailors can captain their own adventure

Holiday -makers oversee their own adventure on a houseboat, and Mildura Houseboats offers itinerary suggestions to explore the Murray River from three to seven nights with stop off ideas for couples, families and friends from wineries and restaurants, golf, attractions and of course watersports. Every convenience is right there on deck. And when skippers and deckhands need a a nap from all the activity, the water will rock them gently to serenity.

2. The incredible views and sunsets

Houseboating is a joy in both the peak and off seasons in Victoria. The view from the houseboat windows is always changing and provides a wonderful taste of nature at its finest, at every hour of the day. Nature is at its most photogenic when right in the thick of it, with sultry sunrises and colourful sunsets, dappled skies, birds, fish and trees it’s truly a delight to bask in mother nature’s gifts.

3. Experience the way it was

Setting off from the heritage Port of Echuca, Echuca Moama Luxury Houseboats provides an endless list of activities to do on and off the water starting out with the fascinating Port of Echuca. The bustling port is recognised as one of Australia's finest heritage icons and was Australia's largest inland port built in 1865. Today visitors can learn about the history at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre and take a tour with one of the entertaining tour guides.

4. Reconnect with nature

Victoria’s rivers and lakes weave through some of the most diverse landscapes in the world with mountains, steep banks and river gum forests, the outback, golden limestone cliffs, plains, lakes and the river’s mouth. With Rivera Nautic, holiday-makers can skipper their own yacht, no license required to explore the Gippsland Lakes, teeming with wildlife, dolphins, kangaroos, 140 species of birds...plus so much more.

5. Relax and enjoy complete freedom

There is something to suit every sailor on a houseboat. Whether it be spending time reading on the deck or diving in for a swim, when travelling on a houseboat the family will never run out of activities that occupy their attention.

The Murray River calling from Mildura

6. The captain catches their own dinner

Casting a fishing line from the comfort of a houseboat is the true meaning of relaxation. From river to plate, the family can cook their Murray River cod, golden perch, catfish or callop in the on boat kitchen or on the BBQ, and if still a little hungry head back out and catch some more. This fun activity is great for the whole family and is sure to please even the fussiest eaters.

7. Avoid the hustle and bustle

As thousands of other tourists and holiday makers are filling local pools and staking out a spot at the beach, those on a houseboat have the best access to secluded beaches and swimming spots. With a choice of luxury houseboats from Lake Eildon HouseBoat Hire, just two hours drive from Melbourne, there won’t be any long lines at the supermarket or trouble finding a car park at the beach, just hundreds of small bays and hidden coves to explore, enjoying the serenity.

8. It’s affordable and accessible

Houseboats are one of the best ways to enjoy a holiday while spending a little less. It’s one of the more affordable ways to enjoy beach and river access during peak seasons, meaning no paid parking or hire cars, and comes with all the amenities you need for a fully self-serviced holiday, which means you’ll save on eating out. It’s easy enough for anyone with a full driver’s licence to manoeuvre a houseboat, and a lot of fun!

9. Reconnect with family and friends

Hiring a houseboat is a great experience and one that will allow those on board to create priceless memories with family and friends. All Seasons Houseboats in Mildura, offers the choice of 14 different houseboats from to 2 to 12 berth options and facilities including a luxury spa on the deck. From energetic days to quiet nights this time away provides the opportunity to make lasting memories for years to come.

10. Messing about on the river

Victoria's waterways provide endless opportunities to wile away the hours. Fishing enthusiasts can cast a line at freshwater rivers and lakes, estuaries and inlets across Victoria, year-round. Adventure-seekers can try their hand at water-skiing on Victoria's expansive lake systems or have a float and paddle just off the side of stunning aquatic accommodation.


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