Welcome aboard Quality Houseboats – the only fleet of houseboats in South Australia with separate ensuite bathrooms for each queen sized bedroom !!
They have been registered as “South Australia's First Houseboat Ensuite Fleet “
Jim Murphy continues to operate a very successful hire-drive houseboat business on the Murray River in South Australia - commencing with one small houseboat in 1996 and later registering the expanded business as Quality Houseboats in 2000.
Quality Houseboats has been widely acknowledged as having set new standards of accommodation in the houseboat industry.
GREY WATER FILTRATION
We have been interested in the treatment of grey water on houseboats since 1998 and assisted the inventor of the Newtreat system with his early efforts to gain EPA acceptance and recognition for his product. Two of our boats were fitted with the units in 2008 - along with 6 only other boats - and we are pleased and proud to have played a small but positive part in reducing pollution in our marvellous Murray River to make it safer for those who enjoy being on it - or in it !!
The Australian, State and Riverland Tourism Awards won by us are listed on our about us page and are testimony to the standard of product and the quality of service you will receive when you travel on a Quality Houseboat.
We are the only Riverland based tourism business which has ever been inducted into the South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame.
At both Blanchetown and Morgan we operate on a beautiful serene part of the Murray River – and being above Lock 1 there is always plenty of deep water and good safe moorings.
We operate with sound and proven business and marketing plans and believe that if we look after our customers well – they will look after us. We believe in growth through excellent relationships. We are proud of the fact that in recent years at least 50% of our bookings in each year have been made by repeat or referral bookings made by satisfied clients.
Providing people with their own private bathroom facilities on a houseboat – on a fantastic section of the Murray – so easily accessible to Adelaide – makes our business a totally unique experience.
Our boats are especially sought after by mature travellers, who appreciate the comfort, privacy and convenience of having their own private bathrooms.
Murray Entertainer , Murray Explorer and Murray Meanderer are moored above Lock 1– consequently the water levels do not fluctuate overnight – which means you never get “ stuck on the bank “ next morning – and the deep water is ideal for boating, fishing and swimming.
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In South Australia, the Murray travels 640 kilometers from Renmark in the Riverland through the Murraylands to Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Ancient limestone cliffs, graceful River red gums, lush vineyards and citrus groves are hallmarks of the Riverland section of the River, while large tracts of native bush, towering ochre cliffs, historic towns and the austere beauty of the Mallee characterise the Murraylands.
Murray Entertainer and Murray Explorer are moored at Blanchetown, Murray Meanderer is moored at Morgan.
BLANCHETOWN – about one and a half hour drive from Adelaide through the beautiful Barossa Valley and about two and a half hours drive from Mildura – is known as the “ KEY TO THE RIVERLAND “ - with it's famous wine and nut growing regions – which produces 60% of the wine and 80% of the nuts and citrus fruits grown in South Australia. It is the closest Riverland town to Adelaide.
We can arrange transfers to and from the river for interstate and overseas visitors arriving in Adelaide by plane, train or bus.
Well known Riverland golf courses and wineries eg Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre are just a short drive away from Blanchetown and Morgan.
We believe that the section of the river between Blanchetown and Morgan is one of the most picturesque sections of the entire Murray River system.
You will see dozens of nesting birds – some living in the cliff faces where they are safe from cats and foxes – large shallow backwaters and lagoons with water birds – easy walking trails and best of all – very little river traffic – and dozens of good deep mooring spots to make it easy for you to tie up the boat for the night.
All this ensures that you will always have the most restful, tranquil and relaxing houseboat cruise possible – on a QUALITY HOUSEBOAT .