When to go to the Riverland

When to go

photosImagine…fun, laughter, relaxation, and sharing time together with family and friends without the intrusions of modern day living. A houseboat holiday exploring the Murray offers all of this and will create lifetime memories. But when is the best time to go?

Here is a guide to help you decide when you want to make your booking for a special holiday getaway.

January: Peak period Christmas School Holidays. River is more crowded, harder to get best mooring spots and sandbars until the last week in January. We suggest that you book up to a year ahead.

February: The river is uncrowded, beat any hot spells by picking shaded mooring sites preferably on one of many sandbars. You could watch the exciting, nationally acclaimed Dinghy Derby race through the creeks on the first Sunday in February. Moor your houseboat the night before at the Nelbuk Creek (588km mark) or Bulyong Creek (585km mark) for a grandstand view from the top deck of your houseboat. Please check with management as ‘closed water’ applies on race day restricting houseboat movement.

March and April: Best time for water sports with warm to hot days and cooler nights.

Enjoy the famous Riverland winter sunshine with calm days and crisp nights. You must experience a fantastic redgum campfire at night under a brilliant star filled sky. This is the perfect time for bush walking through the many beautiful trails of the Riverland Biosphere Reserve which extends from Renmark to the Victorian border.

May: The glorious Autumn weather continues with calm sunny days and the extra bonus of almost no flies or mosquitoes etc. Good time for water sports (but bring your wetsuit) with warm days and cool nights. The start of the campfire season but not every night will be cold enough.

June: Beautiful time on the river with fresh cold evenings, misty mornings and fine, sunny country winter days.

July: On request, we will supply Christmas decorations and a Christmas tree for ‘Christmas in July’. What about organising some theme nights such as American Independance Day on July 4th and French Bastille Day on July 14th?

August: This is the best month for bird watching. Watch out for broods of new ducklings or emus swimming across the river. Make sure you experience the incredible dawn chorus at Wilkadene on your last morning before disembarking.

September: Still good for bird watchers. You should be able to start on an early suntan using the top decks of the houseboats without having to worry about too much exposure. Usually we are by now experiencing a higher river with more flow, for more exciting kayaking with faster downstream flows through the creeks.

October: Last chance for campfires before the fireban season starts. Combine your holiday with checking out the magnificent gardens to inspect, as part of the Renmark Rose Festival during the 3rd week in October.

November: The river is now warm enough for most people to enjoy swimming and partaking in water activities. This is the best month of the year for fishing, as higher river flows and warmer weather keep the fish biting well. Shrimps are very plentiful so you will not have to buy worms (which tend to be preferred by carp).

December: Early December is still very good for fishing. The open season for Murray Cod opens in NSW at the border on December 1st and you are allowed one over 1 metre in length per day!
Organise your holiday to drive through Loxton at night to see the Christmas Lights. Plan a week on a houseboat to end with Christmas onboard for an absolutely stress-free Christmas celebration. You will be leaving the tranquility of a houseboat holiday as the hordes of holiday makers are descending on the river. On request we will supply Christmas decorations and a Christmas tree.