Magic Murray Houseboats – Echuca / Moama

Park Overview

Magic Murray

Experience Magic Murray Houseboats on the famous Murray River. There are miles and miles of meandering river for you to explore, go water skiing, fishing or just relax aboard your luxury Magic Murray Houseboat.

Cruising along the Murray River is the ultimate way to relax. Your floating home is fully equipped, just bring your food and refreshments and sun tan lotion and you're off on holidays. Explore the Murray River, experience our rich pioneering past at the Historic Port of Echuca, and enjoy food, wine, and country hospitality second to none. Discover a wonderful climate and location that will reward you with a fantastic holiday.

Features of the Houseboats

  • Modern Houseboats
  • Spa
  • BBQ
  • Full Kitchen

Nearby

  • Port of Echuca
  • Paddle Steamers
  • Wineries

 

Rates start from 

$429.00

per night
Note: Minimum hire nights required

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Location - NSW

Accommodation

Magic Murray Houseboats
Magic 3

The Magic 3 has four bedrooms and includes:

Lower Deck:

  • Queen size bed in each bedroom (alternatively beds can be unzipped to become 2 single beds)
  • Linen provided
  • Fully self-contained kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Dining
  • Bar
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ducted air-conditioning.
  • Gas heating
  • Sleeps 10

Top Deck:

  • Spa
  • BBQ with bar fridge
  • Outdoor dining setting
  • Sun lounges
  • Kitchenette
  • Sound system
  • Shaded

Magic Murray Houseboats
Magic 2

The Magic 2 has four bedrooms and includes:

Lower Deck:

  • Queen size bed in each bedroom (alternatively beds can be unzipped to become 2 single beds)
  • Linen provided
  • Fully self-contained kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Dining
  • Bar
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ducted air-conditioning.
  • Gas heating
  • Sleeps 12

Top Deck:

  • Spa
  • BBQ with bar fridge
  • Outdoor dining setting
  • Sun lounges
  • Kitchenette
  • Sound system

Magic Murray Houseboats
Magic 1

The Magic 1 has four bedrooms and includes:

Lower Deck:

  • Queen size bed in each bedroom (alternatively beds can be unzipped to become 2 single beds)
  • Linen provided
  • Fully self-contained kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Dining
  • Bar
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ducted air-conditioning.
  • Gas heating
  • Sleeps 12

Top Deck:

  • Spa
  • BBQ with bar fridge
  • Outdoor dining setting
  • Sun lounges
  • Kitchenette
  • Sound system

Magic Murray Houseboats
Nulla Nulla

The Nulla Nulla has four bedrooms and includes:

Lower Deck:

  • Double size bed in 1st and 2nd bedrooms
  • 1 set of bunk beds in the 3rd & 4th bedrooms
  • Linen provided
  • Fully self-contained kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Dining
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Bathroom
  • Air-conditioning
  • Gas heating
  • BBQ
  • Sleeps 8

Top Deck:

  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun lounges
  • Large shade sail

Magic Murray Houseboats
Woomera

The Woomera has four bedrooms and includes:

Lower Deck:

  • Double size bed in 1st and 2nd bedrooms
  • 1 set of bunk beds in the 3rd & 4th bedrooms
  • Linen provided
  • Fully self-contained kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Dining
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Bathroom
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Gas heating
  • BBQ
  • Sleeps 8

Top Deck:

  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun lounges
  • Large shade sail

This information is provided to ensure a safe and pleasant visit with us:

IMPORTANT: AS HOUSEBOATS ARE A LICENSED VEHICLE IT IS NECESSARY FOR US TO MAKE A RISK ASSESMENT BEFORE CONFIRMING YOUR BOOKING.

Your deposit will be taken in 7 days once our staff have contacted you for the assessment.

  • All rates are quoted in Australian dollars and GST is applied.
  • Rates apply to per boat per night unless otherwise stated. 

Conditions of Hire

  1. Bookings for Magic 1, 2, 3, Nulla Nulla & Woomera commence at 3.00pm on the first day of hire and are to be vacated by 10.00am on the last day. Early arrivals may be able to board before 3.00pm if your boat is ready.
    (Note: Houseboats are only available for: 3 night bookings departing Friday pm, 4 night bookings departing Monday pm or 7 night bookings departing either Monday pm or Friday pm.)
  2. MAGIC 1, 2, 3: BOOKING DEPOSIT of $1000.00 is required within 7 days as confirmation. FULL PAYMENT of hire is required 8 weeks prior to departure. Non-payment by this date will be taken to be a cancellation.
  3. Nulla Nulla & Woomera: BOOKING DEPOSIT of $500 is required within 7 days as confirmation. FULL PAYMENT of hire is required 8 weeks prior to departure. Non-payment by this date will be taken to be a cancellation.
  4. SECURITY BONDS are payable on arrival: Magic 1, 2, 3, Nulla Nulla & Woomera - $1000 (One Thousand dollars) The bond is refunded by post next working day, less fuel costs if boat is returned in good, clean condition at the end of hire. Any damage or excess cleaning will be charged for at cost.
  5. CANCELLATION of bookings must be made 2 months prior to commencement of hire. There will be no refund of money until the original booking has been re-booked by another party for the full period and hire value. A cancellation fee of $150.00 will apply. If the boat is not re-booked, there will be no refund.
  6. Arrivals after 6.00pm will have to wait until the following morning to move the boat.
  7. Bookings are made on the understanding that the craft is placed at the disposal of the hirer on the date desired unless the company is prevented from doing so, by mechanical problems, river conditions or other circumstances. In case of the above mentioned, monies paid by the hirer will be refunded in full.
  8. We agree to have the boat, motor and accessories in good order. We will not be obliged to compensate the hirer for loss of time due to mechanical problems during the hire period.
  9. Drivers must be 18 years of age or over and they must hold a current Driver’s Licence (no special boat driver’s licence is required).
  10. The houseboat must remain between Barmah Bridge and Torrumbarry Lock and only be driven in daylight hours.
  11.  Due to health and other regulations, no pets or firearms allowed.
  12. Numbers of persons aboard must not exceed the number of berths under the NSW Waterways Authority regulations.

Important: Online bookings have the above cancellation conditions. Cancellations must be made in writing, if you need to cancel your online reservation please email: [email protected]

Credit Card transaction fees will be applied to all payments made by credit card and the following fees apply:

  • Visa & MasterCard 1.1% Inc.
  • AMEX & Diners 3.85% Inc.

Debit Card and EFTPOS transactions do not attract fees.
If paid by credit card, the surcharge is refundable.

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Getting There

Magic Murray Houseboats - GPS Coordinates
Latitude -36.116802
Longitude 144.776001
  S36° 7.0081’, E144° 46.5601’

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How far is?

Magic Murray Houseboats is approximately 225km from Melbourne’s CBD. 

Getting to / from Melbourne Airport

  • Driving Time - Domestic - 2 hours and 45 minutes/International - 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Distance - Domestic - 198kms/International - 198kms

Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, is a modern facility approximately half an hour away from the centre of Melbourne. The international and domestic terminals are easily accessible by car, taxi and bus.


Melbourne to Moama via Kilmore & Heathcote

  • Driving Time - 3 hours
  • Distance - 220 kms

Melbourne

Melbourne is Victoria’s capital and provides non-stop activity and 24 hour entertainment. There is an almost endless range of places to eat, things to do and places to go. Melbourne is renowned for its quality restaurants, theatres, galleries, museums, shopping, gardens and major attractions.

Beveridge

A small township located 42 km north of Melbourne along the Hume Highway Beveridge is located in the fertile Goulburn Valley. Although a small town with just over 100 inhabitants, Beveridge will have a permanent place in Australian history because it was the birthplace of legendary bushranger, Ned Kelly. The town boasts several impressive historic buildings including the Kelly family homestead, the former Roman Catholic Church, and the historic old post office building.

Things to do:

  • Visit the Kelly family home
  • Wallan Woolshed - see sheep being shorn & herded, eat a traditional meal
  • Historic buildings - Roman Catholic Church, Old Post Office
  • Beveridge Birdworld - giant hedge maze, picnic facilities, bird complex, animal nursery, playground

Kilmore

Kilmore is located 62km north of Melbourne on the Northern Highway. Kilmore means 'great church' which is derived from Gaelic. The town has a strong focus on racing and it hosts some major horseracing events, including the Kilmore Cup and the Kilmore Pacing Cup, Australia's richest provincial harness racing event. Festivals and events include the Kilmore Celtic Festival in July, the Kilmore Harness Racing Carnival in October, the Highland Games in November and the Agricultural Show in early December.

Things to do:

  • Visit the Mt William Winery to enjoy excellent wines in a garden setting
  • Go for a tour through the Old Kilmore Gaol
  • Whitburgh Cottage - the town's oldest surviving house
  • Wander around town and admire the historic bluestone buildings
  • Pack a picnic and head to Hudson Park
  • Tramway Museum - tram rides and an extensive display of cable cars & trams

Heathcote

Heathcote is a small rural township nestled amidst box ironbark forests, with a strong historical background dating from the 1850’s. Heathcote’s physical and social attributes – the climate, the nearby peaceful bush environment, the friendly people make Heathcote unique. Located at the junction of two major highways, Heathcote is a convenient distance from Melbourne, Bendigo, Echuca and other large towns. Heathcote boasts a range of tourism interests - historical and cultural; National and State parks, relics from the gold rush days, and a burgeoning wine industry. Bushwalking, cycling, photography, wildflowers, bird watching, sightseeing, gold prospecting and gemstone fossicking are some of the town’s main attractions.

Echuca - Moama

From the Aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting of the water’, Echuca is one of Victoria's oldest river towns. At one time Echuca was the state's most substantial inland river port. Paddle steamers traded along the Murray and Darling Rivers almost as far as the Queensland border and brought their cargoes of wool to Echuca for transport to the Port of Melbourne, with much of the wool going for export from Melbourne to London.
It is this aspect of its history that has become the basis for the town's reputation as a tourism centre, particularly since the restoration of the old port area began in 1973. Paddle steamers again travel the local waters, albeit for purely recreational and nostalgic purposes. Moreover, the survival of many original buildings has enabled a meaningful renovation of the old streetscape and the wharf now offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience a working steam port. Visitors can take a relaxing one hour cruise aboard one of the authentic paddle steamers or a leisurely one hour stroll on a self guided tour of the Echuca Wharf or simply wander around the Port all day.
The township is also the perfect base for a water-based holiday with its location right on the Murray River, its warm Mediterranean climate, and the myriad of water based activities on offer.


Melbourne to Moama via Ballarat & Bendigo

  • Driving Time - 4 hrs
  • Distance - 331 kms

Melbourne

Melbourne is Victoria’s capital and provides non-stop activity and 24 hour entertainment. There is an almost endless range of places to eat, things to do and places to go. Melbourne is renowned for its quality restaurants, theatres, galleries, museums, shopping, gardens and major attractions.

Ballarat

Ballarat is just over 1 hour from Melbourne via the Western Highway and is Victoria’s largest inland city. It is famous for being the site of the world’s largest deposit of alluvial gold. The legacy of this boom period is still evident in the majestic architecture and wide tree-lined streets of the town today. While history plays a big part, the city also has a very modern outlook with stylish cafés, a lively arts and music scene, plenty of shopping, beautiful gardens and ample attractions, events and activities.

An absolute must is Sovereign Hill that is a fabulous re-creation of the hustle and bustle of life in Ballarat in the 1850s. Set on a former gold mining site, the compound has more than 60 buildings, while over 200 people volunteer to dress in period costume on a regular basis. You can do all the traditional activities like pan for real gold, buy boiled sweets from the confectioner’s, ride in horse-drawn carriages, travel underground on a tour of the Red Hill Mine, or simply observe the working and living conditions that existed last century.

Bendigo

 
Bendigo is a charming and elegant regional city that displays an opulent heritage in its impressive nineteenth century 'boom town' architecture. In the geographical centre of Victoria, the city is an ideal base to explore Victoria’s golden heritage.

In the centre of town, historic sandstone buildings nestle amongst century-old gardens and established trees. Explore the city sidewalk cafés, art galleries and antique stores that are a vibrant mix of the old and the new.

Things to do:

  • Go underground at the restored Central Deborah Gold Mine, visitors descend dropping the equivalent of a thirty-storey building to explore the main, vertical shaft
  • Learn about Bendigo's history - take a ride on Bendigo's talking tram
  • Explore the Chinese Dragon Museum, home to the world’s oldest and longest imperial Chinese dragon, 'Sun Loong'
  • Taste award-winning Shiraz and Cabernet at one of the local wineries

Echuca - Moama

From the Aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting of the water’, Echuca is one of Victoria's oldest river towns. At one time Echuca was the state's most substantial inland river port. Paddle steamers traded along the Murray and Darling Rivers almost as far as the Queensland border and brought their cargoes of wool to Echuca for transport to the Port of Melbourne, with much of the wool going for export from Melbourne to London.
It is this aspect of its history that has become the basis for the town's reputation as a tourism centre, particularly since the restoration of the old port area began in 1973.

Paddle steamers again travel the local waters, albeit for purely recreational and nostalgic purposes. Moreover, the survival of many original buildings has enabled a meaningful renovation of the old streetscape and the wharf now offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience a working steam port. Visitors can take a relaxing one hour cruise aboard one of the authentic paddle steamers or a leisurely one hour stroll on a self guided tour of the Echuca Wharf or simply wander around the Port all day. The township is also the perfect base for a water-based holiday with its location right on the Murray River, its warm Mediterranean climate, and the myriad of water based activities on offer.

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Playground
  • Pool table
  • Recreation room
  • Table Tennis
  • TV
  • Swimming Pool

Amenities

  • Ablutions
  • Limited disabled facilities (please contact the park)
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Barbecues
  • Kiosk
  • Public telephones
  • LP Gas refills
  • Sullage & Dump Point
  • Vehicle wash down bay

Other services 

  • Airport shuttle – bookings required
  • Local tourist information
  • Public transport – please ask the staff for timetables
  • No pets allowed

Attractions & Events

Local Events Calendar - 2012/13

January  
February
  • 8th - 10th
     Club Marine Southern 80
  • 15th - 17th
    Riverboat Music Festival
  • 23rd Feb - 2nd Mar 2013
     Murray Meander
March
  • 9th - 10th
    Echuca Cup Carnival
  • 15th - 17th
    Echuca Moama Celtic Festival
April  
May  
June
  • 8th - 9th
    Steam Rally Echuca
July
  • 27th - 29th
    Winter Blues Festival
August  
September
  • 20th - 22nd
     Ford Coupe Club of Australia – Hardtop Anniversary
October
  • 1st - 3rd
    Elmore Field Days
  • 4th - 5th
    Deniliquin Ute Muster
  • 27th - 28th
    Echuca Moama Relay for Life
November
  • 9th
    Melbourne Cup Day Races
  • 20th
    November Racing
December
  • 31st
    New Year’s Eve Race Day
   

Attractions

Port of Echuca Explore the historic Port of Echuca – Walk along the red gum wharf built in 1865, see the cargo shed museum, visit the Star Hotel with its underground bar and escape tunnel (once a 'sly' grog shop), inspect one of the many steam engine displays and observe shipwrights restoring vessels.


Paddle Steamers Take a paddle steamer cruise – the world’s biggest fleet of operating paddle steamers is based at Echuca-Moama and each has its own history and character, learn about pioneering days from the captains commentary and enjoy refreshments as you cruise in all-weather comfort.


Wineries Although relatively new, Echuca-Moama’s wine region is gaining a reputation as one of the best winegrowing districts in the country. 


Restaurants Dine out at the excellent local restaurants in Echuca Moama. 


Rich River Golf Club 2 award winning 18 hole champion golf courses and is one of regional Australia’s premier golfing venues. The par 72 West Course has traditional tree lined fairways with small tricky greens and takes the serious golfer on a 6,183m journey. The par 72 East Course was redesigned by Peter Thompson in 1998 and features large greens, wide fairways, Thompson signature bunkers and covers 6,131m. Both courses provide outstanding challenges for all players (skilled or otherwise!). Bring along your own Clubs or Club hire is available.


Echuca Moama Events

Festivals and events are held throughout the year, celebrating the best of the best - Wine, Food, Music, Sporting Events and much more. Click on the following links for more information on major events:


Southern 80 The Race takes place on the Murray River between Torrumbarry and Echuca on the second Sunday in February each year. The race attracts over 400 entries from all over Australia with international representation from New Zealand, Great Britain and the USA.


Riverboats, Jazz, Food & Wine Festival Held in February each year featuring local and international musicians, fabulous food and wine from the region.


Echuca Rotary Steam, Horse and Vintage Rally Echuca Rotary Steam, Horse and Vintage Rally is two whole days packed with excitement and spectacular entertainment.


Winter Blues Festival Forget the winter blues! Echuca-Moama’s annual Winter Blues festival is a weekend not to be missed.


Deniliquin Ute Muster Deni - Play on the Plains Festival and World Record Ute Muster 2008.


Port of Echuca - Celebration of Steam Festival Port of Echuca's Heritage Steam Festival is a yearly celebration of the power and the wonder of steam.


Elmore Field Day Elmore has gained recognition as one of Australia’s premier agricultural Field Days.


Kyabram Agricultural and Pastoral Show An old style Country Show, held at Kyabram Showgrounds, horse events, side show alley and so much more.


Barmah State Forest Barmah Forest, on the Murray River east of Echuca, is part of the world’s largest River Red Gum forest. Bushwalking and Cycling Tracks are located throughout the forest.


National Holden Motor Museum The largest one make motor museum in Australia with over 40 restored Holden's, rare prototypes, historical film footage and a unique range of souvenirs.


Bike and Walking Tours Home to the world’s largest paddle steamer fleet, Echuca – Moama boasts some of Victoria’s best off road cycling along Murray River bush tracks and through a maze of state forest roads.


The Great Aussie Beer Shed The first beer can brewery related and Australiana Museum. In fact it is the only museum of its kind in Australia. A unique Tourist attraction featuring over 16,000 beer cans from Australia and around the world, and other brewery related items including beer tap tops and tap handles, trays, old wooden beer barrels, bottles, signs both old and modern, brewery manufacturing equipment and machinery and plenty more.

For further information on the local area visit the Echuca-Moama Visitor Centre

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