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Fantasy Houseboat Holidays, is moored in Mannum, an easy 90 minute drive from Adelaide. This section of the River Murray is famous for its spectacular scenery with sandstone cliffs and Red River Gums. Nothing to do but sit back, relax and indulge.

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Relax and indulge your senses aboard Fantasy. Moored in Mannum, a leisurely 90 minute drive from Adelaide, this holiday will be one to remember.

Fantasy is the epitome of style and elegance. Recently refurbished, this luxury Houseboat is spacious and has all the latest conveniences to help you unwind. It has 4 generous queen-size bedrooms with zip-apart beds giving flexibility to suit your requirements. Fantasy sleeps up to 12 people, with the second lounge room converting to a 5th bedroom.
Prepare a banquet in the well-equipped kitchen with beautiful granite top benches and stainless steel appliances or send the Crew to the BBQ to cook your ‘Catch of the Day’.

Relax in the spa on the shaded upper deck and watch the towering sandstone cliffs and the mighty river Red Gums go by. Even the skipper can enjoy the scenery from the upper deck helm.

Fantasy will exceed the expectations of even the most discerning houseboat holidaymaker.

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Rates

RATES OF HIRE OFF PEAK NORMAL PEAK
(including GST) June-Aug Sept-Dec
Feb-May
Dec-Jan
School Hols.
Weekend (3 nights) $2550 $3000 $3400
Midweek (4 nights) $2650 $3200 $3900
Long w/end (4 nights) $2900 $3400 $4250
Week (7 nights) $3200 $4000 $5500
Easter (5 nights)     $5500
Xmas week (7 nights)     $5500
New year (7 nights)     $6500

Bookings commence at 3pm on the first day and the boat must be returned by 10am on the last day of hire.

Deposit and Bond

Cancellation

In the event of cancellation, no refund will be given unless the hire period is rebooked. An administration fee of $50 will be charged on all cancellations. 

Booking Types

There is a selection of booking types available. If further flexibility on your holiday is required and your request is outside of these parameters, we will be happy to accommodate, however, additional charges may apply.

Online Bookings

Alternatively, please fax the Booking Form to (08) 7120 2305

Houseboat Features

Bedrooms

Fantasy has 4 generous sized bedrooms with queensize beds that zip apart, converting to singles, depending on your holiday requirements.  Fantasy sleeps up to 12 people, with the Second Lounge converting to a 5th bedroom.

Kitchen

There is exquisite gourmet kitchen with granite bench tops and stainless steel appliances.  It is well equipped to cope with even the most indulgent feasts, or send the Crew to the 4 burner BBQ to cook up your ‘Catch of the Day’.

There is also a separate bar area with fridge to make cocktail hour more inspiring. Then, dine under the stars at one of the 3 outdoor settings.

Bathrooms and Laundry

There are 2 modern bathrooms with towels and hairdryers supplied, plus a 3rd toilet in the laundry.  The laundry houses a washing machine, dryer and washing powder to make even the most mundane chores easy and quick.

Entertainment

Relaxation and indulgence is what it’s all about, and that’s not hard, aboard Fantasy. 

There are 2 LCD TVs, and DVD players plus surround sound CD system to the upper and lower decks. 

Relax in the spa on the shaded upper deck and watch the towering sandstone cliffs and the mighty river Red Gums go by. Even the skipper can enjoy the scenery from the upper deck helm.

There are 2 boat tows and rear swimdeck with ladder, for the more adventurous wanting to partake in water sport activities.

In addition, there are 2 large Iceboxes (100L each) for your beverages and/or fishing supplies.

Technical Specifications

There are two 60 HP economical four stroke engines and reversing camera for total control and easy handling, plus an electric gangplank to make going ashore effortless.

There are dual controls so the Skipper can take the helm from the lower or shaded upper deck.
We are on hand 24 hours a day with a two-way radio to assist you with any issues.

Additional Resources

The following items can be hired or purchased from Kia Marina, where Fantasy Houseboat is moored.

Contact Kia Marina on (08) 8569 2400 to arrange availability.

Planning your Holiday

We have most things covered, so you can relax, unwind and indulge aboard Fantasy.

What’s Provided:

Equipment provided:

Ice

We can organize to have ice for the 2 Iceboxes onboard when you arrive. The cost is $$$$ for each icebox and will be deducted from your security bond at the end of your trip. Each icebox comprises of XX blocks and XX crushed. The iceboxes will fit approximately 4-5 cartons of beer or drinks including ice. When you make your booking please let us know your requirements.

Wood – May – November (depending on CFS)

A campfire on the riverbank is a truly Aussie experience. We can provide wood onboard between May-November at a cost of XXX per load. This will be deducted from your security bond at the end of your holiday. Please note that we are unable to provide a full or part refund on any unused firewood.

Suggested Items to Bring:

Additional Services

Ice

We can organize to have ice for the 2 Iceboxes onboard when you arrive.  The cost is $17.50 for each icebox and will be deducted from your security bond at the end of your trip. Each icebox comprises of 3 blocks ($3.50 each) and 1 crushed ($7.00 each).  The iceboxes will fit approximately 4-5 cartons of beer or drinks including ice.  When you make your booking please let us know your requirements.

Wood

A campfire on the riverbank is a truly Aussie experience.  We can provide wood onboard between May-November at a cost of $10.00 per 18kg bag.  This will be deducted from your security bond at the end of your holiday.  Please note that we are unable to provide a full or part refund on any unused firewood.

Transfers

You Toucan Tour can organize Transfer Services from Airport/Train or home to Mannum, with Tours or stop offs along the way when required.

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Food Delivery and Gourmet Meals

Floating Gourmet will deliver food to Fantasy Houseboat, conveniently packed away ready for your arrival. With an extensive grocery list to choose from as well as tailor made menus to suit everyone.

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Tours

Big Bend Tours offers nature based guided tours from Sunset Dinner tours, Barossa Valley Tours and Champagne Bush Tucker Breakfast there is something for everyone.

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Boat Hire

Murray Bridge Ski Boat Hire will drop a fully equipped Ski boat to Fantasy Houseboat ready for your arrival.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are Houseboats hard to drive?
We will take you through the operation of the boat and answer any questions before you leave the bank. We will give you practical instruction on all aspects of driving so you have complete confidence and are relaxed for your holiday.

Q: Do I need a licence to drive a houseboat?
All you need is a full and current car licence and be over the age of 21 years.

Q: What if I need to contact you while we are away?
Base contact is available 24 hours a day by mobile phone or by using the two-way radio onboard the houseboat.

Q: What do I need to bring?
Your food, drinks and personal toiletries, for personal belongings we suggest binoculars, hats, sunscreen, camera, fishing gear and don’t forget a few favourite DVD’s or CDs. There is plenty of cupboard space but try to pack everything in soft bags rather than suit cases they will fit better. Don’t forget to bring your mozzie repellent.

Q: What do I do with my vehicle whilst on our houseboat holiday?
Car parking is available at the marina, there is also room for trailers and boat trailers for your convenience.

Q: Can I fish from my houseboat?
The River Murray is a fishing enthusiast’s delight! Sit back, cast your line off the back deck and be prepared to catch that elusive Murray Cod. The abundance of fish in the river, whether European Carp, Redfin or Callop will have you attending your line continuously. You do not require a fishing licence to fish in South Australia.

Q: Where can I buy provisions? 

There is a 7 day Supermarket in Mannum, as well as a butcher, baker, video store & limited bottle shop where you can collect your groceries and alcohol supplies.  For a wider selection, Murray Bridge has a large Shopping Complex, and is on the way to Mannum.

Q: Where can we buy extra supplies once we are on the river?
There are stores at small towns along the way.

Q: How big is the fridge?
The fridge is a large fridge freezer with plenty of space. There is also a 100 litre esky for ice & drinks or frozen food.

Q: Is there fresh drinking water on board?
2000ltr of fresh filtered water is available for drinking. River water is provided for the general amenities and is not recommended for drinking.

Q: Can we drink the fresh water supplied with the boat?
Yes you can it is Mannum’s town water supply.

Q: What facilities are there onboard?
Supplied are all towels and linen. Also there is washing powder and dishwashing tablets. Fly spray and kitchen sponges etc. Fantasy has a full kitchen with all cutlery, crockery and glasses, including wine & port glasses, 2 full dinner sets, There is a stainless steel 4 burner BBQ on the foredeck, as well as plenty of outdoor furniture and there are spare blankets in the bedrooms.

Q: Can I use a hairdryer ?
Yes, 2 are provided onboard for your convenience.

Q: Is there a microwave?
Yes.

Q: What is the reception like for mobile phones and TV?
There is limited, staggered reception. Check with your service provider about reception.

Q: Do you have the facility to charge my mobile phone?
Yes we do have a 240volt system just bring your household adaptor.

Q: What fish are in the river?
Murray Cod, Callop, Redfin, Catfish and Carp as well as yabbies. Check the fishing guide on board.

Q: What is the best bait?
Prawns, worms, shrimps and bacon.

Q: What is the best cruising speed for the boat? 
About 7.5 km/hr, or approximately 2,000 revs.

Q: How large are the ice boxes?
2 x 100 litre esky.

Q: Can I bring my speedboat and tie it to the houseboat?
Yes you can, there is a ski hitch on the side.

Q: Can I buy ice from the Marina?
Yes, we can sell ice, you would need to let us know prior.

Q: What are the relative distances in kilometres from Kia Marina?

Place KMS Approx travelling Hours
Blanchetown 114 15.00
Swan Reach 86 11.25
Nildottie 64 8.50
Walkers Flat 48 6.50
Purnong 32 4.25
Bow Hill 26 3.50
Kia Marina 0 0.00
Mannum 10 1.00
Mypolonga 32 4.00
Murray Bridge 48 6.00
Tailem Bend 72 9.00
Wellington 84 10.50

Note: Travelling time is an average only and will depend on current flow and wind conditions.

 

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Brochure   Booking Form   Conditions of Hire   Privacy Policy   Suggested Itineraries   What to Bring
         
FAQ’s  
 

Locations


Location Address

Kia Marina Houseboat Hire,
505 Greenshields Rd,
Mannum SA 5238
Ph (08) 8569 2400

120 km from Adelaide CBD – about 1 hour 30 mins
(8 kms out of Mannum)

Marina Information

Multiple Car parking available on site.

Kia Marina Via Mannum:

Travel to Mannum
Go through Town Centre
Cross over Murray River on Ferry
Turn left off Ferry
Follow signs to Bow Hill
Travel 4kms approximately
Turn left onto Bakers Hut Road
Travel 1km turn right onto East Front Road
Travel 4kms
Turn right onto Greenshields Road – Marina on the left
Report to the Office at second house on the hill
 



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info@fantasyhouseboats.com.au

Phone: 1300 882 628

Fax: +61 8 7120 2305