Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully most of your questions will be answered below, if not please feel free to reach out at anytime.

You can get on board Elfin from 2.30pm on the day of your booking, with your instruction lesson at 3pm. We recommend you are right on time, as it can take the full 30 minutes to load everything on board and get settled in.

Elfin needs to be returned at 9.30am, so that you are fully offloaded by 10am.


It’s a great idea to moor at Sturt Reserve in Murray Bridge on your last night and wander up for a meal in a local pub or restaurant. The reserve is beautiful and in the morning you’ll just have a short cruise downstream to get back to our Marina by 9.30am.

If you’ve never driven a houseboat before, Elfin is the perfect starting point. She is so easy to handle and responds beautifully to a careful driver who follows all of the instructions. We have a duty of care to make sure you can operate safely … if you’re not able to do this, you will have to stay at the marina for your hire.

Murray Bridge has a plentiful choice of shops, and we would love you to shop local!


Downstream there are good shops in Tailem Bend, but not within an easy walk of the river, while upstream at Mannum there is a Foodland, Bakeries and other great shops just a few hundred metres from public mooring.

We recommend you don’t over think your plans as you might find the perfect mooring spot where the water is beautiful, the fish or yabbies are biting and you just feel the need to stay put!


If we’re offering you advice, we recommend at least 4 nights, if not a week to explore this magnificent South Australian attraction.

We will give you a comprehensive shopping list with your booking form, but as a guide, we supply bed linen for the two double beds, kitchen cleaning liquids and cloths, bin liners and a supply of cling film, alfoil and baking paper. We also pop in a few rolls of toilet paper to get you started.


Elfin has great entertaining accessories such as salad bowls, platters, wooden boards etc. She has a small microwave, a gas oven and cook top, a reasonable size fridge and most importantly, a Nespresso coffee-pod machine!


We supply some DVDs and CDs and a few books in case you run out as you relax
You’ll need to bring all of your personal belongings, towels, food, drinks and condiments.

Your deposit needs to be paid within 3 days of booking to secure your agreed time. The balance of the hire fee is then payable 6 weeks prior to your start date.
We supply Murray Bridge town drinking water through the second tap on the kitchen sink, however if you enjoy a particular taste of water, we recommend you bring a box or two along with you. River water is used for washing dishes, showering, toilet and the spa.
Yes you can, but please advise us when you’re booking. We supply two fenders but you will need to remember your own ropes.

Elfin has a large esky on the front deck and ice is available to purchase from the Caravan Park located next to the Marina.

Your instructor will provide you with the phone numbers to call – OzHouseboats are always on hand during your hire if you get into trouble and need help.