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Boating On Australian Inland WaterwaysThe term ‘Inland boating’, as used here, is intended to cover all types of pleasure boating in craft which can be enjoyed by relatively inexperienced persons without venturing into the open sea. The notes cover boating on rivers and lakes and also some information where appropriate regarding coastal estuaries or bays and areas protected by off shore islands.
The information is listed on a state by state basis. More detailed information about each state can be obtained from their respective tourism authorities (which are indicated in the relevant section). There are many boating facilities on the Murray River. It forms the border between New South Wales and Victoria, and flows through South Australia. A separate page covers this river. A short page on safe travelling has been included.
Houseboats on the Murray River at Mildura
The Australian Canal Society wishes all of our waterways visitors enjoyable, safe and rewarding holidays. While the Society has endeavoured to ensure the accuracy of all of the information, no responsibility can be accepted for any errors. If you have any suggestions for improvements, or more up to date information, email us.
There are numerous rivers and lakes in Australia that can provide the visitor with varied and rewarding holiday experiences in various price ranges. Access along Australian rivers and on lakes is virtually unrestricted except for the obvious places such as near military/naval installations, and storage dams for clean water.
Generally, if you leave the water to enter land that is not publicly accessible nor is Crown land, you will have to seek permission of the land owner particularly if you wish to camp or bury rubbish. You should not have any problems if you respect the needs of farmers and other landowners, leave the environment as you find it and are courteous to people with reason to enquire about your actions.
Cruisers: Conventional drive yourself cruisers are more powerful than houseboats and are best used if comfort is not most important and long distances are to be travelled. Those on hire for overnight stops generally have four or more berths.
Crewed excursion boats: These vary in size and type but are much larger. They are available for day trips as well as holidays of some weeks and offer the opportunity to meet other people in a relaxed atmosphere. Passengers are served their food and are free to enjoy the scenery without any responsibility for handling the boat.
Canoes: These can be hired for day trips or overnight tours. There are some places suitable for canoeing which are not mentioned in these pages. The reader should contact the various state canoeing associations.
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