Moama to Barmah and back takes an hour by car, but six days on the river, which was plenty of time for Karl Quinn and his fellow crewmates to imagine themselves in a different era.
A leisurely few days on a houseboat ... what could possibly go wrong?
Strathmerton is a small Murray River township.
Swan Hill (including Beverford and Lake Boga) is a major town on the Murray River.
Renowned foodie Paul Mercurio holidays in his Murray region heartplaces of Swan Hill and Mildura.
Stephen Nicholls finds a fenced cottage stay where his pets are welcome.
Paul Chai casts a line amid Murray River red gums in one of the state's newest national parks.
With its natural beauty and wealth of attractions, it doesn't cost a fortune to enjoy the Garden State, writes Sandy Guy.