The Captain's Cottage

Sleeps 2-5 people

The delightful Captain’s Cottage was once home to Captain Bill Drage, last of the River Murray’s iconic paddle-steamer captains.

Jim has sympathetically restored the buildings with consideration and authenticity. It is ideal for 2-5 people who love history, nature, free access to quality kayaks and trails AND appreciate the quirkiness of having amenities in rustic out-buildings.

Within minutes of Renmark-Paringa, our property sits on the Murray River with easy creek access.


The Captain’s Cottage is 350m from the Murray River, consisting of the original farmhouse and its out-buildings.

Your stay includes:

Arrive between 3 – 7pm, leave by 11am

Our booking system works around set cleaning days, allowing arrival on Fridays and Tuesdays. If you would like to arrive on a different day, please call Ruth on 0475 754 222.

As a kayak business we provide you with quality kayaks and easy access to kayak trails


Two bedrooms with queen beds (linen provided)

Double sofa bed (no linen)

Large living room with ceiling fans

Air conditioning in all three rooms (r/c in main bedroom and living area)

Kitchenette with fridge, microwave & electric kettle

Spacious verandah with powered awnings

Outside Area

Kitchen with large stove, fridge, dishwasher, crockery


Large lawned area

BBQ and outdoor settings

Fire pit in season

835 Murtho Road, Murtho, SA

Between Renmark, SA and the Victorian border.

5 minutes from Paringa, 10 minutes from Renmark, just over 1 hour from Mildura.

The perfect mix of seclusion yet access to quality restaurants, sight-seeing and river activities.


2-Night Minimum Stay:


$210 per extra night

2-Night Minimum
Longer minimum stays may apply in peak periods

Strict max. 5 people – no visitors


Contact Us

Names:Ruth and Jim Roberts
Phone:0475 754 222
Address:Canoe the Riverland
835 Murtho Road
SA 5340


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  3. Our booking system works around set cleaning days, allowing starting dates only on Fridays and Tuesdays (except Easter). If you would like to arrive on a different day, please call Ruth on 0475 754 222.
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Full Terms and Conditions



A fire pit is available in season. Please bring all your own firewood or buy some from us when you arrive. Collecting our fallen timber is not permitted and all fire regulations must be observed. The fire is to be extinguished by 10pm.


Pets unfortunately cannot be hosted.


Music and voices through speakers do not fit with our environmental expectations.


Please note we don’t provide motorboat access. Our landing is business-use only.

PS Julie Fay

Hire of the Captains’ Cottage is not available in conjunction with hire of PS Julie Fay B&B.


Smoking is not permitted.

Extra Considerations

Fruit and Vegetables

Please note that, as a food production area, Renmark is struggling to control a fruit-fly outbreak. Please be aware of current laws and regulations for moving fruit and vegetables in and out of the area.

Busy Periods

Some times are not always peaceful on the river: Despite our relatively secluded position, the river will be busy on long weekends and school holidays.

Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund will be made for any bookings cancelled in writing up to the Saturday before check-in (check-in being by 12 noon on Friday, the first day of your booking).

There is a 50% refund if your booking is cancelled within 7 days of check-in. There is no refund if cancellation is made within 48hrs of check-in.

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