The Captain’s Cottage

The Captain's Cottage

Sleeps 2-5 people

January 2023 Special – bookings are set for 6 nights at $996!

Arrive Friday, leave Thursday.

Enjoy a rare front seat view for the 2022 high water event.

This area above Renmark is protected wetlands; 8km wide floodplains with low islands. These are designed by nature to become inundated and watered during high flows. This has become a rare event so make sure you come and enjoy it.

Our unique Captain’s Cottage is available for hire.

The property’s original and unpretentious farmhouse was, at one time, home to Captain Bill Drage, one of the River Murray’s last 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 kayaks and trails AND appreciate the quirkiness of having amenities in rustic out-buildings.

Please note we are not providing kayaks during the 2022 high water.

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 (later if we have no bookings coming in)
  • As a kayak business we provide you with quality kayaks and easy access to kayak trails (not provided during the 2022 high flow)


  • Two bedrooms with queen beds (and linen)
  • 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 and electric kettle
  • Spacious comfortable verandah with powered awning

Outside Area

  • Camp kitchen with large stove, fridge, kettle, microwave, toaster, pots, crockery & cutlery
  • Bathroom with flush toilet & hot shower
  • 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:


$120 per extra night

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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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.


All guests must be covid-free to the best of their knowledge and not isolating.

Extra Considerations

Fruit and Vegetables

Please note that, as a food production area, Renmark is fruit-fly free. It is currently illegal to bring ANY fruit or vegetables into the Riverland, even from Adelaide. There are plenty of great places to buy fresh produce within the Riverland.

Busy Periods

Some times are not always peaceful on the river: Despite our relatively secluded position, the river will be very 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.

We are fully vaccinated and hold ‘COVID-19 Clean Practicing Business’ accreditation through the Quality Tourism Framework.

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