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Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

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About this listing

Solar powered (12volt) system. The P.S. FEDERAL paddle steamer built in 1902 rests on stilts in the River Murray adjacent a bird sanctuary. Two bedrooms, large lounge and kitchen with views of Hindmarsh Island & watercraft on the Murray River. The beauty of being on the river with panoramic views of Hindmarsh Island & River watercraft.

The space

The beauty of being on the river with panoramic views of Hindmarsh Island & River watercraft.

Eco-friendly, off grid solar powered. Renewable energy for less impact on the environment.

The PS Federal paddle steamer built in 1902 now rests on stilts in the River Murray adjacent the bird sanctuary where spoon-billed cranes, pelicans, black swan families, egret, purple swamp hens, dusky moorhens and black-winged stilt reside. Ideally located on River within walking distance of Goolwa beach.

Relaxation and leisure time are so important and you will unwind as soon as you step aboard the PS Federal!

Bottle of wine provided to welcome you on arrival. Cereal, milk, bread, tea, coffee, bacon & eggs for first morning of your stay are provided. A vegetarian option is available upon request. Towels and bed linen supplied.

This pristine location has the calmness of being on the River Murray. Close to the Coorong. It's ideally located for sailing, windsurfing, and skiing and yet is within walking distance of the beach, cafes, and the township of Goolwa.

87 kilometres South of Adelaide
and close to the River Mouth where the Murray River completes its journey and joins the Southern Ocean.

Not just a place to stay but a unique accommodation experience on the Fleurieu Peninsula on board the Paddle Steamer P.S. FEDERAL.

Guest access

Close to the best local cuisine: Aquacaf on the River; and just around the corner is the famous Bombora on Goolwa Beach.

Interaction with guests

Guests have complete privacy!
PS Federal is fully self contained accommodation.

Other things to note

Please take care of this beautiful old boat, she's 114 years old!

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $20 AUD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $50 AUD
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 2PM

Please take care of this beautiful old boat, she's 114 years old!



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Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

63 Reviews

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Jean User Profile
June 2017
The PS Federal is a very relaxing and calming place to go. Very secluded and I parked my car Friday and did not start it until Monday when we left. Not recommended for a family holiday but absolutely perfect for a romantic break or in our case friends having a quiet weekend to recharge the batteries. The birdlife is amazing, and a couple of fish caught as well. Will be goin back again for sure!!!

Kathryn User Profile
May 2017
This decommissioned boat offers a unique experience. It's over 100 years old, so very rustic, but with an added heater, hot water, and electric lighting. The location is amazing, close to a marina with a restaurant and only a five minute drive to town, but very scenic, right on the river with marsh grasses and water surrounding the boat. Beth is a great host, very available and accommodating. I did find that charging my devices was challenging: the charging device on board was very slow and there is no way (that we could ascertain at least) to charge a laptop. Beth tried hard to help me with these issues, but it is in the nature of a solar-powered boat. During my stay, I saw pelicans, black swans, numerous ducks and other birds. And if one walks or drives out to the end of the barrage, there are sea lions within 20 feet. The dunes and beach are expansive and beautiful.

Kate User Profile
May 2017
A great location, very relaxing.

Carl User Profile
May 2017
Awsome loved it

Zena User Profile
April 2017
If you are looking for serenity, privacy and a very special experience, The Federal is the choice. Arrive with a fun attitude to 'the difference'. The mornings and evenings are magnificent. We loved it.

Jenny User Profile
April 2017
This is a totally unique experience. The location is sublime, and the "boat" very comfortable, cosy and totally charming. Guests should understand that they will need to adapt to the 12V solar power and tank water situation, but this just added to the novelty of the experience. Imagine....sitting on deck, with feathered friends as visitors, watching the sun set over beautiful, tranquil wetlands....divine!

Patricia User Profile
April 2017
A beautiful boat and location, if you like a unique experience and are a lover of nature this won't disappoint. The boat is spotless and Beth and Dan provide more than just the basics-a bottle of wine was a lovely welcome and there was a cooked breakfast option if desired. Beds were comfy. A lovely area to explore on foot.

Nangkita, Australia · Joined in December 2013
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