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Entire home/apt

4 guests

2 bedrooms

2 beds

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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 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 50
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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!



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

65 Reviews

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Ye User Profile
July 2017
I will write this comment in chinese so other guests from china are able to read it. Overall it was a fantastic experience of staying at the boat house. It's warm and clean, and the host got everything you could possibly need. 我会强烈推荐来住这个和别处不一样的船屋,她有114年的历史,但是维护的非常好,包括热水,煤气暖气,我们一开始还怕会很冷,结果暖和的不行,而且房主留了非常丰盛的早餐在冰箱里面,我们煎了培根,鸡蛋,面包还有牛奶,切了水果喝了茶,房主提供的都是好品质的食物而不是买的最便宜的那种,早上起来外面看到天鹅,鸭子还有不知名的鸟,阳光打在水面上真的很漂亮,距离最近的购物区也很近,开到维多利亚港才需要半小时,如果还有机会来玩还会选择住在这里的

Brianna User Profile
July 2017
The PS Federal exceeded all our expectations! What a wonderful, relaxing getaway (not to mention the view). The breakfast supplies were much appreciated and the gas heater kept the downstairs room warm. Thank you :)

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.

Nangkita, AustraliaJoined in December 2013
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