Ok, so we all know that Wikipedia can’t really be trusted as an information source, Google is far superior. But I wanted to demonstrate this by highlighting exactly what Wikipedia doesn’t know about the Murray River Queen.
According to Wikipedia, “The Murray River Queen is an Australian paddle steamer built at Hindmarsh Island in 1974 as a luxury passenger cruise boat.” True! The site also states that “Her home port is now Waikerie, South Australia, where she operates as a working hostel for backpackers.” This statement is only half correct, well for at least the next 8 or so months.
The Queen (as I like to refer to her) has indeed made Her throne along the beautiful river banks of Waikerie and received a much needed facelift (she’ll never admit it though). But no longer are Her rooms temporary homes to backpackers working on citrus orchards and no longer do the locals try and forget she is there.
So here is what Wikipedia doesn’t know about the Murray River Queen…
That she is one of my most beloved places in the Riverland
That’s right Wikipedia, you don’t no me! Ha ha, ok that’s a bit of a hard one for Wikipedia to know, but The Queen seriously is one of my favourite places to have an pre-dinner drink, breakfast, dinner and a rocking good time (especially when Trendy & Wazza are on the 6 strings)!
That she is a floating Thai Restaurant, Cellar Door & Accommodation!!
That’s right, on The Queen you can taste premium Riverland wines, dine on incredible Thai food and stay the night in beautiful and well appointed rooms! There’s nothing like waking up, stepping out of your room and being greeted by the Murray River!
The Queen is the only place in the Riverland where you can try nearly all of the local wines, beer, ciders & sangria in the same place. This is pretty convenient as our cellar doors and brewery’s are a bit spread out.
Sip the Delinquente Wine Co “Pretty Boy” Rose, it’s my favourite for summer
You can grab a bite to eat, any time of the day
So you pretty much never have to leave The Queen, you can stay the night and also get breakfast, lunch and dinner! In the cellar door, breakfasts are served with a complimentary view of the River. Fresh and local produce litter the menu with Glenview Pultry eggs, local oranges and Illalangi relish and dukkah. For relaxed dining, the cellar door also serves wicked pizzas and Thai tapas, best shared with mates.
Share a “The Riverland” pizza or Thai tapas combination of crispy beef, salt ‘n pepper squid & spring rolls. Delish!
I don’t think I have ever eaten my way through an entire menu at one place, but I’ve almost done it at The Queen. We have eaten on board that often this year because it’s that bloody AMAZING! We love Thai food; the flavour, the colour, the spice and the chefs do an incredible job delivering amazing meals each time.
Devour the Tom Yum Goong and Garlic Chicken or Red Duck Curry (OMG you have no idea how much my mouth is watering right now!)
She’s family owned and run
I love places where you instantly feel at home, whether that be by a friendly dog lying on the footpath or free range cute as a button kids in the reception area. Seeing the same friendly faces who know your name is also nice. It creates a real loyal community feeling and the family of the Murray River Queen have nailed this aspect on the head.
The Major family have owned The Queen for quite a while now, from her backpacker hostel days to now- restoring a true icon to Her full potential. I think it’s safe to say a lot of the Riverland West region (and hopefully greater Riverland) enjoy coming to such a lovely venue.
Wave to the children & get to know the bar tender.
The Murray River Queen is my ‘local’ and I’m quite sad that in August 2017 she is due to paddle upstream to Renmark. I think a few tears will be shed by all, but the silver lining is that when we venture to Renmark for dinner with Her, we can stay the night! That’s right guys, you will never be rid of us!
Is there anything else you know about the Murray River Queen that Wikipedia and I have missed? Would love to know!