Why Join The RMBOA?

River Murray Boat Owners Association

The River Murray Boat Owners Association (RMBOA) of South Australia provides four main areas of support for its members: Coverage, Representation, Recreation and Information for less than 80 cents per week (less than 40 cents per week per person for a family membership).


RMBOA members cover the entire length of the Murray River in South Australia. Its members are not confined to South Australia, with members in Victoria and New South Wales. The range of membership provides members with the ability to tap into local knowledge all along the river in South Australia. Range of RMBOA Vessels Along the River Murray in South Australia.

RMBOA Membership range

Range of RMBOA Vessels Along the River Murray in South Australia


The RMBOA represents the interests of its members to government, semi-government and other organisations on matters relating to recreational boating on the Murray River in South Australia. It helps ensure that policy is implemented in a manner that provides the most cost effective solution for the recreational boater.

The RMBOA maintains constructive dialogues with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in relation to matters such as greywater requirements for private vessels with overnight accommodation.

The EPA provided RMBOA members with a briefing on what they will be expected to do in 2011 to bring their vessels inline with the greywater regulations. The EPA commented favourably on the RMBOA's Greywater Standard Operating Procedure document, developed to assist members' vessels to be classified as low greywater risk vessels.

The RMBOA represented the interests of its members by responding to the potentially catastrophic Houseboat, Mooring and Marina Strategy for the River Murray in South Australia. The RMBOA's submission was supported by various organisations such as the Boating Industry Association of South Australia (BIASA), the Houseboat Hirer's Association (HHA), the Riverland Cruising Boat Club (RCBC) and the Wooden Boat Association of South Australia (WBASA). As a result of the disquiet about the original proposal, it was split into a marina strategy and a Best Practice for Houseboat Use On The River Murray developed by the Department of Water.

Information has been provided to the Department of Water about reducing the environmental impact of boating on the river.


The RMBOA runs cruising events such as the River Ramble and Mini-Ambles. It also holds an annual XMAS party, traditionally at the Mary Ann Reserve at Mannum.

River Ramble

The River Ramble is a cruise for members only and it is held every two years.

It is a family oriented cruise and participants can range in age from under 8 to over 80. Each mooring location is provided with facilities such as toilets so that even small boats without on-board facilities can join in. Where practical, optional catered meals are provided so that Ramblers can relax in the evening without worrying about doing the cooking and washing up.

In some locations Ramblers are invited to enjoy the evening activities such as a camp fire, a fancy dress party or professional entertainers.


Unlike the Ramble, a Mini-Amble is an informal affair open to members and prospective members. The RMBOA does not provide facilities, nor does it arrange entertainment.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is usually held in conjunction with a Mini-Amble, as is the annual XMAS party.


 The RMBOA keeps its membership informed via this website and a quarterly magazine, The Rambler.

As well as providing general information to the public, this website provides additional information via the members-only area.

The most popular part of the website is the river levels page which summarises the state of the river for boating activities.

The Rambler magazine is generally published quarterly and provides in depth coverage of issues affecting members of the Association. The Rambler will be delivered electronically as a PDFdocument.

Join the RMBOA

Click here to access our online membership application and read about our philosophy in more depth then send off a membership form. New members are very welcome!!

If you have any enquiries feel free to contact us at treasurer@rmboa.org.au