Houseboat Hire Prices

Weekend, midweek and weekly packages are available.  

Our Prices

Our general boarding and return days are Mondays and Fridays.  Longer and shorter hire periods are available subject to availability, please contact for price.

  • Weekend – 3 nights – Friday afternoon to Monday 9am
  • Midweek – 4 nights – Monday afternoon to Friday 9am
  • Week – 7 nights – Monday afternoon to Monday 9am or Friday afternoon to Friday 9am
  • Gazetted Long Weekend – 4 nights – Friday afternoon to Tuesday 9am or Thursday afternoon to Monday 9am depending upon the day of the public holiday.
  • Please note: Boarding or returning on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday incurs an additional fee.
  • Pacific Blue, Ocean Spirit and Island Dream – special conditionals apply.
 Runaway BearPatriciaWandererWave BreakMisty BlueMarie ClaireJFS Rhyanna, Paradise II and Image AnneGypsea Belle and Blue BayouKalindaIsland DreamSpa Boat Ocean SpiritSpa Boat Pacific Blue
Security Bond1,5001,5001,5001,5001,5002000200020002000200020002000
Off-Peak (1 May – 31 August)
Weekend or

Long Weekend

Normal Season
Weekend  or Midweek7709951,0601,1601,3001,6801,8002,1002,2002,9003,5003,500
Long Weekend8201,1801,2501,3501,4501,9002,0002,4002,5003,5004,0004,000
Peak Season (1 December – 31 January)
Weekend  or Midweek8951,2801,3501,4501,5001,9602,2502,5002,6003,4003,9003,900
Australia Day Long Weekend 20241,1501,5701,6501,7501,8502,5002,7003,0003,1003,9504,4004,400
Christmas 2023 – boarding Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December
7 nights1,7002,4002,6003,0003,2503,8004,3004,5004,8005,7006,9506,950
New Year 2023/2024 – Subject to availability
7 nights1,7502,5002,7003,1003,3003,9004,6004,8005,2006,6007,2507,250
Easter 2024 – Boarding Thursday 28th March returning Tuesday 2nd April
5 nights1,6502,0002,1002,3002,5003,3503,8004,0004,2005,0005,5005,500
Fuel Charges
Per Engine Hour292929303036363636454555
  • Security Bond – $1,500 for our smaller houseboats and $2,000 for all of our larger vessels.
  • $500 deposit ($250 for Runaway Bear and $1,000 for Ocean Spirit, Island Dream and Pacific Blue) is required at all times to secure booking
  • Balance of hire fee to be paid minimum of 30 days prior to departure on normal and off-peak seasons
  • For Christmas and New Year hires $1,000 deposit is required to secure booking, with 50% of balance of hire due by 120 days and 100% due 90 days prior
  • Fuel per engine hour may vary due to fluctuating fuel prices
  • Tariffs subject to change without notice
  • Weekend – Friday afternoon to Monday 8.00am: 2 or 3 nights
  • Midweek – Monday afternoon to Friday 8.00am: 4 nights
  • Week – Monday afternoon to Monday 8.00am or Friday afternoon to Friday 8.00am: 7 nights
  • Gazetted Long Weekend – Friday afternoon to Tuesday 8.00am or Thursday afternoon to Monday 8.00am: 4 nights
  • A Gazetted Long Weekend occurs when there is a public holiday on the Monday or Friday
  • Returning or boarding on a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday will incur an additional fee.
  • Easter: Thursday afternoon to Tuesday 8.00am: 5 nights
  • Doona: Eiderdowns, comforters, duvets.
  • Esky: also known as chilli-bin, cooler, ice-box to Kiwi, North
  •  American and European visitors.
  • Please read our Hire Terms and Procedures for information on how to make your booking.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you consider taking out travel insurance for those unforeseen things that may require you to cancel your hire. Whilst we are compassionate towards illness, injury and family loss, we cannot cover the cost of short notice cancellations.

This can be particularly embarrassing and a financial strain for you if your friends decide to pull out on you at the last minute.


All houseboats (and tenders) under NSW Maritime Authority must not be operated after sunset. Therefore if for any reason you are not ready to depart by 3:30pm (off-peak season) on your boarding day, you may be unable to leave the marina until the following morning. The time taken for the compulsory briefing and driving lesson to get you out to the closest anchorage point would put us outside the regulations.

Please ask us for more information on late arrivals.


Due to the nature of houseboating and the number of boats we operate, we need to adhere to strict departure times.  It is important that you and your group are all set ready to go at your pre-determined boarding time which will be confirmed on booking.  

Boarding and returning on days that fall outside of our standard hire periods can be arranged, however additional costs will be incurred.


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