General Info

Things you need to know..

Weekend hires start Friday between 8:30am and 2pm and Saturday hires start from 8.30 am. Vessels are due back by 3pm on a Sunday. Midweek hires Monday to Thursday start from 8.30 am and return by 3 pm. During peak holiday periods the return time is 2 pm. There are no returns on a Friday due to the weekend departures.

Full payment of your rental is required on the day of your departure. Personal and company cheques are not accepted. Cash, Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted on departure. Direct deposits are accepted prior to your departure date by arrangement. All costings are in Australian dollars (AUD$).

Fuel is charged on actual consumption. On your return the tank is refilled so you are charged only for what fuel you have used.

Once you have paid your deposit the rental charge is held firm.

The deposit, less a $100 administration fee, will be returned if notified 30 days prior to the hire commencement date. Deposit refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the hire commencement date will only be refunded once the vessel has been re-booked.

The above are strictly forbidden for safety and/or health reasons. If you require assistance for breathing equipment please phone us. Boating license and experience are not required. We will personally brief you on board the vessel and then take you on a short cruise from our marina into the main river. This ensures you are well versed in driving the vessel and its operation. In addition to this, a detailed manual of operation is kept on board for reference.


All our vessels are fully insured. An excess may apply in circumstances where the hirer is at fault. An insurance excess waiver option is offered for your peace of mind should you choose to accept it (a charge applies which varies by vessel type). Wilful or reckless damage is not covered.

Detailed maps are kept on board. In addition, the vessels are fitted with GPS tracking. You can relax in the knowledge that you can call us at any time to check your location. Our cruising areas include Cowan Creek through to Bobbin Head and Akuna Bay. Berowra Creek, through to Berowra Waters. Also, the Hawkesbury River through to Spencer and as far as Wisemans Ferry. CLICK HERE for the Hawkesbury River detailed map

The essentials: Bring your own linen, including sheets, pillows, doonas (or sleeping bags) and towels. There is no linen provided on the vessel. We can provide hire linen if you prefer.

  1. ‘Linen pack including sheet, pillow, pillowcase, and towel = $25
  2. Doonas – Single $9 ea OR Double $12 ea.

You also need to bring your food, drink and personal effects.

Towing your own trailer boat behind the houseboat is usually acceptable. Please check with our office at the time of booking as size restrictions apply.

For safety reasons, hire houseboats are strictly prohibited from cruising at night under Maritime legislation.

There are a limited number of restaurants on the river as well as nice accommodation both in Brooklyn and nearby. We do recommend that you do your grocery shopping prior to arriving in Brooklyn. Whilst Brooklyn does have general stores and a bottle shop, there is no main supermarket.

Restaurant Guide CLICK HERE

Accommodation & Water Taxi CLICK HERE

Cowan Creek Itinerary CLICK HERE

Need More Information?

Simply phone us to talk to our friendly staff or, better still, call in for a look and a chat. You can be assured you won’t be disappointed and you will understand why we say “all our lookers are bookers”!

Happy Customers

Such a wonderful experience cruising along the stunning scenery on a spacious comfortable houseboat! Thank you to the team for looking after us. Everyone we spoke to at Holidays Afloat were so lovely and helpful from booking, to pre-departure, to boarding... everything was so easy and we enjoyed every moment! Can’t wait to experience this again!! Thank you!!

Klara Illuzzi

Google Review

Karen and the team we’re wonderful from 'go to woe'. Excellent service, great boat, easy to drive and despite bad weather, we still had a great time.

Can highly recommend!

Seb Brandt

Google Review

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