Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I don’t have any experience with boats will I still be able to take the houseboat?
A: Yes you will, we will give you instruction and stay with you til you are comfortable about taking the houseboat controls on your own. and we are comfortable with leaving it with you
Q: Do I need a boat license?
A: No License Required.
Q: Where do I leave my car?
A: The marina has a large carpark which is under constant CC video surveillance. It is not a locked carpark but there has never been an issue with their security in the past. There is room for campervans and boat trailers as well. No extra charge for parking.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Food, drinks, bath towels, toiletries. For personal belongings we suggest, hats, camera, fishing gear and don’t forget a few favourite cassettes, CD’s, DVD’s and movies on disc or memory stick. (There is no TV reception) Please remember space is limited on board try to pack everything in soft bags.
Q: What linen is provided?
A.. The 45′ houseboats have 2 double beds made with sheets, doona and pillows. The other 2 doubles and 2 singles are made up from the lounge and dining area. You need to bring sheets if using those beds.
The 33′ houseboats have 1 double bed made with sheets, doona and pillows. The other double and 2 singles are made up from the lounge and dining area. You need to bring sheets if using those beds.
Q: Where can I buy groceries?
A: There is an IGA store in Bulahdelah, as well as a butcher and baker. Alternatively we can shop and have your boat stocked for you for an extra $80.00 plus items.
Q: Where can we buy extra supplies once we are on the lake system?
A: There are two stores on the lake. One is at at Myall Shores (Legges Camp) and another store is available at Bungwahl which is at the top end of the lake system. Both stores have basic supplies such as milk and bread. Bungwahl sells both food and alcohol and offers a delivery service to the lakeside for orders over $100. Manuals provided on board have telephone numbers of both stores.
Q: Can we drink the fresh water supplied with the boat?
A: Yes you can. It is our town water.
Q: How big is the fridge?
A: The fridge is the size of a caravan fridge. Photos can be found on the “45′ Houseboat” and “33′ Houseboat” pages. The boats also have 2 large eskies. The power supply will not cope with an extra portable fridge. Please bring your own power supply if you are bringing an extra fridge.
Q: Is there fresh water on board?
A: You have 2000ltrs of fresh water on our 45 ft and 1000ltrs on the 33ft houseboats. The water is for the kitchen and shower. You will have enough to last for your whole week if you have only 3 minute showers.
Q: What facilities are there on board?
A: Onboard you will find a well equipped galley with sink, gas stove with 4 burners, oven and grill, crockery, cutlery and tea towels are also supplied. On the 45′ there are 2 double beds made up with sheets, pillows and a doona. The 33′ has 1 double bed made up with sheets, pillows and doona. There are pillows and a doona or blanket for every bed. Extra sheets can be hired @ $10 for the duration of your hire. We supply washing up and cleaning gear and toilet paper.
There is a toilet and hot shower. Comfortable outdoor furniture, a stainless steel BBQ and a quality sound system with a CD player. The boats also have a DVD player and screen but no TV reception.
Q: Can I use a hairdryer on board?
A: Only 12 volt, or under 600wt and even then it would use a lot of battery power.
Appliances that are rated at under 600wt often have a startup boost of much more that the inverter cannot supply.
Q: Is there a microwave?
A: No but we do have a stainless steel gas BBQ.
Q: What is the reception like for mobile phones?
A: There is very good reception, only a few small “black spots”.
Q. Are pets allowed on the houseboat?
A. As we operate in a National Park we are not permitted to allow pets on the houseboats.
Q: Do you have the facility to charge my mobile phone?
A: Yes we do have a 12 volt d.c. socket for mobile phones. Also an inverter is available on request
so you can use your home mobile phone or computer charger.
Q: Is the lake fresh water?
A: Yes its fresh to brackish, surrounded by National Parks with numerous sandy beaches.
Q: Is it safe to swim?
A: Yes it is safe to swim. There are no sharks or crocodiles, or other stingers you get in salt water.
Q: Is the Myall Lake tidal?
A: No. There is no need to worry overnight or if you leave your houseboat for a long period, there will still be the same amount of water under it when you get back as when you left it. No chance of getting stranded “when the tide goes out”.
Q: What fish are in the lake?
A: Bream, mullet, flathead, bass, blackfish and maybe the odd eel.
Q: Do I need a fishing licence?
A: You will need a licence unless you are under 18 or Retired with a valid “centrelink” Concession Card.
Follow this link to purchase your licence online.
Q: What is the best bait?
Q: How fast does the boat go?
A: Maximum speed is between 5 & 7 knots.
Q: Do the boats have eskies?
A: Yes, one large freestanding esky and on the 45′ an additional large built-in one at the back of the boat.
Q: Do you sell ice at the marina?
A: Yes, we sell block ice and party ice.
Q: Can I bring my speedboat and tie it to the houseboat?
A: Yes you can, in which case you may want to leave our dinghy behind. Please provide your own tow rope.