Myall Lakes Getaway Houseboats Availability
33ft and 45ft houseboats
33 ft Houseboat – 2 of these: 2-6 Berth, 4 adults maximum plus 2 children under 12, great for 1 or 2 couples or a young family, size of a large caravan
45 ft Houseboat – 3 of these: 2-10 Berth, great for a 1 or 2 families or up to 5 couples, size of a small apartment or cabin
45 ft Houseboat – “12 berth LEO”: 1 of these 10 adults maximum. This boat is the same size and design as the other 45s and has 2 small size, single mattresses that can be put on the floor.
Book a houseboat and get FREE PARKING for your car, caravan and boat trailer here at the marina.
Motoring Hours Fee
A fee of $25 per motoring hour applies to cover the cost of servicing, replacing motors and fuel usage.
Past hires have produced an average of 2-3 motoring hours per day. There are no other costs.
We do not charge for pump-out and re-watering. (some houseboat hire companies do charge for this)
Your hire price includes gas usage of up to 2 x 9kg gas bottles and one extra BBQ gas bottle.
No-one has run out of gas since we bought the business here in 2008. This includes hires of 2-3 weeks in length.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Direct Deposit or cash.
For pricing on the above tables, we are very flexible and hires can be any number of nights. (Up to 14 nights, 1 night will be charged as 2)
There are 2 “hire dates” conditions…
1/ Hires cannot finish on a Saturday. You may book a return date on a Saturday but the hire will be priced to include that night.
A Friday return is 10am, if there is no weekend booking for your boat,we will offer you a 1pm return. This option can be taken up on Thursday during your hire.
2/ Hires cannot be booked to start on a Sunday. A Hire may be possible starting on a Sunday but the option will only be there if the boat isn’t booked for the previous weekend. Please book from Monday and call a couple of days before to take up this option if available.
Hire Times: All Hires are counted on nights not days. Hires commence with boarding at 1pm first day. Return times are 1pm on the last day, except Friday is a 10am return. (4pm return on all Sundays, also Mondays on Long weekends).
Earlier start times may be available at no extra cost if the houseboat is not returning the same day. A time can be organised by calling after 4pm on the previous day.
We will do our best to get you underway as soon as possible depending on the circumstances of the day.
Most hirers get underway between 3 and 4 pm. There may be up to 6 boats leaving on the same day.
Briefing (getting to know how everything works)
Your briefing may be done by watching a video on your boat or someone will do the briefing in person.
You can ask questions and ask for a demonstration of anything once you have watched the video if it’s not done in person.
Starting the motors and a revision of anchoring and mooring will also be done in person.
Prices include GST (Goods and Services Tax). Prices are subject to alteration without notice. Paying your deposit locks in the price.
A $500 deposit per boat is needed to secure most bookings. A $1000 deposit is required on hires over $3000.
The balance is paid on the day of the hire except hires during NSW and Queensland Public school holidays where the balance is required 4 weeks before the start of the school holidays. Christmas school holiday balance required before 1st December.
In general, whilst on hire, we require a $1,000.00 security bond for the duration of your holiday. You may choose this to be done with a credit card authorization or we can hold a cash bond. IF you pay a cash bond, then please bring your bank account details with you as we do not return cash. It will be returned by direct deposit into a bank account. Your hire fee includes insurance for damage or loss for amounts above the insurance excess which is $2,000.
All bonds include up to $150 for cleaning if the boat is not returned with basic housekeeping done.
Additional Items For Hire (see photos above, to the left of the prices table)
Outboard Motor for the dinghy ($25 per day, to a maximum of $100 so 5 nights or more is still $100) We don’t include the cost of a motor in every hire as not everyone wants to use a motor.
In most cases, you can anchor as close as 20m from shore, so that’s as far as you will need to row.
Additional Conditions – updated 09/02/18
- Age and gender:
Mixed male and female groups.
At least 1 person per group must be over the age of 25. This can be wavered at the management’s discretion, an additional $2000 bond may be required.
Return hirers who we accept again will have a $1,000.00 bond.
- If everyone on board is under 40 then the bond is $3,000.00. (Except for Families with under 12 year olds on board, bond is $1,000.00)
- Unless you are couples, or Father and son, Mother and daughter etc… All male or all female groups are not accepted unless you are all over 40 years old.
If you arrive and you are an all male or all female group under 40’s, without our written (emailed) permission, you will not be allowed to take the hire and you will lose any moneys paid.
These tougher conditions are a result of recent experiences, unfortunately, the minority of badly behaved groups spoil it for everyone.
Sorry, no pets allowed. The lakes are protected by National Park’s laws.
- No firearms allowed on board.
You have full access to the Myall Lakes (over 3 times the size of Sydney Harbour).
No access south of Tamboy. (river between Tea Gardens and the Lakes)
No access to jetties or wharves
You must arrive at the marina at least 3.5 hours before the official sunset time. This is due to the available daylight needed to pack your houseboat, receive the briefing, navigate the river and reach the first available anchorage. If you arrive later than this time or you take too long packing the boat, you will stay on your houseboat at the marina and leave the next morning. (the houseboat must be pulling away from the marina 2+ hours before sunset.)
A page of frequently asked questions is available.