Myall Lakes Getaway Houseboats
33 ft – 1 of these: ARIES 2-6 Berth, 3 adults maximum, great for a couple or a young family, size of a large caravan, no more than 3 people over the age of 14.
45 ft – 5 of these: 2-10 Berth, great for 1 or 2 families or up to 5 couples, size of a small apartment or cabin. (We don’t recommend more than 8 people)
You can park your car just a few metres from the houseboat, no relocating cars and humping gear from far away. Multiple cars per hire ok!
If you love camping and cabins, you’ll love this “glorified camping” holiday with a waterfront view wherever you go.
The fishing is a bit “hit and miss”. Please don’t book this if you’re after a “Fishing Holiday.” Some people catch lots and others don’t get a bite.
We operate in a National Park so sorry, No pets are allowed.
**COVID POLICY updated 20th March 2022** Any payments made will be transferred to other dates within 3 years if any government lockdown in our postcode 2423, or your, the hirer’s postcode, prevents you from arriving for your hire, even with no notice. The cost of the hire will depend on the dates you choose at the time of rebooking.
New dates can be organized at a later date. The amount you have paid needs to be at least the minimum amount for the new hire.
***we can add you to the waiting list if your dates are not available
This can be done using the online booking system click here
Or/ *** fill in the inquiry form and check ***waiting list***
Please read all our conditions of hire before booking.
When you book 5 nights, the 6th night is free!
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The midweek hire rate cannot include a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. Up to 4 nights only.
Book a houseboat and get FREE PARKING for your car, caravan and boat trailer here at the marina. Multiple car parking per hire is also available for free. Park just a few meters from your houseboat. Your car stays there while you are away. No relocating the car a distance away.
All credit card payments incur a 1% charge to cover our costs.
Your deposit and balance can also be paid by direct deposit. You can pay in cash at the office on or before the due date.
The hire balance is due:
Spring and Autumn School holiday bookings: 4 weeks before the start of the holidays
Christmas School holidays: before 15th November.
All other bookings: 4 weeks before the hire.
- Block and party ice for sale here at the marina
6kg party ice $5 8lt block ice $10 (hiring a houseboat includes $5 off each block ice)
A rare sight to see all 5 of our 45ft houseboats here at the marina.
Motoring Hours Fee
A fee of $28 per motoring hour applies to cover the cost of servicing, replacing motors and fuel usage.
Past hires have produced an average of 2 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, American Express, Direct Deposit or cash. American Express fee is 2.5%,
all other credit card transactions are 1%. Debit cards have no additional fee. (select savings or cheque)
For pricing on the above tables, we are very flexible and hires can be any number of nights. (Up to 10 nights, 1 night will be charged as 2) Hires of more than 7 nights cannot contain 2 Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights.
There are 3 “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. Hires cannot finish on the Friday before a long weekend.
2/ Hires cannot start on a Sunday. Exception: 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.
3/ Hires can be up to 10 nights. Hires cannot contain two Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights. 10-night hires are from Monday to Thursday in the following week.
Hire Times: All Hires are counted on nights not days. Hires commence with boarding at 1pm the first day. Return times are 1pm on the last day and 4pm return on all Sundays, also Mondays on Long weekends.
Earlier start times may be available at no extra cost. A time can be organized 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 about 1.5 – 2 hours after arrival here at the marina. There may be up to 6 boats leaving on the same day.
The 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. This takes approx 40 mins.
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 $3000 or more.
The balance is due 4 weeks before the hire except for hires Christmas school holiday, the balance is required before 15th November.
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. You will also be responsible for any loss of income on a hire booked that can’t go ahead because of the damage.
A charge of up to $150 for cleaning applies if the boat is not returned with basic housekeeping done.
Garbage disposal included: 33ft houseboat hire: one large garbage bin for each 2 days: 45ft houseboat hire: one large garbage bin for each day.
Bags are provided and excess garbage is stored in the back bilge during your hire. Extra bags disposal @$5 per bag ( each bag containing only what will fit in the provided bin.)
We offer a service to bring your extra guests, ice, fuel for your ski-boat and groceries etc to points on the lakes by car where you can meet us by boat.
We charge $30-40 to most areas, $50 to the very top of the lakes.
The dinghy is complimentary with oars only. You can bring an outboard Motor up to 5hp, like the one here in the photo.
In most cases, you can anchor as close as 20m from shore, so that’s as far as you will need to row. We recommend that you anchor in 1m depth of water so usually, you can wade in, a lot of hirers don’t even use or take the dinghy.
With so much water around you might like to hire a kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Lazy Paddles can deliver single sit-on-top kayaks and SUPs to Bulahdelah for you to take on your houseboat (subject to availability). $200 per kayak or SUP for two nights, $300 for five nights – includes delivery to Bulahdelah.
Call Lazy Paddles on 0412 832 220 to book. This is a separate business and all inquiries need to be directed to Lazy Paddles.
Have a group of six or more? Lazy Paddles can take you on a kayak tour at a suitable location on the Myall lakes or river. Call Lazy Paddles on 0412 832 220 to discuss options for a fun activity for all the family.
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, the 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 50 years old.
If you arrive and you are an all-male or all-female group under 50s, without our written (emailed) permission, you will not be allowed to take the hire and you will lose any money paid. If we do allow the hire, a bond of $500 per person will be required. (minimum $3000 per boat)
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
- At times, the National Park may be closed due to extreme conditions like bushfire threat. The waterways remain open and you may have limited access to the land. Usually, Myall Shores Holiday Park also remains open so you have access to extra supplies and coffee-shop, etc.
- The Myall River is subject to flooding in extreme weather events. If we are unable to fulfill the hire because of flood, your hire will be transferred to another time within 3 years. Choose a date that suits you. The hire cost will be calculated at the time you book in the new dates and needs to be at least the value of any monies paid. Since 2008 we have experienced about 5 floods that prevented us from putting out hires. Usually it only lasts a few days.
We can’t control the weather and in strong winds, for your safety, you may be required to stay at the marina, here in Bulahdelah on the first night. If winds prevent you from taking the hire on the 2nd day, we will postpone the hire and you will receive a credit for any money paid to be used within 3 years. No compensation is available as this is a safety requirement. You may wish to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances. This can be found online or at any Australia Post office or Flight Centre.
While out on the lakes, we will advise you where the boat should be to get shelter from the wind. On your day of return, if winds are unfavorable to navigate the river safely, (over 30kts) we will arrange for you to be picked up at Nerong or Myall Shores by car and bring the boat back to the marina when it is safe to do so, at our cost, only the motoring hour fee applies.
Ideally, please 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.