Conditions and Code of Conduct

Special Conditions

The number of persons hiring a houseboat must not exceed the number of berths provided. The person driving a houseboat must be over the age of 18, or in some cases 21 years of age (check prior to booking),and hold either a current drivers or a boat operators licence, and all maritime regulations must be abided by.

Houseboats must not be driven at night. Instructions on handling the boat is given before departure. Under no circumstances are firearms, axes, chainsaws and trail bikes allowed. Pets are usually not permitted on board.

Houseboat proprietors reserve the right to refuse permission to board at their discretion.

Tariffs, Deposits, Fuel cost and  Security Bonds

Rates, including GST, are for the cost of the houseboat regardless of the number of people on board. A deposit will be required to confirm a booking, with the balance of the hire fee usually required 6 – 8 weeks in advance. The cost for fuel used must be paid for on completion of hire. Before boarding, a security bond will be payable. This fee is usually between $500 to $2,000.

All Rates are subject to alteration without notice.

Cancellation Policy

Please note: This cancellation policy is widely accepted by Houseboat hirers, however, businesses reserve the right to specify individual cancellation policies. Best you check with each business.

In the event of the cancellation of the booking, no money will be refunded until the houseboat is re-booked for the relevant hire period. A rebooking fee may be charged and deducted from the refund. Where booking cancellation occurs and the houseboat cannot be rebooked for that hire period the owner reserves the right, at its discretion to retain or refund all or part of the monies paid.

Code of Conduct for Houseboat Users

  • In conjunction with the instructions you will receive from the houseboat operator, we ask that you please consider the following points whilst on your holiday. These will ensure that you return safely and the environment will still be there for you, and others, to enjoy in the future.
  • Be aware of yours and other boat user’s rights, obligations, responsibilities, and show courtesy to other river users at all times.
  • Take pride in handling your boat. Do not exceed 4 knots within 30 metres of any moored vessel, jetties, ramps or swimmers. This rule is for your protection too. Keep a watch at all times.
  • Be aware of speed limits in restricted areas and stick within them. Watch your wake and its effect on other river users.
  • Respect the privacy of property owners by being aware of land ownership and where you can and cannot moor a houseboat.
  • The riverbank is not all public land, but there is nothing wrong treating it as though it is your own.
  • Be aware that noise levels travel much further on the river. Please respect other river users and residents by keeping all noise levels to a minimum, especially at night times.
  • Do not cut down trees and shrubs or gather dead wood, it is an important part of the natural ecology. Purchase firewood from the houseboat operator or bring yourself.
  • Use environmentally friendly products, i.e. phosphate free biodegradable detergents and soaps.
  • Be aware of your responsibilities regarding the handling of all waste, in particular, rubbish disposal.
  • When refuelling ski boats, ensure it is carried out safely to prevent accidents and spillage.

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