Frequently asked questions...
Do I need a special licence?
No! A current drivers licence is sufficient.
Can anyone drive a Houseboat, even if they haven't done any boating before?
Yes! providing you are over 18 years of age. On your arrival you are given instructions on the operation and navigation of your Houseboat by a fully licenced operator. You are then taken for a short instructional cruise to make sure you are comfortable handling the craft.
How many people are allowed on a Houseboat?
Maritime regulations state the number of persons on board must not exceed the number of berths, the maximum permissible is 10. Children under 12 months of age are not included in the count.
Are Houseboat holidays suitable for children?
Yes! Houseboats are an ideal family holiday. If regulations are adhered to and common sense is used, we can all enjoy the river. Most Houseboats have excellent child safety areas.
What is on the Houseboat?
Just about everything is provided. Individual features appear on this web site depending on which houseboat you wish to hire.
What do I need to bring?
All you need to is your food, drinks, personal clothes/toiletries and cash bond, Feel free to bring what ever will make your stay pleasurable. Things to consider: beach towels for spa/swimming, CD’s, DVD’s, camera, chargers, sunscreen, insect repellent, coffee pods and laundry powder. Are you a skier, then ski gear. Are you a fisherman, then fishing gear. Are you a birdwatcher, then maybe binoculars.
If coming interstate, please don't bring fresh fruit and vegetables as there a strict restriction laws. Buy your food when you get here or order online.
How much bond will I have to pay and when do I get it back?
Cash Bonds are: Fifth Dimension $1200 | Class Act $800. Bonds are usually refunded within 7 working days minus fuel costs and if any damage incurred.
What happens if I damage the boat?
The Houseboat is insured. Providing the terms & conditions of hire are adhered to. Willful or negligent damage is not covered.
How far can I travel?
Houseboats travel at an average speed of approx. 8 km per hour. Most people average approx. 4-5 hours per day traveling. Keep in mind the time you have available giving sufficient time for your return journey.
Murray Bridge houseboats must not travel further south than the Wellington Ferry and no further north than Swan Reach, without prior permission of owner/manager.
Renmark/Paringa houseboats must not travel further north than Devils elbow (just south of Lock 7)
Can I drive the Houseboat at night?
No! Houseboats must not be driven after sunset.
How much fuel will I use and how much will it cost?
Fuel usage and costs depend on many variables. The houseboats are fitted with twin 75 hp fuel injected economical motors which run the most economical at 22oo revs (7-8km/hr) and so you can expect to use approximately 13 lt/hr. Also allow 2 lt/hr to run the generator. The generator will run any appliance on board like microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine and spa. It needs to be run at least 2 hr/day to keep the batteries topped up.
The fuel used will be calculated on your return and the cost will be deducted from your bond.
What happens if I need help?
Houseboats are fitted with two-way radios and / or use your mobile phone in case you need assistance.
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