Blackwood Houseboats – Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a skippers ticket?
No. All hirers’ receive practical instruction, regardless of experience.
A current A class (regular) Drivers License
Is it easy to drive?
Yes. Controls are simply forward/reverse. Speed is governed.
Yes. The lesson follows an approved Safety brief, as part of our license requirements. Safety equipment is on-board as per DoT Hire-and-Drive regulations. All hire vessels are approved under Marine Survey standards
Yes. You have 2-way radio and next-gen phone reception in the river
28km of pristine National Park up to Alexandra Bridge
You will moor up at any of our carefully selected mooring positions.
Houseboats do not tie off to the banks.
Great! More fresh water and dinghies to share with certain moorings designated for larger groups
In the dinghy only. Houseboats are not permitted at the town jetty
Molloy Caravan Park has a small kiosk for bait, fuel, and basic
grocery items or take you dinghy into town or return to Base & go to Augusta by car
Fishing gear, food, drinks, bathers, dvd’s, music, binoculars, books & sunscreen
Fish, bush walk, swim, bird-watch, star-gaze, wildflowers or crabs in-seasonTours to local wineries, galleries and other local attractions can be now arranged departing from Alexandra Bridge, YAY, finally!!
Base has ample secure parking and we live there for peace of mind
4pm is the cut off to get you up the river, to comply with license requirements. You will moor on the jetty or at Westbay mooring & receive your lesson the following morning
Houseboats tanks are full at commencement of hire. Costs are calculated on actual consumption depending on how much cruising you do. The average hire is 40-60 litres in the houseboats and 5-15 in the dinghy
Safety – use the on board lifejackets, HP is governed for safety
Operating instructions – are included in the lesson
Fuel – 2-stroke mix see on board trouble shooting guide. Full at commencement of hire.
Drinking – Houseboats RIVER & STORM carry 1500 ltrs drinking water for all uses.
Houseboat Allira carries 2000 ltrs
Usage – All water is stored on board. Conservative use will give you
3 – 4 days then you will return to Base for servicing.
Solar with battery backup. 2kva generator on board for small appliances, no engels please but all good for coffee machines
A 2 point socket at the helm for data cables, otherwise give your hair a holiday and leave your hairdryer at home!
King George Whiting, black bream, tailor, mullett, crabs in season