Do I need a skippers ticket?
No. Hirer’s will receive an induction on arrival, regardless of experience.
What qualification do I need?
A current C class (regular) Drivers License.
Is it easy to drive?
Yes. The helm has a steering wheel and throttle controls are forward/neutral/reverse. Speed is governed.
Is it safe?
Yes. The Blackwood River is inland waters.
The Induction follows an approved Safety brief. This is part of our License requirements. Safety equipment is on-board as per Dept of Transport, Hire-and-Drive regulations. All our hire vessels are approved under Marine Survey standards. However, we do reserve the right to suspend a hire in the event of any safety concerns including and not limited to weather conditions or competence of the Hirer.
Am I contactable?
Yes. There is 2-way coverage and next-gen phone reception in the area of operation.
Where can I go?
28km of pristine National Park up to Alexandra Bridge or further in your dinghy.
Where do I stop?
You will moor up at any of our carefully selected mooring positions. Houseboats do not tie off to the banks.
What if my group has 2 or 3 houseboats?
Great! More fresh water and dinghies to share with certain moorings designated for larger groups.
May I moor in town?
ONLY in the dinghy. Houseboats are not permitted south of Point Irwin. Houseboats cannot moor at the town jetties.
What if I run out of supplies?
Molloy Caravan Park has a small kiosk for bait, fuel and basic grocery items OR take your dinghy into town OR return to base & go to Augusta by car.
What do I bring?
Fishing gear, water toys, food, drinks, bathers, dvd’s, music, binoculars, books & sunscreen.
What is there to do?
Fish, bush walk, kayak, standup paddle board, ski, swim, bird-watch, star-gaze, wildflowers and crabbing in-season.
Tours to local wineries, galleries and other local attractions can be arranged departing from Alexandra Bridge.
Where do I leave my car?
Houseboat Base has ample secure parking. We live on-site for your peace of mind.
What if I arrive late?
4pm is our cut off to get you up the river on Day 1. Vessels must be moored by 6pm and the Induction takes approx 1 1/2 hours so we run out of operating hours. But don’t worry, West Bay has some of the best moorings in the river. You will be moored in West Bay & receive the Induction on Day 2.
The fuel tanks are full at commencement of hire. Costs are calculated on actual consumption so 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 life jackets, 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 2,000 ltrs
Usage – All water is stored on board. Conservative use will last 3 – 4 days. If you run out you will need to return to Base.
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!
Blackwood River Fishing
King George Whiting, black bream, tailor, mullett, crabs in season.
We’re more than happy to answer all of your questions. Give us a call or send an email and we’ll respond asap.