Do I need a skippers ticket?

No, the Hirer will receive a Safety and Operation Induction on arrival, regardless of experience.

What qualification do I need?

A current C class (regular) Drivers License and a practical attitude

Is the houseboat easy to drive?

Yes. The helm has a steering wheel and throttle controls are forward/neutral/reverse. Speed is governed to 8 knots.

Is it safe?

Yes. The Blackwood River is protected by steep banks and is gazetted inland waters
Yes. We are fully licensed operators.
The Induction follows an approved Safety brief. Safety equipment is on-board as per Hire-and-Drive regulations. All our hire vessels are fully surveyed and compliant with Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Regardless, we 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 most of the area of operation.
We have access points, a rescue vessel and Safety backup procedures in place.

Where can I go?

28km of pristine National Park up to Alexandra Bridge by houseboat or even further in your dinghy.

Where do I stop?

You have right of way and will moor up at 1 of our carefully selected mooring positions. These are distinctive flat yellow swing moorings with a number corresponding to our map and a loop rope to hook on to. Mooring up is part of the Induction usually at mooring 6, where the Induction ends. Houseboats do not tie off to the banks.

What if my group has 2 or 3 houseboats?

Great! there are special locations for larger parties and you will have more fresh water, bathroom space and dinghies to go around.

May I moor in town?

Yes! Houseboats can access our town based moorings for access to Augusta

What if I run out of supplies?

Theres a small kiosk for bait, fuel and basic grocery items upriver OR take your dinghy into town from the town moorings OR return to Base & go to Augusta by car OR get your groceries delivered to 780 Fisher Rd, adjacent to mooring 6

What do I bring?

Fishing gear, water toys, food, drinks, bathers, dvd’s, music, binoculars, books & sunscreen.

What is there to do?

Cruise - Fish - Relax - bush walk - kayak - standup paddle board - ski - swim - birdwatch - stargaze - hunt out unique flora and wildflowers - see local wineries by car from Alexandra Bridge - lunch at local cafes by dinghy
Or take in a winery or two or day tour, accessible from Alexandra Bridge.
Tours to local wineries, galleries and other local attractions can be arranged departing from Alexandra Bridge.

Where do I leave my car?

Houseboat Base. There's plenty of secure parking for vehicles and even a couple of caravans. We live on site for your peace of mind.

What if I arrive late?

4pm is our last Induction time. Vessels must be moored by 6pm and the Induction takes approx 1 1/2 hours. Don’t worry, West Bay has some of the best views in the river and you will receive your 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 - depending on how you drive them.

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.

Fresh drinking water

Yes. There is fresh drinking quality water on board. The on board water services all needs ie kitchen and bathroom so its wise to be WATERWISE. Houseboats RIVER & STORM carry 1500 ltrs. 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 with usb point at the helm for charging phones. 2kva generator on board for small appliances incl microwave. Byo coffee machine but please no engels unless you use them as a freezer.

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.

Can I have a pet on the houseboats?

No, the area of operation is national park and the houseboats are not set up for pet security but we know a good local kennel. We absolutely welcome guide dogs or a working animal on board Houseboat River, only. Please contact us for details,


Accessibility has been considered for people of varying levels of ability. The bathrooms are not wheelchair friendly however other aspects including running a cpap machine or guests with mobility issues are addressed. Or please call us to chat 0439959638

Do you use environmentally conscious cleaning products?

Yes. We use enzyme based, covid approved, Australian Made cleaning products.

Do you recycle?

Yes. The houseboats have recycle bins on board. When a boat returns from hire, the recycle bins are sorted. We participate in the Containers for Change scheme which is managed by LEEUWIN LIONS of Augusta. The funds raised are donated and used to support the community.

Can I run my coffee machine?

Yes, if you love to bring your coffee machine on holidays - yes you can.

More questions?

We’re more than happy to answer all of your questions. Give us a call or send an email and we’ll respond asap.

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