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Frequently Asked Questions

A houseboat holiday is a great adventure and will be heaps of fun. If you haven’t ventured into these waters before you probably have a few questions. Here are some that we are often asked, if you have others please just give us a call (1300 853 787) or send us an email (info@noosaleisuretime.com.au)


Q. Can anyone drive a Houseboat?
A. Yes! The nominated 'skipper' must be over 21-years of age, and have a bit of common sense! On the day of your departure you will receive a full brief, which includes driving instructions and maps. No boat licence is required (car licence is required). We will drive with you initially until you are comfortable and confident and we will also meet you on the last day of your hire and drive the vessel back to the Marina.


Q. Who can come on the vessels?
A. Our vessels are friendly to people of all ages; Mums and Dads, Kids, Nana’s & Pops – everyone! We do our best to accommodate everyone - the jetty to the boats is a ramp; the living area on the Sea Venture is all on one level, with lots of space both downstairs and upstairs. The flybridge is accessed via a staircase (not a ladder).
Unfortunately due to health regulations family pets can’t come along on the holiday.


Q. How many people can sleep on the vessels?
Our Sea Venture is licenced to carry a maximum of 12-people at any one time. She will comfortably sleep up to 8-people (10 max). There are 2 double berths, a single bunk and fold out double sofa bed.
Our Cruisecat is licenced to carry a maximum of 8-people at any one time, and will comfortably sleep 5-people (7-max). There are 2x double berths, 1x single berth and the dinette unit converts to a large queen size bed.


Q. What will I need to bring?
A. Our boats are very well equipped with everything that will make your holiday comfortable ~ check out the full list in the Helpful Info section.
You may like to bring a few comforts from home; personal toiletries, swimmers, sunnies, beach towel, lots of sunscreen, wide brimmed hats, sand shoes or sandals. Camera, extra DVDs & CDs, board games, cards, drinking water and aeroguard.
You will need to bring your food, drinks, fishing bait and ice.


Q. Where can we cruise?
A. The houseboat boundary is up to the entrance of Lake Cootharbara (which is the top lake) and down to T-Boat hire which is along Gympie Terrace just before the Noosa Bar. All in all this is about 3-hours cruising time. Up river is very peaceful and surrounded by national park & wildlife. Down river along Gympie Terrace, there is more activity and access to shops, restaurants, parkland and markets. Refer to our maps section for more detail. During the briefing we will recommend some great anchoring spots and show you how to do this. There are lots of great spots to stay overnight or if you want to, you can access the shore with your tender.


Q. When can we cruise?
A. Night travel is not permitted and you should be anchored ½ an hour before sunset. Other than that there are no restrictions. Obviously common sense should prevail.


Q. What do we do if we get into trouble?
Contact base using your mobile phone (approx 95% of the area has good coverage – make sure you bring your car charger to charge your mobile phone). Both vessels are fitted with 27 MHz radios so you can contact the Coast Guard also, if necessary. If you get into any trouble – someone will always be available to help you.


Q. Where can I leave my car while I’m away?
A. Parking is available at the Noosa Marina (at no cost), or if you prefer secure parking is available in Noosaville. Refer to the Helpful Info section.


Q. What time can we take the houseboat?
Our departure briefs can be conducted between 8:00am-3.00pm subject to briefing schedule (this brief takes up to 1½ hours), and the arrival time back at Noosa Marina is 8.30am. If you need to make alternate times we will do our best to accommodate you, however this will be subject to availability. It’s a good idea to make sure you are shopped and ready to go by the departure time, as the briefing process can take up to 1½ hours and we want to get you out onto the river and enjoying your holiday as soon as we can.


Q. How much is fuel likely to cost?
A. Fuel is paid for at the end of the hire and is charged at $40 per cruising hour (among other things this covers the fuel for the houseboat & tender ,fridge,hot water and gas for the BBQ & cooking). How much your fuel will cost depends on how many hours you spend cruising the river system.


Q. What power is on the boat?
A. The vessels are powered by 12volt power – so you can bring any chargers that fit into a car cigarette lighter. Mobile phone, laptop etc


Q. Where can we get supplies?
A. You can pick up all of your ice and fishing needs at the Noosa Marina. The Marina is a short distance from supermarkets, post office and other convenient services in the township of Tewantin. You can access Gympie Terrace using your tender for a nice meal out at one of the many restaurants.


Q. Can we drink the water on board?
A. Yes! There is enough water on board for about a week – but remember to be conservative ….. No long showers or you will run out & have to come back to the jetty and fill up again.


Q. Can I bring my own boat?
Yes, but as we won’t be covered by insurance if anything happens, we can’t let you tow your tinnie or fishing boat behind the houseboat.