The ultimate reference for every yacht charter, houseboat or small ship cruise operator in Australia

We really struggled to find a concise directory of Australian-only boating holidays, so we decided to make one for you. We had to set some basic criteria: to be included in this directory you must be able to sleep onboard the vessel. There are many fine operators who have you stay onshore (hotels or camping) at night. They weren’t included.

The pricing is per bed/per night. This has been calculated by taking the peak season rate and dividing that by the number of berths. Some prices will seems unreasonably cheap or expensive; just remember sometimes this will include meals, service, skipper, crew, etc. Prices do vary, so these are an indication of what you can expect to pay.

We’re certain there are plenty of operators we’ve missed, but it was up to them to provide us with their details. Those included are the operators organised enough to take the three minutes needed to complete the online form.

HAWKESBURY RIVER REGION

Able Hawkesbury River Houseboats
www.hawkesburyhouseboats.com.au
cruising@hawkesburyhouseboats.com.au
1800 024 979
Departure Ports // Wiseman’s Ferry
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $97
No. of berths // 4,6,8,10 & 12

Brooklyn Marina
www.brooklynmarina.com.au
relax@brooklynmarina.com.au
02 9985 7722
Departure Ports // Brooklyn
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $425
No. of berths // 1-12

Clipper Cruiser Holidays
www.clippercruisers.com.au
the.crew@clippercruisers.com.au
02 9450 0000
Departure Ports // Akuna Bay
style of Cruise // Bareboat
Price/Person/Night // $300
No. of berths // 2-10

North Star Cruises
www.northstarcruises.com.au
cruise@northstarcruises.com.au
08 9192 1829
Departure Ports // Sydney
style of Cruise // Luxury Adventure
Price/Person/Night // $650
No. of berths // 36

Ripples Houseboats
www.ripples.com.au
info@ripples.com.au
02 9985 5555
Departure Ports // Brooklyn
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $150
No. of berths // 2-10

KIMBERLEY REGION

Aurora Expeditions
www.auroraexpeditions.com.au
auroraex@auroraexpeditions.com.au
1800 637 688
Departure Ports // Broome
style of Cruise // Expedition style exploring remote wilderness of the Kimberley Coast.
Price/Person/Night // $599
No. of berths // 46

Great Escape Charter Company
www.greatescape.net.au
info@greatescape.net.au
08 9193 5983
Departure Ports // Broome and Wyndham
style of Cruise // Luxury live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // $670
No. of berths // 14 – 29

K2O Kimberley to Ocean
www.kimberleycruise.com.au
cruise@kimberleycruise.com.au
1800 210 318
Departure Ports // Broome and Wyndham
style of Cruise // Small boat
Price/Person/Night // $600
No. of berths // 6

Kimberley Catamaran Cruises
www.shorething.com.au
info@shorething.com.au
08 9192 8668
Departure Ports // Broome and Mitchell
style of Cruise // Luxury Adventure
Price/Person/Night // $760
No. of berths // 4

North Star Cruises
www.northstarcruises.com.au
cruise@northstarcruises.com.au
08 9192 1829
Departure Ports // Broome and Wyndham
style of Cruise // Luxury Adventure
Price/Person/Night // $700
No. of berths // 36

Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises
www.kimberleyquest.com.au
cruise@kimberleyquest.com.au
08 9193 6131
Departure Ports // Broome, Mitchell Plateau, Wyndham
style of Cruise // Wilderness Expedition
Price/Person/Night // $639
No. of berths // 18

MURRAY RIVER REGION

Bella Casa Houseboats
www.bellacasahouseboats.com.au
info@bellacasahouseboats.com.au
03 5480 6211
Departure Ports // Merool Riverside Park
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $75
No. of berths // 8 – 12

Customs House Houseboats
www.customshouseboats.com.au
mail@customshouse.com.au
1300 557 706
Departure Ports // Paringa
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $62
No. of berths // 6 – 12

Captain Cook Cruises
www.captaincook.com.au
murray@captaincook.com.au
1800 804 843
Departure Ports // Mannum, Murray Bridge, Swan Reach, Blanchetown
style of Cruise // Historic Paddlesteamer
Price/Person/Night // $350
No. of berths // 128

Green & Gold Houseboats
www.greenandgoldhouseboats.com.au
enquiries@greenandgoldhouseboats.com.au
08 8541 2001
Departure Ports // Waikerie
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $58
No. of berths // 2 – 12

Griffens Marina houseboats
www.griffens-marina.com.au
griffens@riverland.net.au
08 8540 5250
Departure Ports // Blanchetown
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $131
No. of berths // 2 – 12

Houseboat Escape
www.houseboatescape.com.au
wendy@houseboatescape.com.au
1300 791 142
Departure Ports // Renmark, Mildura, Wentworth, Riverland, Sunraysia
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $75
No. of berths // 8 – 10

JP Tipping & Sons
www.murrayriver.com.au
val@daydreamerhouseboats.com.au
08 8288 1246
Departure Ports // Mannum and Morgan
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $91
No. of berths // 8 – 12

Liba Liba Houseboats
www.libaliba.com.au
libaliba@riverland.net.au
1800 810 252
Departure Ports // Renmark
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // From $38
No. of berths // 2 – 12

Magnum Houseboats
www.magnumhouseboats.com.au
magnum22@bigpond.com
08 8595 5217
Departure Ports // Renmark and Paringa
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $51
No. of berths // 2 – 12

Mildura Holiday Houseboats
www.mildurahouseboats.com.au
mdahboat@bigpond.com
1800 800 842
Departure Ports // Mildura, Darling River
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $63
No. of berths // 6 – 12

Murray River Houseboats
www.murrayriverhouseboats.com.au
mrhboats@mcmedia.com.au
03 5480 2343
Departure Ports // Echuca
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // From $50
No. of berths // 7 – 12

River Dream Boatels
www.dreamboatel.com.au
enquiry@dreamboatel.com.au
08 8223 3030
Departure Ports // Mannum
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $210
No. of berths // 2 – 10

Paddlesteamer Emmylou
www.emmylou.com.au
info@emmylou.com.au
03 5480 2237
Departure Ports // Echuca
style of Cruise // Historic Paddlesteamer
Price/Person/Night // From $195
No. of berths // 18

River Murray Houseboats
www.rivermurrayhouseboats.com.au
rivermur@riverland.net.au
0427 899 102
Departure Ports // Renmark, Paringa
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $47
No. of berths // 2 – 12

Riverfun Houseboats
www.riverfun.com.au
graham@riverfun.com.au
08 8595 5537
Departure Ports // Renmark, Paringa
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $36 – $90
No. of berths // 2 – 12

Simply The Best
www.hha.asn.au
vivbulk@netconnect.com.au
03 5392 2523
Departure Ports // Murray Bridge
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $77
No. of berths // 12

Unforgettable Houseboats
www.houseboats.com.au
unforget@lm.net.au
08 8569 2559
Departure Ports // Mannum
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // From $48
No. of berths // 2 – 12

NORTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF

Captain Cook Cruises
www.captaincook.com.au
sales@captaincook.com.au
1800 804 843
Departure Ports // Cairns, Cooktown, Lizard Island, Dunk Island,Thursday Island, Cape York
style of Cruise // Medium ship
Price/Person/Night // $357
No. of berths // 168

Explorer Ventures Australia (MV Nimrod Explorer)
www.explorerventures.com
ozinfo@explorerventures.com
07 4031 5566
Departure Ports // Cairns, Cooktown, Lockhart River
style of Cruise // Adventure live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // $531
No. of berths // 6

Magnetic Palm Islands Rent A Yacht
www.miray.com.au
info@miray.com.au
07 4772 4773
Departure Ports // Townsville and Magnetic Island
style of Cruise // Bareboat charters
Price/Person/Night // $80 – 125
No. of berths // 2 – 10

Marcrista Luxury Charters
www.marcrista.com.au
sail@marcrista.com.au
0418 339 753
Departure Ports // Port Douglas
style of Cruise // Exclusive Private Charter
Price/Person/Night // POA
No. of berths // 2 – 4

Sea swift
www.seaswift.com.au
bookings@seaswift.com.au
1800 424 422
Departure Ports // Cairns and Cape York
style of Cruise // Working cargo vessel
Price/Person/Night // $194
No. of berths // 48

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
www.mikeball.com
mbde@mikeball.com
07 4053 0500
Departure Ports // Cairns
style of Cruise // Adventure live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // $327
No. of berths // 29

OceanXplorer Cruises
info@oceanxplorer.com
0417 598 016
Departure Ports // Port Douglas
style of Cruise // Adventure live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // $395
No. of berths // 26

Reef Encounter
www.reeftrip.com
lyndell@reeftrip.com
07 4051 5777
Departure Ports // Cairns
style of Cruise // Adventure live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // $310
No. of berths // 21

Spirit of Freedom
www.spiritoffreedom.com.au
info@spiritoffreedom.com.au
07 4047 9150
Departure Ports // Cairns
style of Cruise // Adventure live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // $620
No. of berths // 26

Taka Dive Adventures
takadive@taka.com.au
07 4051 8722
Departure Ports // Cairns
style of Cruise // Adventure live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // $333
No. of berths // 30

Vagabond Dive ’N Sail
www.vagabond-dive.com
info@vagabond-dive.com
07 4059 0477
Departure Ports // Cairns
style of Cruise // Overnight, private charter
Price/Person/Night // $140
No. of berths // 4 – 11

TASMANIA

Spirit of Tasmania
www.spiritoftasmania.com.au
reservations@spiritoftasmania.com.au
13 20 10
Departure Ports // East Devonport and Port Melbourne
style of Cruise // Long-haul passenger ferry
Price/Person/Night // From $117
No. of berths // 748

WHITSUNDAYS 

Cumberland Charter Yachts
www.ccy.com.au
cruise@ccy.com.au
1800 075 101
Departure Ports // Airlie Beach, Abel Point Marina, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island
style of Cruise // Bareboat
Price/Person/Night // $170 – $250
no. of berths // 2 – 10

Oz Adventure Sailing
www.ozsail.com.au
bookings@ozsailing.com.au
1300 653 100
Departure Ports // Airlie Beach
style of Cruise // Bareboating and chartered sailing
Price/Person/Night // $165 – $500
No. of berths // 3 – 30

Southern Cross Sailing Adventures
www.soxsail.com.au
reservations@soxsail.com.au
1800 355 377
Departure Ports // Airlie Beach
style of Cruise // Yacht charters
Price/Person/Night // $239 – $739
No. of berths // 4

Queensland Yacht Charters
www.yachtcharters.com.au
reservations@yachtcharters.com.au
1800 075 013
Departure Ports // Able Point Marina, Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island
style of Cruise // Yachts, catamarans, motor vessels, bareboat and fully crewed
Price/Person/Night // $73 – $135
No. of berths // 2 – 150

Sunsail Worldwide Sailing Holidays
www.sunsail.com.au
sunsail@sunsail.com.au
1800 803 988
Departure Ports // Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach, Hayman Island
style of Cruise // Bareboat or fully crewed
Price/Person/Night // $77
No. of berths // 2 – 10

Sydney Sundancer
www.luxuryyacht.com.au
sailors@luxuryyacht.com.au
02 9719 1870
Departure Ports // Hamilton Island
style of Cruise // Chartered sailing
Price/Person/Night // $265
No. of berths // 12

Whitsunday Private Yacht Charters
www.whitsunday-yacht.com.au
wpyc@whitsunday-yacht.com.au
1800 075 055
Departure Ports // Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Daydream Island, Peppers Palm Bay
style of Cruise // Yachts, catamarans and motor vessels
Price/Person/Night // $70 – $200
No. of berths // 2 – 12

Whitsunday Rent A Yacht
www.rentayacht.com.au
rentayacht@bareboat.com.au
07 4946 9232
Departure Ports // Shute Harbour and Hamilton Island
style of Cruise // Yachts and motor vessels
Price/Person/Night // $116 – $137
No. of berths // 2 – 12

OTHER REGIONS

Australian National Maritime Museum (the Endeavour replica)
www.anmm.gov.au
endeavour@anmm.gov.au
02 9298 3777
Departure Ports // Sydney
style of Cruise // Tall ship live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // From $200
n0. of berths //

Bay River Houseboats
www.bayriverhouseboats.com.au
deb.obrien@optusnet.com.au
0410 512 253
Departure Ports // Batemans Bay and Clyde River
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $34
No. of berths // 10

Boyds Bay Houseboat Holidays
www.goldcoasthouseboats.com
sales@goldcoasthouseboats.com
07 5599 1436
Departure Ports // Tweed Heads and Tweed River, Qld
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $44
No. of berths // 1 – 6

Captain Cook Cruises
www.captaincook.com.au
harbour@captaincook.com.au
1800 804 843
Departure Ports // Sydney
style of Cruise // Medium ship
Price/Person/Night // $210 – $262.50
No. of berths // 61

Clyde River Houseboats
www.clyderiverhouseboats.com.au
info@clyderiverhouseboats.com.au
02 4472 6369
Departure Ports // Batemans Bay, NSW
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $35
No. of berths // 4 – 5

Houseboat Holidays
www.houseboatholiday.com.au
houseboatswa@westnet.com.au
08 9840 1310
Departure Ports // Walpole, WA
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $60
No. of berths // 4 – 10

Keppel Bay Marina
www.keppelbaymarina.com.au
info@keppelbaymarina.com.au
1800 336 244
Departure Ports // Yeppoon, Qld
style of Cruise // Bareboat and motor
Price/Person/Night // From $110
No. of berths // 1 – 8

Ningaloo Reef Dreaming
www.ningaloodreaming.com
info@ningaloodreaming.com
1800 994 210
Departure Ports // Exmouth, WA
style of Cruise // Adventure live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // $75 – $125
No. of berths // 10

Noosa Leisuretime Houseboats
www.noosaleisuretimehouseboats.com.au
info@noosaleisuretime.com.au
1300 853 787
Departure Ports // Noosa Marina
style of Cruise // Houseboat
Price/Person/Night // $495 – $545
No. of berths // 2 – 10

North Star Cruises
www.northstarcruises.com.au
cruise@northstarcruises.com.au
08 9192 1829
Departure Ports // Perth to Karratha and Darwin to Cairns
style of Cruise // Luxury Adventure
Price/Person/Night // $650 – $1428
No. of berths // 36

P&O Cruises
www.pocruises.com.au
information@pocruises.com.au
13 24 69
Departure Ports // Brisbane
style of Cruise // Big Ship – 7 nights on the Great Barrier Reef
Price/Person/Night // From $143
No. of berths // 4000

Departure Ports // Sydney
style of Cruise // Big Ship – 6 night return trip to the Melbourne Cup
Price/Person/Night // From $167
No. of berths // 4000

Departure Ports // Sydney
style of Cruise // Big Ship – 10 night return trip to the Great Barrier Reef
Price/Person/Night // From $165
No. of berths // 4000

Princess Cruises
www.princess.com.au
information@pocruises.com.au
13 24 41
Departure Ports // Melbourne
style of Cruise // Big Ship – 28-night around Australia cruise
Price/Person/Night // $320 – $915
No. of berths // 600

Departure Ports // Sydney
style of Cruise // Big Ship – 8-night cruise to Tasmania
Price/Person/Night // $174 – $634
No. of berths // 600

Pro Dive Cairns
www.prodivecairns.com
info@prodivecairns.com
07 4031 5255
Departure Ports // Cairns
style of Cruise // Adventure live-aboard
Price/Person/Night // $465 – $695
No. of berths // 32

Sailing Adventures NT
www.sant.net.au
barry@sant.net.au
0428 815 613
Departure Ports // Cullen Bay, Darwin
style of Cruise // Fully crewed
Price/Person/Night // $220
No. of berths // 6

Southern Cross Yachting
www.southerncrossyachting.com.au
sailing@southerncrossyachting.com.au
07 3396 4100
Departure Ports // Manly Boat Harbour, Moreton Bay, Qld
style of Cruise // Skippered charters and live-aboard cruising
Price/Person/Night // $600 – $880
No. of berths // 4 – 6

Sydney Sundancer
www.luxuryyacht.com.au
sailors@luxuryyacht.com.au
02 9337 1870
Departure Ports // Sydney Harbour
style of Cruise // Chartered sailing
Price/Person/Night // $265
No. of berths // 10

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