Think about it – spending a summer holiday on board a floating house is a pretty cool prospect. From basic to luxury, there’s a range of vessels available for hire – take your pick, get the kids involved in mapping out places they’d like to stop at during the week. Hidden beaches, waterfalls, swimming, fishing and watching the world float by will help you while away the days.

Houseboats are a little like camping on water, combining the great outdoors with the fun of sailing and the creature comforts of home. Fish for your own dinner, or stop off at one of the lovely riverside towns for a meal. No experience or boat licence required.

You can hire a Church Point Charter “cruiser” sleeping up to 10 people and make your way from Pittwater to Palm Beach, the northern Sydney beach haven made famous by Home & Away. ‘Palmy’, as the locals call it, has plenty of dining and shopping options to provide a counterpoint to life on the houseboat. Prices vary depending on the number of guests, with a two-night weekend starting at $920.

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