Experience a houseboat holiday on the Tweed River, NSW! Hire the "Runaway Bear" houseboat for 4 people for as low as AUD $550 for a weekend or midweek hire. Runaway Bear is a lovely boat with a great open feel. She is great for a couple, having a permanent double bed and open plan. There is a double bed (converts from a lounge) in the lounge area if you have extra guests to visit, however we do recommend Runaway Bear for two people only (licensed for up to four). Runaway Bear is the only houseboat in her class on the Tweed River. She can be driven from both upstairs as well as downstairs, with access to the upper deck from the back deck area. Upstairs you will find a beautiful Baby Weber-Q with roasting hood, perfectly located to enjoy the view whilst cooking. Runaway Bear has the added luxury of the shower and toilet in separate rooms and the electric winch takes the effort out of anchoring. Vessel Features: • 4 berth – 7m long x 3m wide • Maximum 4 people, day or night • Open Plan • Permanent double bed • Double vario bed • Pillows and doonas* provided, you simply need to bring (or hire from us) sheets and towels • Interior view showing helm kitchen with 2 burner gas stove top and grill, 90 litre fridge. • Separate shower and toilet • Colour 48cm LCD/DVD TV above the bed • Stereo system, CD player piped to speakers upstairs, MP3 and iPod compatible • 90 litre fridge, 2 burner gas stove and grill • Fish finder/depth sounder • Yabbie pump, crab pot • Electric winch • Limited 240-volt power, so that during your holiday you can operate small appliances like mobile phone chargers, nebulisers, video camera chargers and games consoles (no hairdryers). • Can be driven from both inside the boat and from the upper deck Go to places the larger boats can’t! Charter Price: Normal Season • Weekend (2 or 3 nights) $600 • Midweek (4 nights) $600 • Gazetted Long Weekend $690 • Week (7 nights) $950 Off Peak Season (1 May to 31 August) • Weekend (2 or 3 nights) $550 • Midweek (4 nights) $550 • Gazetted Long Weekend $600 • Week (7 nights) $850 Peak Season (1 December to 31 January) excl. Christmas Week & New Year Week • Weekend (2 or 3 nights) $720 • Midweek (4 nights) $720 • Week (7 nights) $1150 Peak Holiday Occasions Please enquire for quote and date options. All prices are subject to alteration without notice. Additional Services Would you like a few added extras to make your holiday more enjoyable, or perhaps you would like help with provisioning so you can be lazy? What about a few souvenirs to remember your trip by? • Skipper • Fishing Gear • On Mooring or Jetty Stays • Grocery Service • Gift Baskets, Cakes and Light Refreshment • Outdoor Heaters • Souvenirs • Kayak Hire (inquire pricing) • Bait & Ice $3.50 per bag • Fuel per engine hour* $32.00 • Dinghy outboard motor hire: - $70 weekend - $70 midweek - $85 week • Car Parking - Midweek $35 - Weekend $30 - Week $50 Additional Information • Deposit – $1,000 • Balance of hire fee to be paid minimum of 30 days prior to departure on normal and off-peak seasons • For Christmas, New Year and Easter hire deposit is required to secure booking • *Fuel per engine hour may vary due to fluctuating fuel prices • Tariffs subject to change without notice • Weekend – Friday afternoon to Monday 9.00am: 2 or 3 nights • Midweek – Monday afternoon to Friday 9.00am: 4 nights • Week – Monday afternoon to Monday 9.00am or Friday afternoon to Friday 9.00am: 7 nights • Gazetted Long Weekend – Friday afternoon to Tuesday 9.00am or Thursday afternoon to Monday 9am: 4 nights • A Gazetted Long Weekend occurs when there is a public holiday on the Monday or Friday • Easter: Thursday afternoon to Tuesday 9.00am: 5 nights • Hire Terms and Procedures • Doona: Eiderdowns, comforters, duvets. • Esky: also known as chilli-bin, cooler, ice-box to Kiwi, North American and European visitors. Hire Terms Hire Period Hire commences at 2.30pm on the first day and concludes at 9.00am on the last day of letting. These are daylight savings times. Earlier returns can be made by arrangement. It is advisable to telephone the day before departure to confirm departure times. The Letting • Total passengers must not exceed the number of surveyed berths. • No pets, firearms or kegs permitted on board by law. • The houseboats are not permitted to travel after dark, or dock at public jetties and wharves. Use the tender/dinghy for transfers. • The hirer will stay within the waters as per survey certificate and obey all navigational rules. • If the hirer is found to be acting in a manner which could cause damage to the houseboat or other vessel, acting contrary to hire agreement or Waterways regulations, passengers can be evicted from the houseboat with no refund of hire. • If any malfunction in relation to the boat, motor or equipment, or damage or loss of equipment occurs, the hirer will notify the management as soon as possible. • If a call out is due to the hirer’s negligence, a call out fee will be payable. • The hirer will return the boat in as good a condition as when taken or pay for any loss or damage. • The boat is to be returned in a clean and tidy state, or an additional fee of $100 per hour for cleaning will be charged. • Late returns will be charged at $100.00 per hour, or part thereof. • Houseboat boarding is from the Tweed Marina, River Terrace, Tweed Heads. Still interested? Then go reserve this Runaway houseboat now! Frequently Asked Questions Detailed below are some frequently asked questions about houseboating. If your specific questions are not answered below, please contact us and we will put your mind at ease. Do I need a boat licence? No boating or fishing licences are required. We supply all information and training required. Do I need any experience? You don't need any boating experience, just a dash of common sense. We give you a complete briefing on operation and navigating your houseboat before you even leave the marina. Then one of our captains pilots you out from the marina and gives you practical driving instruction. How many people can we take? From singles, couples to groups of up to 12 people, houseboating is suitable for all ages and is great value. Boat capacity varies from boat to boat and you can choose from budget to luxury, from 2 to 12 berth. Are houseboats suitable for children? Yes! Houseboat holidays are a great family getaway. Some houseboats are more suitable for young children than others, so please check with us on the suitability of the houseboat of your choice, or we can help you choose the best boat for your holiday. Like anywhere else with water, small children on a boat do require adult supervision at all times. If you don't have a life jackets for your children, we do have some children's life jackets that you can borrow. Can I bring my pet on the houseboat? Sorry, due to health restrictions, we are unable to permit pets aboard the houseboats. Pets and animals generally don't enjoy being in a confined areas so possibly another alternatively would be better for them. There are several good pet motels in the area if you would like contact details. Will my mobile phone work? There is mobile phone coverage throughout the Tweed Valley. Depending upon your carrier and distances from their towers, you may find coverage a little patchy in some areas. If you particularly need to be in phone contact, please check your receiption before anchoring and it may simply be a case of moving a few 100 metres. Is linen provided? All of the houseboats are provided with pillows and doonas. Aboard Runaway Bear you need to bring (or hire from us) sheets and towels. Aboard all other houseboats, you simply need to bring (or hire) towels. A floor mat, hand towel and a couple of face washers are provided for each bathroom, together with a couple of guest soaps. How far can we travel? All the houseboats in our fleet can travel the Tweed River from Tweed Heads all the way to Condong. Runaway Bear can cruise further upriver to Murwillumbah - nearly to the weir. At Tumbulgum, the houseboats (except Pacific Blue) can also travel up the Rous River to Cemetery Bay. In Tweed Heads, the houseboats can cruise up the Terranora Creek to Big Island or Womgin Island. Over a 3 or 4 night houseboat booking we find most customers travel around 7 hours for their holiday - over a full week, generally around 10 hours. Can we drink alcohol on a houseboat? Normal drink driving rules apply to people driving a houseboat. The driver may not exceed .05 same as when driving a car. Apart from that, stay safe, respect any possible neighbors and have fun. Can we drive the houseboat at night? No! Houseboats must not be driven after sunset.
Whether it's a romantic holiday for two, a group celebration, a school holiday break, or a weekend escape, we have the houseboat for your holiday. A houseboat holiday is one of the most relaxing holidays you can have, and you are totally in charge. No boat or fishing licences are required, We supply all information and training required. The ultimate, relaxing holiday! With roomy interiors and large outdoor decks, our large houseboats are ideal for family holidays and group get together offering midweek, weekend or weekly adventures. Group multi houseboat hires are available - just ask! The largest range of houseboats, with a variety of sizes, styles and budgets for a couple or a group.
You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.
Hire Terms and Procedures Hire Fee Payment The FULL HIRE FEE is required prior to departure. SECURITY BOND – $2000 security bond is required on the day of departure ($1000 for Runaway Bear, Pluto, Misty Blue and Wanderer). Payment of security bond on the day may be made by cash, credit card (Mastercard or Visa are accepted) and Eftpos. Alternatively, a Pre-Authorisation can be taken. Please note that a Pre-Authorisation will freeze the funds on your credit card for up to 14 days. As our bank only guarantees to hold the funds for 5 business days, pre-auth facilities for hires longer than a week will not be available. Direct deposit options are also available, however, this needs to clear our account prior to the day. Cancellations Forty-Five (45) Days Notice – Refund in Full. Thereafter the deposit is forfeited unless the boat is rebooked for full price. Thirty (30) days or less – deposit and balance of hire forfeited, unless the boat is rebooked for full price. For special hires, Easter, Christmas and New Year, 90 days notice required for refund, unless the boat is rebooked for full price. A $100 cancellation/administration fee may apply. Weather policy We do not offer refunds or credits in the case of non-fine weather conditions that are considered to be non-dangerous, i.e. if it is simply overcast, windy or rainy. In the rare event that severe and or dangerous weather conditions are declared by us during your charter, your boats movements may be restricted or your boat may be recalled back to base for safety reasons. In this case, all houseboats will be docked on the marina until further notice. No refunds or credits can be given in this situation. In the unlikely event that a severe and or dangerous weather condition is declared by us, we will not refund but offer a credit to you and allow the credit to be applied to another non-peak time as agreed to by you and us. We will allow up to 24 months for the credit to be used, giving you ample time to reschedule. Our management will, at their discretion and after consulting with all relevant authorities, decide what is non-fair, severe and or dangerous weather. We always have the safety and well being of our customers and staff as a priority and as members of our family, the houseboats in our fleet are also our concern. As you know we are unable to control the weather any more than the next person, however we will work with you as best we can to manage weather situations. We do recommend that you consider the option of Travel Insurance for your houseboat adventure, particularly if you are unable to postpone. It is a small cost for peace of mind. Travel Insurance should also cover you for illness, lost luggage and emergency travel arrangements. Travel Insurance We recommend that you consider taking out travel insurance for those unforeseen things that may require you to cancel your hire. Whilst we are compassionate towards illness, injury and family loss, we cannot cover the cost of short notice cancellations. This can be particularly embarrassing and a financial strain for you if your friends decide to pull out on you at the last minute. Travel insurance is low cost and will give you peace of mind that if something untoward does happen that you will not be financially disadvantaged. Travel insurance will also cover you for things other than just cancellations; you can also be covered for lost/damaged/stolen luggage, rental vehicle excess, emergency travel arrangements, medical evacuation, etc. There are several companies that offer domestic travel insurance (a simple Google search will assist) or if you walk into a Flight Centre branch you can take out a policy with them on the spot. Hire Rates Prices are subject to alteration without notice, however, bookings made previously will not be subject to increased prices. Hire Period Hire commences at 2.30pm on the first day and concludes at 9.00am on the last day of letting. These are daylight savings times. Earlier returns can be made by arrangement. It is advisable to telephone the day before departure to confirm departure times. The Letting • Total passengers must not exceed the number of surveyed berths. • No pets, firearms or kegs permitted on board by law. • The houseboats are not permitted to travel after dark, or dock at public jetties and wharves. Use the tender/dinghy for transfers. • The hirer will stay within the waters as per survey certificate and obey all navigational rules. • If the hirer is found to be acting in a manner which could cause damage to the houseboat or other vessel, acting contrary to hire agreement or Waterways regulations, passengers can be evicted from the houseboat with no refund of hire. • If any malfunction in relation to the boat, motor or equipment, or damage or loss of equipment occurs, the hirer will notify the management as soon as possible. • The hirer will return the boat in as good a condition as when taken or pay for any loss or damage. • The boat is to be returned in a clean and tidy state, or an additional fee of $100 per hour for cleaning will be charged. • Late returns will be charged at $100.00 per hour, or part thereof. • Houseboat boarding is from the Tweed Marina, River Terrace, Tweed Heads.