Holidays Afloat - Ripples

Houseboat Hire

Hawkesbury River


With our large fleet of modern houseboats, beautiful cruisers and traditional houseboats – we’ll have the right vessel for you.

About Us

Holidays Afloat & Ripples

Ideally located at the gateway to the Hawkesbury, it is a leisurely hour and a half cruise to the pristine waters of Kuring-gai Chase National Park. Alternatively you can cruise up the Hawkesbury to historic Wisemans Ferry, or head towards the serenity of Berowra Waters.

You are spoilt for choice with our extensive cruising areas. With the largest and widest range of houseboats, HOLIDAYS AFLOAT & RIPPLES will have the vessel that is just right.

We have a range of different types of vessels. Whether you’re a couple, a family or a group of friends we have the  perfect choice.

Our Vessels

Elite 47'

12 Berth

Our Elite 47’ has two bunk rooms (each with four single bunks) and two lounges that open to double beds – ideal for groups of friends.

Homecruiser 47'

12 Berth

Our Homecruiser 47’ has two private double bedrooms, one lounge that converts to a double bed and three lounges convert to single bunks – ideal for extended families or two families.

Fisherman 45'

4-10 Berth

Our Fisherman 45′ is ideal for groups keen on a fishing getaway.

Islander 35'

4 Berth

Our Islander 35` is ideal for couples or small families of 4. The Islander has two double sleeping areas to choose from – the lounge converts to a comfy double bed and there is a permanent double bed at the rear of the vessel.

Seaway 33'

2-4 Berth

Our Seaway 33` is a modern flybridge cruiser ideal for a couple preferring a cruiser style vessel and is ideal for couples or small families.

Weekender 30'

2 Berth

Our Luxury Weekender 30′ is an ultra modern, European styled and built sedan cruiser ideal for couples.

Happy Customers

Such a wonderful experience cruising along the stunning scenery on a spacious comfortable houseboat! Thank you to the team for looking after us. Everyone we spoke to at Holidays Afloat were so lovely and helpful from booking, to pre-departure, to boarding... everything was so easy and we enjoyed every moment! Can’t wait to experience this again!! Thank you!!

Klara Illuzzi

Google Review

Karen and the team were wonderful from 'go to woe'. Excellent service, great boat, easy to drive and despite bad weather, we still had a great time.

Can highly recommend!

Seb Brandt

Google Review

What's Included..

There is no license required as our vessels do not exceed 10 knots. We show you a short safety dvd then provide a full briefing on board the vessel. We drive you out from our marina to the main part of the river.  Before leaving you, we ensure you are comfortable in handling the vessel as you head off on the Hawkesbury River. For your peace of mind, we drive you back into the marina at the conclusion of your hire.

All our vessels have flush toilet systems with holding tanks on board. No effluent goes into the river.

All vessels are equipped with USB ports and an inverter (except the Weekenders) suitable for recharging mobile phones, laptops and cameras. Please note: You are NOT able to plug in 12v fridge, hair drying equipment, straighteners, coffee machines or cooking appliances.

All our vessels have generous sunshades, easy to operate bbqs, comfortable outdoor furniture, built in eskies and bait/fishing tables.

There are no hidden charges like cleaning, gas or environmental pumpout on top of your rental cost. The only additional charge is the fuel you use. The vessel leaves with full tanks, they are filled up on your return and you are charged for what you use.

Our vessels come with a complimentary row dinghy that you tow behind. This allows you to access the shore. Alternatively you can upgrade to an easy to use motorised dinghy.

There is secure car parking in our sealed car park which is locked at night (two parking spaces for the Elite, Homecruiser, Fisherman and Family vessels, with one parking space for all other vessels). There is also ample street parking in the immediate vicinity of our marina.

Our vessels are fitted with back to base GPS tracking as a safety precaution.

All vessels have quality sound systems.

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