Self drive vessels – a boat license is not required

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Holidays Afloat & Ripples

Our Vessels

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Elite 47′ – 12 Berth

Our Elite 47’ have two bunk rooms (each with four single bunks) and two lounges that open to double beds – ideal for groups of friends. (maximum of 10 during Covid-19 4sqm rule)

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Homecruiser 47′ – 12 Berth

Our Homecruiser 47’ vessels have 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. (maximum of 10 during Covid-19 4sqm rule)

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Experience a Unique Gateway on the

Magical Hawkesbury River

Holidays Afloat and Ripples, on the majestic Hawkesbury River at Brooklyn just an hour north of Sydney- one of the world’s best waterways is yours to enjoy.






What you get

  • No Licence Required
    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 of the marina to the main part of the river before leaving you to feel comfortable as you head off on your holiday on the Hawkesbury River. For your peace of mind, we drive you back into the marina at the conclusion of your hire.
  • Bathroom
    All our vessels have flush toilet systems with holding tanks on board. No effluent goes into the river.
  • Mobile Phone Charger
    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.
  • Entertaining Areas
    All our vessels have generous sunshades, easy to operate bbqs, comfortable outdoor furniture, built in eskies and bait/fishing tables.
  • No Hidden Costs
    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.
  • Complimentary Dinghy
    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.
  • Secure Parking
    There is secure car parking in our sealed car park which is locked at night (two car spaces for the Elite, Homecruiser, Fisherman and Family vessels, with one car space for all other vessels). There is also ample street parking in the immediate vicinity of our marina.
  • Safety GPS Tracking
    Our vessels are fitted with back to base GPS tracking as a safety precaution.
  • Sound Systems
    All Elite and Homecruisers, as well as the Weekenders are fitted with a quality CD/Bluetooth sound system and the Elites and Homecruisers have DVD players . All other vessels have a quality CD/radio sound system and DVD players.


Travel with us

Upcoming Events

Christmas and New Year

Looking for something different, fun and memorable to do this Christmas and New Year.  What better way to enjoy your Christmas and New Year than on your own private Houseboat. Holidays Afloat are located in Brooklyn NSW have the perfect vessel for your next holiday.

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Queens Birthday

The Queen's Birthday is a public holiday celebrated in most states and territories on the second Monday in June, making for a much-looked-forward-to June long weekend What better way to enjoy your long weekend than on your own private Houseboat.

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Labour Day

Labour Day commemorates the achievements of the Australian labour movement. The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation,

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Easter celebrations on the Hawkesbury River in an amazing House Boat! This is truly an experience of a lifetime.

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Mothers Day

Mother's Day is fast approaching and we have the perfect surprise for your mum. A weekend on the HAWKESBURY RIVER on one of our deluxe houseboats.

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School Holidays

School Holidays are fast approaching and what better way to enjoy your family time than a weekend or week in one of our Amazing modern and deluxe houseboats

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What our clients say

I could give 30 stars I would after many many years using holidays afloat they never fail at being the best houseboat company around they go above and beyond..

King B

This is our second trip with Holidays Afloat and I can't begin to tell you how wonderful the whole experience was, from the office to the dock, the vessel and the service

Jeff P

Fantastic boats, friendly and helpful staff from the moment we arrived at the gate.

Sam P

Service is second to none, boats are AMAZING. Would absolutely recommend!!!

Rima S

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