Essential Information for those Hiring Our Houseboats
Once you arrive at the Riverboat Dock on Murray River in Echuca to enjoy your luxurious holiday on one of our Houseboats, your boat will be available from 3pm on the day your booking commences. We can also cater to late arrivals, just please let us know your estimated time of arrival and we’ll sure everything is ready for you. Your boat must be returned and vacated by 10am on the final day of your hire. Houseboats vacated late, dirty or damaged will incur additional charges.
All guests staying on the houseboat must sign our hire agreement and be present for the instruction and safety briefing. The houseboat can not leave the mooring until all guests have signed the hire agreement and received the safety briefing. Please note that in the event that a representative of the company is required to spend time to give further instruction and/ or a safety briefing, other than at the start of a hire, you will be charged for this service at an hourly rate of $50 in respect thereof with a minimum charge of one hour.
Please note that houseboat driving lessons must have commenced by 5.00pm (or at least 1 hour prior to sunset outside of daylight savings) or you will be required to remain at the dock until the following morning. Without the houseboat driving lessons we cannot allow the boats to be moved under any circumstances.
Should you stay at our dock on the first night of your hire, our staff will be available between 8.30am and 11.30am the following day to give you a driving lesson. Once that has been completed, you can get on your way to start enjoying the freedom of exploring the Murray River. If you require assistance outside of these hours, that does not involve a problem with the vessel, will be classed as a call out and you agree to pay the company an hourly rate of $50 in respect thereof with a minimum charge of one hour.
Should you wish to return to our mooring or vacate the houseboat prior to the last night of your hire our staff will be available no later than 5.00pm to assist with returning to the mooring and collecting any cars that may be in the car compound. If assistance is required any later than 5.00pm, and that assistance does not involve a problem with the vessel, then this will be classed as a call out and you agree to pay the company an hourly rate of $50 in respect thereof with a minimum charge of one hour.
Please note that in the event that a representative of the company is compelled to spend time to give further instruction, to assist with a situation that does not involve a problem with the vessel or to drop off or retrieve vehicles from the car compound, other than at the start or finish of a hire, you will be charged for this service at an hourly rate of $50 in respect thereof with a minimum charge of one hour.
We have a lock-up compound where you can store your car if you choose. The charge is $30 per car per week or $5.00 per night per car. Trailors do not incur a fee.
Limited indoor parking is also available by prior arrangement for $10 per vehicle per night.
If you choose to store your car in our off site storage area please note that if you require us to assist you with access to your vehicle, other than at the start of your hire on a Monday or Friday or the finish of your hire on a Monday or Friday (between 9am and 5pm), you will be charged for this service. If access is required between 9.00am and 4pm on a weekday you will be charged an access fee of $25.00. If access is required on a Saturday or Sunday between 9.00am and 4pm you will be charged an access fee of $35.00. Access required outside of these hours, or on a public holiday, will be charged at an hourly rate of $50.00 with a minimum charge of one hour.
What we provide on-board our houseboats:
- All Bed Linen
- Quilts and Pillows
- Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Bath Mats and Tea Towels
- Beach/ Spa Towels
- First Aid Kit
- Pots, Pans, Baking Dishes
- Platters, salad bowls
- Kitchen & BBQ Utensils
- Sandwich Maker
- Ice Maker
- Fresh Drinking Water
- Life Jackets (Adult Size/ One Size)
- River Maps
Food, Drinks & Alcohol – Information on Pick up, Ordering & Delivery
Groceries and supplies can be brought in Echuca which has extended trading all year round.
The Main Course Butcher offers great meat at superior value for money and they will deliver an order to the houseboats. They have recently extended their product range to include aged beef, deli items such as kabana and strass, quiches and pre-cooked lasagnes too. They can be contacted on 03 54 826004.
The Pear Tree are a specialist retailer of fruit and vegies in Echuca. They offer fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, organic products, dairy products, local meats and daily fresh bread. Delivery to the houseboats can be arranged and they can be contacted on 03 54 801341.
Bite me deli – catering/ provisioning can be arranged and delivered to your houseboat. They can provide platters of cheese, marinated vegetables & cured meats, salads, all types of meats for BBQ’s, desserts, breads, dips, prepared meals such as curries or casseroles and lots more. If you are interested in catering or provisioning please contact them on 03 54 821611 or www.bitemedeli.com.au
Premix King (Bottle Shop) – the Premix King can fill an order and deliver the supplies to your houseboat on the day that you arrive. They can be contacted on 03 54 800800 or email at email@example.com or www.premixking.com.au
Coffee Machines on Board
The Ultimate Houseboats have a DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine and you will need to bring pods for this machine (can be purchased at the super market).
What to bring on your houseboat holiday
- Food & Drinks including tea, coffee and sugar
- Coffee pods (see above)
- All Condiments such as salt and pepper, oils, sauces, etc.
- Personal Toiletries
- Sun Screen
- Insect Repellent
- Insect Spray – for indoors
- Glad wrap/foil/paper towel
- Dishwashing liquid & Dishwasher Powder (supplied on Icon)
- Dish cloths (supplied on Icon)
- Toilet Paper (supplied on Icon)
- Laundry powder (front loading washing machines)
- Extra Blankets in colder months
- DVD’s, CD’s, ipod
- Mobile Phone
- Canoe – Kayak or Fishing Dinghy Hire – www.echucaboatcanoehire.com
- Stand Up Paddle Boards – Hire/ Lessons – www.echucasup.com
- Water Skiing Lessons – www.brettsands.com 03 54 821851