Central Coast Houseboat Holidays Facilities

How Many People?

Iris is a spacious, modern and stylish houseboat; it is ideal for groups and parties, is authorized to carry 12 people and sleeps 10 people comfortably.

Cruising area and hours?

The boat is restricted to cruising in the shelter of Brisbane Waters and is not permitted to travel across the open sea to other areas such as the Hawkesbury River. Houseboats are restricted to travelling in daylight hours and are not allowed near wharfs or jetties unless driven there by the owners. The dinghy is provided to enable access from the houseboat to the shore.

We aim to make driving easy, enjoyable and relaxing

We will be pleased to show you how to drive the boat and can inform you of the many interesting and beautiful places to stay on the water. On your last day we will return the boat to Gosford Wharf for you.

Boat License

You do not need a boat license to drive a houseboat.

User Guides

Summary and step by step information on how to drive the boat and use the equipment is provided.

Maps

Enlarged maps of Brisbane Waters are supplied with the boat routes clearly indicated.

Engines

The two 60 hp Yamaha engines aid manoeuvrability and the electric anchor winch enables the anchor to be raised and lowered automatically.

Accessibility

The lower deck is wheelchair accessible including the helm, bathroom, lounge and kitchen diner, bedroom and outdoor seating areas fore and aft.

The upper deck is accessed by a sturdy staircase with a handrail. 12 volt chargers are provided to charge nebulizers.

Indoor dining and relaxation

Iris offers the convenience of a modern kitchen diner with a microwave, fridge, freezer, gas stove and oven, toaster and kettle. There is a comprehensive range of cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils and BBQ utensils.

The kitchen diner has LCD TV, CD, DVD, radio and heating.

Alfresco dining and entertainment

The spacious entertainment deck makes an ideal party venue with a large BBQ with hot plate, grill and an additional side burner for a wok or pan. There are two sun lounges, shaded outdoor dining, stereo radio and CD.

Sleeping arrangements

There are 2 double beds in stylish and comfortable separate rooms with built in wardrobes with hangers.

The double sofa bed in the lounge is provided with privacy curtains and enables TV/DVD viewing in bed.

There are also 2 sets of bunk beds in separate areas, offering comfort, privacy and storage space.

The plan of the internal layout illustrates the sleeping arrangements in more detail.

Linen

All bed linen, towels and tea towels are provided for your convenience.

Fishing

Four complimentary fishing licenses are included together with a crab line and fishing rods.

Kayaks

Two sit on kayaks are on board for your use.

Safety

A two way “ship to shore” radio is provided and a full set of safety equipment including the dinghy, fire extinguishers, life rings and life jackets.

Tourist Information

A range of leaflets and guides are available on the boat.

We will shop for you

We will shop for you before you arrive and take your provisions to the boat.  Please provide us with 24 hours notice.  Less than 12 items incurs no extra charge.  Over 12 items incurs a charge of $22.00.

Optional generator

The generator is optional and powers the heater, microwave, electric kettle, electric toaster, iron, and hairdryer and hirers 240 volt mobile phone charger. The generator is not essential, a gas kettle and toasting racks are supplied and there are 12 volt chargers to charge a mobile phone.

What to Bring?

All food, beverages, personal toiletries, a sharp knife, beach towels, packed in a soft bag not a suitcase, CD’s, DVD’s TV guide, mobile phone and either a car cigarette charger or an everyday charger that would be recharged by the generator.  Your own fishing tackle and bait.

What not to Bring?

Pets, fire hazards such as candles and fireworks.

Our Location

Coming by Train?  We will be pleased to meet you at Gosford Station and drive you to the boat.

Getting here by Car? For satellite navigation enter the Blue Tongue Stadium, Gosford, 2250 as your destination and follow the directions below:

The boat departs from the public jetty at Gosford Harbour. Take the Sydney to Newcastle freeway 1. At Kariong turn onto the Pacific Highway 83, to Gosford, this section of the Pacific Highway is known as the Central Coast Highway. The highway passes down a very steep hill, at the base of the hill drive straight on at the traffic lights, keep right for East Gosford, and continue over the bridge and take the second exit at the roundabout; the Blue Tongue Stadium is on your left and the public jetty at Gosford Harbour is the first turning on your right. Right turns are restricted between 3pm and 6pm weekdays; therefore take the next right turn into the car park soon after the harbour and double back to turn into the harbour.