Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Recreational Marine Boat Licence or a Fishing Licence?
No you do not need a boat licence to hire & drive the vessel, but you must have boating experience and knowledge, and must be of at least 21 years of age to hire.
No you don't need a fishing licence in QLD. You are allowed 2 rods, 2 hooks per person and 4 crab pots per person.
What is included in the Hire Price?
2 Queen sized Bedrooms (Sleeps 4) with all bedding supplied (Fitted sheet, Top Sheet, Doona, Pillows & Pillow Cases)
1 Bedroom with single bunk beds (Sleeps 2) with all bedding supplied (Fitted sheet, Top Sheet, Doona, Pillows & Pillow Cases)
2 Double Pull out sofa beds in lounge room (sleeps 3) with all bedding supplied (Fitted sheet, Top Sheet, Doona, Pillows & Pillow Cases)
Bath Towels for all guests (beach towels not supplied)
Chart Plotter/Sounder/Fish Finder
Full sized functional kitchen with upright gas cooker & grill and full sized upright gas fridge/freezer
Full sized bathroom with spacious shower, gas hot water system with marine toilet with holding tank and sewage treated discharge system (marine toilet paper supplied, please do not use your own)
Plates, cups, cutlery, pots & pans, stove top kettle, tea towels, cleaning equipment etc
Outdoor setting on top deck with 2 sun lounges, 3 large eskies, 4 burner gas BBQ
Lower deck stainless steel marine grade gas BBQ
240 volt power to charge mobile phones, laptops etc
2 bottles of gas for BBQs plus 2 bottles of gas for fridge and hot water
Generator including fuel
Tender with motor & fuel (1 tank supplied included in hire price)
Garbage Bags, Al foil, Glad Wrap, Tea Towel, Cleaning Agents, Broom, Mop and Bucket
What do I need to bring?
All you need to bring is your food, drinks, beach towels, personal items & toiletries
If you need anything whilst on your holiday there are places accessible by tender throughout the Pumicestone Passage;
There is ;- an IGA supermarket, butcher, bakery and bottle shop located at Bongaree
- Toorbul & Donnybrook shops
- Bribie Kiosk For Bait and tackle, Ice, Cold Drinks, Hot Food, and Coffee
Where can we go?
The operation area of the vessel is smooth waters only which you can go up the passage in a northerly direction as far as Lime Pocket (past Mission Point) and as far south as the mouth of Moreton Bay. In good weather conditions (i.e winds < 10 knots and swell < 1m) the vessel is allowed around the bottom of the island including Red Beach. It would take approximately 2.5 hrs to arrive at Mission Point Camping grounds from the Bribie Kiosk.
There are many places you can anchor up and take the tender to shore for a swim, or to have a cool drink at the Bribie Island Bowls Club, the Bribie Island Hotel, Toorbul Pub and Donnybrook Pub.
There are restaurants and fast food outlets located at Bongaree, Bellara, Kiosk, Toorbul & Donnybrook.
You are allowed to moor in front of the Sandstone Point Hotel but is not accessible by tender due to the amount of rocks in the area.
It is to be noted the houseboat is to stay anchored in deeper waters and the tender provided to be your transport from the vessel to shore. The houseboat is not allowed to be beached at any location along the Pumicestone Passage as the tides fall quickly and dramatically resulting in the boat to be stranded for long periods of time (12 hrs) and may incur a fee for the late return of the vessel, a fee for any damage incurred or an expensive rescue.
Maps are provided of the Passage to illustrate the areas the vessel can and can't go.
How many people can we take on the Houseboat?
For overnight hire a maximum of 9 people are allowed to stay on the houseboat.
There is free parking behind the kiosk
Credit Card Payments
We accept all credit cards except Diners and American Express.
We have an EFTPOS facility for bookings in our Kiosk.
Can we stay on the Mooring Overnight?
Yes you are welcome to stay on the mooring overnight. Please let us know by contacting the kiosk so we can assist in the securing of the vessel.
You will be informed of the safe overnight anchorages in the Passage in your briefing.
What Time Can I Board the Vessel?
Usually you can collect the vessel at 12:00pm and return the vessel at 8:30am. If the boat is not booked before or after your trip flexible arrangements may be made through the booking office.
Is Fishing Equipment Supplied?
No. You are welcome to bring your own fishing gear or may hire fishing rods from the kiosk @ $5 per rod per day including tackle. Crab pots may be hired @ $5 per pot per day. Bait and ice may be purchased at the kiosk before departure as we have an extensive range of bait.
You can also purchase bait and ice at Bongaree, Bellara, Toorbul & Donnybrook.
A fishing knife, crab pot, cast net, landing net, gaff hooks, bait board and fishing bucket is supplied.
What Species of Fish are typically caught in the Passage?
There are a range of different species of fish caught in the Passage. The main species are summer & winter Whiting, Bream, Flathead, Snapper, Parrot, Mangrove Jack, Moses Perch, Tailor, Pike, Tusk Fish, Soul, Flounder, Jewfish, and shovel nose sharks. Mud crabs and sand crabs are also readily caught.
Pelagics such as Mac Tuna, Northern Bluefin Tuna, as well as school & Spotted Mackerel are commonly caught in Moreton Bay.
Can I Bring my Dog?
No, you are not allowed to have domestic animals in the Marine Park or surrounding National Parks and are not allowed on board the vessel due to health & safety regulations.
Fuel & Water on the Houseboat
When you collect your vessel all fuel & fresh water will be provided before you start your holiday. Fuel is charged at $30 per running hour. There is a fuel metre on the boat and will be calculated when you return. The fuel for the tender is supplied by the kiosk & 1 tank of fuel is included in the hire price. The fuel for the generator is also included in the hire price.
Can I bring my own tinnie?
Yes, there are 2 boat ramps near the kiosk for your own personal use. There is trailer parking available. Note that your tinnie cannot be towed behind the houseboat.