Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Recreational Marine Boat Licence or a Fishing Licence?
Significant boating, anchoring and navigational experience and / or an Australian marine boat licence is required to hire & drive the vessel. The skipper must be at least 21 years of age.
You do not need a fishing licence in QLD. You are allowed 2 rods, 2 hooks per person.
We have a NO CRAB POT policy on the houseboat and tender.
What is included in the Hire Price?
2 Queen sized Bedrooms with Double mattresses (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
2 Double pull out sofa beds in lounge room (sleeps 3) with all bedding supplied
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, 2 large eskies, 4 burner gas BBQ
Lower deck stainless steel marine grade gas BBQ
Single 240 volt power outlet for the onboard TV. Not suitable for waeko eskies or any other 240V appliances (e.g hair dryers etc)
Phones can be charged from the onboard USB charge facility.
2 bottles of gas for BBQs plus 2 bottles of gas for fridge and hot water
Generator including fuel
Tender with motor & fuel (2 tanks 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?
You need to bring your Australian Driver's License and a valid credit card for insurance purposes.
For the boat, all you need to bring is your food, drinks, beach towels, personal items & toiletries (no toilet paper please)
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. 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. 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.
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.
You are allowed to moor in front of the Sandstone Point Hotel with prior arrangement only. It is not guaranteed that the mooring in front of Sandstone Point is available during the hire period.
How many people can we take on the Houseboat?
A maximum of 9 people are allowed to stay on the houseboat.
Is there onsite Car Parking?
There is free car 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 near 23 Kal-Ma-Kuta Drive 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 12:30 pm and return the vessel at 8:30 am. 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. No crab pots are allowed on the houseboat and tender. 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 cast net, landing net, gaff hooks, bait board and fishing bucket is supplied.
Can I bring crab pots and crab cookers on the houseboat?
No, we have a 'No Crab Pot' policy on the houseboat and tender.
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 & 2 tanks of fuel are included in the hire price. The fuel for the generator is also included in the hire price.
Can I bring my own tinnie?
There are 2 boat ramps near the kiosk for your own personal use. There is trailer parking available.
However, your tinnie is not allowed to be towed behind or tied/ moored to the houseboat or tender.
Can I tow any other vessel from the houseboat?
No, it is prohibited to tow any other vessel (boats, kayaks, inflatable rings, kneeboards etc) from the houseboat or the tender. The only exception is the designated, registered tender which doubles as an approved life vessel.
Can I tie / moor any other vessel to the houseboat?
No, it is prohibited to tie or moor any other vessel to the houseboat, which includes other boats, kayaks, inflatables, kneeboards etc. The only exception is the designated, registered tender which doubles as an approved life vessel.
Can I tie / moor the houseboat or it’s tender to a jetty or pontoon?
No, the houseboat and tender are not permitted to be tied to any jetty or pontoon (private or public), or any fixture or vessel other than the tender to the houseboat itself. Please note the tender is the registered life raft for the houseboat only.
Can I go into the canals or creeks or marinas?
No, the houseboat is not allowed in any of the canals, marinas or creeks.