The only Hire and Drive Houseboats on the Blackwood River, the only Hire and Drive Houseboats in the Margaret River Region and just 3.5 hrs from Perth.
You are Captain of your Cruise! Skippers Ticket Not Require with an extensive Induction to ensure your competence with vessel handling, mooring & dinghy use and all things Houseboat.
Immerse yourself in National Park. Relax, fish, swim, bush walk, bird & wildflower spot, kayak, stand up paddle, ski, see unique flora and fauna. Finish your day with a bbq on the back deck, watch the stars twinkle in the water on the top deck and sleep to the sounds of the river.
There's 4 different houseboats to suit most groups or hire all 4 and bring the whole family.
Blackwood River Houseboats is a floating, glamping, outdoor adventuring experience for couples, friend groups, special occasions and the whole family with a hot shower, galley kitchen, bbq & comfy beds at the end of the day.
Departing from secluded West Bay, the houseboats travel through Hardy Inlet to explore the picturesque lower Blackwood. Along the way are bush walks, fishing spots, a bird sanctuary, unique wildflowers, wild river dolphins, uber-private Molloy Island, secret kayaking spots and over 25 kms of National Park protected by a river reserve.
Your cruise will take you on a round trip to historic Alexandra Bridge and return. Base has loads of free, secure parking for cars, boats & caravans so you have peace of mind up the river. You can add a winery tour or other sightseeing from your floating apartment. Or have all your supplies delivered near mooring 6 and avoid the hassel.
All our operations, vessels, moorings and Base are designed with the lightest possible footprint. Houseboat Base has been off grid for 19 years. We generate our own solar power and harvest our own rainwater. Anchors are not used for mooring up. The swing moorings mean there's no damage to the river banks or river bed and other river craft use them so its less impact all round! Our vessels create little wake, they are fully sealed and we have a strict "All Decks. Nothing Overboard" policy.
We supply the fully self contained houseboat with all your linen and a motorised dinghy. You supply all food, drinks and fishing gear. We have kayaks and stand up paddle boards for guests use.