7 Best Houseboats In New South Wales, Australia - Updated 2024

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Bordered by Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia, New South Wales is one of Australia’s coastal states. Overlooking the beauteous Tasman Sea, it boasts white-sand beaches, sprawling forests, and unparalleled sunset views. Its capital, Sydney, carries the world-famous Sydney Opera House. The region’s vast expanse includes the Snowy Mountains, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Canberra District wine region, and Outback New South Wales. The city’s diversity attracts droves of tourists and adventure enthusiasts each year. While here, book a floating rental to make the most of your stay. Know your options by perusing this list of the best houseboats in New South Wales, Australia.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 13, 2024.

1. Oh Buoy in Berowra (from USD 714)

Ideal for honeymooners, this retro-inspired vehicle is furnished with art pieces, vintage books, and a hammock. The boat also features a Bluetooth sound system. Fruits, wine glasses, and a Nespresso machine fill the cozy dining area, where meals comprised of fresh seafood are served upon request. Closets are stocked with towels and L’Occitane toiletries.

A motorboat is provided so guests may explore Berowra Waters. Berowra Waters Inn is also nearby.

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Berowra, New South Wales, Australia
9.79 km (6.1 mi) from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
32 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
all the amenities were provided including breakfast provisions and a welcome platter and wine
good bed and great lounge and reading chair
the houseboat was incredibly comfortable retro-fitted and spacious for two people
oh buoy is so comfortable to eat sleep and relax on
they were a very accommodating friendly and helpful hosts that went above and beyond
we were met by the owners at the wharf and felt very welcome
had an incredible stay here the hosts were very helpful and accommodating
what a great space amazing hosts highly recommend a weekend here to relax and take stock
jessica and laurie are very hospitable and very welcoming
nice location near ferry and can jump on small boat to go to local restaurants
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2. Luxurious houseboat in Wangi Wangi (from USD 626)

Moored in Lake Macquarie, this luxurious boat sleeps up to 10 people. Guests can stream television shows on the main deck, stargaze from the third-floor balcony, or head to Wangi Wangi’s boardwalk cafés using the stored tender. Security cameras, fire extinguishers, and a first-aid kit are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Meal preparation is a breeze with silverware and cooking essentials already in the kitchen. Prime swimming spots surround the bay.

At least one of the guests must be over the age of 25. A refundable $2,000 bond is also required before renting.

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Wangi Wangi, New South Wales, Australia
70.71 km (44.0 mi) from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
13 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 5 Beds 10 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
great location kristian and ros were very accommodating and helpful
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3. Platypus in Empire Bay (from USD 185)

Close to Bouddi National Park, Ettalong Wharf, and Hardys Bay, this 474-square-foot (44-square-meter) vessel is best suited for families searching for unbridled adventure. It comes with canoes and a dinghy guests can use for water sports across the Empire Bay. Outdoor barbecue equipment is also included in the package. Smoking is permitted in select areas onboard.

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Empire Bay, New South Wales, Australia
19.89 km (12.4 mi) from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
house boat 8 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
the host troy was awesome helped us out with everything we needed for the trip
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4. Hunky Dory in Bayview

Located in Bayview, Hunky Dory is an immovable 12-meter-long (39-feet) rental that comes with fishing rods and an esky. It also carries life jackets, kayaks, and a lily pad which are usable in deeper portions of Pittwater via a tinnie. A slip is provided so boarders can dock the boat hassle-free. Guests can charge gadgets on USB sockets, watch movies on the DVD player, or blast music on the AUX input after a full day out.

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8.23 km (5.2 mi) from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
14 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the houseboat has fantastic views all round and is very comfortable
beds were comfortable with lovely clean linen
the boat was clean and well equipped
wonderfully clean accomodation in the perfect location
owners eric and lisa were great hosts easy communication and very helpful
both lisa and her husband eric are very friendly and responsive to any questions
lisa and eric have been fabulous hosts; easy communications and helpful with tips and transport to the houseboat
lisa & eric were very responsive and lovely hosts
the mooring location is really conveniently close to bayview with easy parking options
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Other boat accommodations in New South Wales, Australia

5. Couple-friendly yatch in Palm Beach (from USD 361)

Perfect for overnight stays with your beau, this yacht offers champagne along with its specialized menu of cold meat, vegetarian platters, and seafood entrées. Its cabins are furnished with queen beds and plush pillows for a restful sleep. Guests can avail of privatized tours of Pittwater upon request. Goggles, snorkels, and a swim platform are already included. Surfing, sailing, and boating are popular leisure activities in this area.

Palm Beach Golf Club, Avalon Beach, and Station Beach are all less than a 3-mile (5-kilometer) drive away.

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Palm Beach, New South Wales, Australia
9.55 km (6.0 mi) from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
house boat 2 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the yacht has beautiful views and a comfy bed for two
it’s clean luxurious and cosy
michael was a great host who made our stay on our yacht smooth and comfortable
thanks michael the yacht it’s location the amenities and cleanliness was outstanding
we have visited this place to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary
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6. Seawind catamaran in Sydney (from USD 1626)

Anchored in Vaucluse, this seawind catamaran floats gently in front of Sydney Opera House. Fall asleep to the sounds of seagulls flying over moors as you take in views of city lights and aquamarine waters. The saloon can either be open-top or closed off in line with your preference. Guests can enjoy fresh air on the bow trampoline outside. A personal chef is on-hand for preparing meals. Ice coolers and a swimming pool are also onboard.

Smoking is permitted in the vehicle.

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Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia
27.14 km (16.9 mi) from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
10 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 4 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
clean safe and private
tim was the most amazing host
tim was extremely friendly and quick to accommodate our requests
he was the best host and did the best job
tim was a fabulous host very easy going and made our whole experience one to remember
we are glad to have hosts like tim in our network
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7. All-inclusive yacht in Collins Beach

Parked on Collins Beach’s clear blue waters, this all-inclusive yacht boasts room-darkening drapes, mosquito nets, and cleaning products to make your trip as comfortable as possible. It also comes with portable fans, board games, and closets for your clothes and outdoor gear. A laundromat is nearby. Early luggage drop-off is allowed. Parking is free, secure, and onsite.

Paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkels are available for use.

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Manly, New South Wales, Australia
20.56 km (12.8 mi) from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
18 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
the boat was clean and modern and spacious enough for two couples
highly recommend this experience and great hosts
they were very attentive and helpful with everything
eddy has been an amazing host very accommodating and helpful with everything
the location is gorgeous
great location and beautiful yacht
super cute and close to a little beach
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From sipping drinks on the bow and engaging in water sports to admiring all that New South Wales has to offer, there is no doubt you and your loved ones will have a splendid time in Australia. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and choose any one of these best houseboats in New South Wales, Australia.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.


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