4 Best Houseboats In Sydney, Australia - Updated 2024

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Sydney is one of the biggest tourist hotspots in the world, with millions of travelers visiting it every year. With an incredible variety of architectural landmarks, beaches, wildlife, and sights to explore, it’s no wonder why people flock to this city. Be sure to catch a show at the marvelous Sydney Opera House or swim in the turquoise waters of Bondi Beach. This harbor city, including the areas of Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, is a mecca for foodies, culture vultures, and adventurers alike. There’s always something for everyone here!

If you’re looking forward to a more unique experience and accommodation, why not consider renting a houseboat during your visit? If this intrigues you, then browse through our list of the best houseboats in Sydney, 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 July 10, 2024.

1. Hunky Dory

Relax and unwind in the calm waters of Pittwater while aboard the Hunky Dory. This double-story boat can accommodate up to six guests and features a separate sleeping quarter with a double bed. The lounge converts into two queen-size beds to tuck in the kids comfortably. Some amenities include a kitchen, TV, a sound system with speakers on both floors, and Wi-Fi. Fancy a barbeque session? There’s a grill provided, while upstairs there’s a dining table and lounging area.

You can grab the runabout, floating lilypad, or kayaks available onboard if you wish to explore the local town. The hosts are kind enough to pick up guests from the Bayview Park wharf in a runabout boat and drop them off at the houseboat. Do note that this rental stays on the mooring and cannot be chartered.

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15.13 km (9.4 mi) from Manly Beach
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 Sydney, Australia

2. Taylor Made Escapes (from USD 371)

Take your holiday to the next level when sailing on this elegant Beneteau Oceanis yacht. Moored at Palm Beach, this luxurious boat has a saloon, self-contained cabins, a bathroom, a galley, and a cockpit for dining and relaxation. There’s also a state-of-the-art sound system so you can blast your favorite playlist while on board.

Enjoy dining in the local restaurants and cafes nearby. After a full day of snorkeling on the beach, freshen up using the outside shower on the swimming platform. At night, be sure to hang out on the spacious deck area for romantic moments when star gazing.

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Palm Beach, New South Wales, Australia
22.33 km (13.9 mi) from Manly Beach
30 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 2 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
thank you for being such a great host
michael was a great host the cruise was excellent and the yacht was fantastic to sleep on
the location was so nice & so were the staff my boyfriend & i had an amazing time together
what a great place to stay easy check in and total privacy
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3. Elegant catamaran with master suite (from USD 1685)

Ever dreamt of a splendid holiday cruise while at sea? Then book this catamaran to turn dreams into reality. Offering step-by-step instructions from the skipper, you can operate the vessel on the waters of Rose Bay for a thrilling adventure. This rental has a master suite with a queen-size bed and an en-suite for complete privacy. At the back, there’s a double bed and a saloon couch that converts into another queen-size bed. In addition, guests have access to a kitchen, gas cooker, fridge, and an outdoor barbeque for meals.

Enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of the bay when hanging out in the saloon. For your well-being, all safety equipment and briefing are provided.

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Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia
8.53 km (5.3 mi) from Manly Beach
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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4. Beautiful yacht with modern comforts

With cozy living space and modern wooden interiors, this yacht is ideal for couples or small families who want to escape the busy city and have a serene vacation. Measuring 36 ft (11 m), this stylish houseboat is anchored at Collins Flat Beach and comes with all the modern amenities to make your stay an unforgettable experience. This rental has two large bedrooms and a toilet with a shower. It also comes with a kitchen and workspace.

With no Wi-Fi onboard, you can fully appreciate each moment without distractions. Spend the evenings under the stars or take a swim in the calm waters for a memorable holiday.

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Manly, New South Wales, Australia
999 meters (0.7 ft) from Manly Beach
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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Amazing houseboats in Sydney for a serene retreat

If you’re planning to visit Sydney anytime soon, you might be looking for unique accommodation options. If you’re a water lover, choose a houseboat to rent from the list above to make the best of your visit. Safe travels!

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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