Continuing to Renovate our Houseboats

As previous guests of the houseboats for years, we are passionate about these amazing waterways.

Exploring the pristine western coast of K’Gari (Fraser Island) with dolphins, dugongs, fishing & crabbing, even whales, it truly is a unique holiday experience. With local knowledge of this areas & supporting local businesses, our newly renovated “Tin Can Bay Boat Ramp Bait & Tackle” shop is here for the fishing enthusiast.

Or if you’re just here for the day, our Dinghy hire is a great way to explore & no license necessary. (Max 4 passengers)

Our waterbikes are also a huge hit. These “Human powered bikes” are perfect for 2 people (1 relaxing on the rear platform). Then swap.

Please contact Russell 24hrs ahead on: 0407 139 043 

We have undergone renovations on all the Houseboats too.  With so many repeat guests, continuing to enjoy themselves. On average most spend 5-7 nights exploring & enjoying the variety of fishing & crabbing, or simply relaxing & watching our amazing sunsets…

We recommend to plan your houseboat holiday 9-12 months in advance, to avoid disappointment.

Using the houseboat as your “Basecamp”, with our tender to drop off the crab pots or to access your own beach. So many guests prefer to bring their own tinnie & explore the many creeks & tucked away, protected spots.

Our skipper with his years of experience through these waterways, has programmed various routes into our iPad navigation assistance system. So follow the line through the deep waterways & where you see the anchor icon on your screen, know you can anchor safely.

We recommend arriving early in the morning 7-11am.

We will assist you to load up your houseboat, with bait & tackle here in our shop, additional eskies & ice available too. Our skipper will take you from the dock showing you how to use the houseboat, then return back in his chase boat, allowing you the freedom to explore this area at your leisure. Finding your own piece of paradise. Then at the end of your houseboat holiday, our skipper will meet you & dock you back here again.

No boat license necessary.

Our reviews & our popularity, show how passionate we are about what we do well.

Gentlemen Tom

Golden Grove

Annies Adventure



Getting here

Located on the Cooloola Coast 2.5 hrs drive north of the Queensland state capital Brisbane and just off the southern tip of Fraser Island. The seaside town of Tin Can Bay is a popular holiday destination and launch pad to the aquatic playground of the Great Sandy Straits – a pristine waterway protected by World Heritage listed K’Gari (Fraser Island). Closest airport is Maroochydore ( Sunshine Coast ) which is approx. 1.5 hrs drive.

Latest News

Customer service – the way it should be.

Tin Can Bay Boat Ramp Bait & Tackle shop – newly renovated & open.

Ice / Blocks & Bags available to purchase.
Dinghy Hire, Waterbikes available – book to avoid missing out

Waterbike Recliner

Are you in need of a holiday?  Our House Boats provide the perfect getaway.


A holiday on a houseboat is a holiday with a difference. It cannot compare to a holiday on land!!  Get away from the “city life” and wake up with a different view every morning.

You are the “captain” of your vessel, no boat licence needed and all our boats are easy to manoeuvre .

Complete and utter freedom to enjoy the picturesque sights and sounds of the magnificent Great Sandy Straits and Fraser Island.  Contact us today to book your houseboat holiday !!

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No you don’t, you will receive  full instructions by our skipper.  A comprehensive briefing is given to you before you take over the houseboat. A coxswain will take you out into the Sandy Straits and will ensure that both you and he are happy with your handling of the boat before leaving you. At the end of your holiday he will bring you back into the jetty.
All you need is your food, drink and towels.
All carriers (except Vodaphone) will receive service in majority of areas around the Sandy Straits.  All boats have a 240 volt inverter for charging.
Our boats are available from 7 am on day of departure and due back by 10 am at the end of your holiday.
Yes we can provide secure parking at a cost of $10/night/per vehicle.
You can travel as far north as Kingfisher Resort on Fraser Island, which is approx an 8 hr trip from TCB
Your houseboat comes fully filled with fuel but you will be charged for what you have used upon your return as well as your gas usage.
Yes, we would recommend the Whimbrel, as there are no steps or stairs inside, and more  open space aboard. We have had folk in wheelchairs aboard, but they have had some independent mobility, which is necessary to access the toilet and shower.