Holidays Afloat
Holidays Afloat
5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Holidays Afloat & Ripples Located an hour north of Sydney at Brooklyn, conveniently close to the M1 (F3) motorway. Ideally located at the gateway to the Hawkesbury, it is a leisurely hour and a half cruise to the pristine waters of Kuring-gai Chase National Park. Alternatively you can cruise up the Hawkesbury to historic Wisemans Ferry, or head towards the serenity of Berowra Waters. You are spoilt for choice with our extensive cruising areas. With the largest and widest range of houseboats, HOLIDAYS AFLOAT & RIPPLES will have the vessel that is just right. We have a range of different types of vessels. Whether you’re a couple, a family or a group of friends we have the perfect choice. If you are seeking a traditional houseboat, a modern cruiser or homecruiser, or if you’re on a budget or seeking luxury we’ll have the right vessel for you. To put your mind at ease we will give you a personal briefing on board your vessel where we show you its full features and operation.
Brooklyn, New South Wales, Australia

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Hannah C
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Friendly and professional customer service. The whole process from booking to dropping back was very clear and super smooth. Call out for Karen who calmy talked me through how to re-start one of the engines when it cut out. 100% recommend.
Written January 30, 2024
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Zoe P
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Dec 2023 • Family
Everything was fabulous, from the moment we booked, got there, set off, moored, cruised around, etc. The scenery is beautiful and it’s so quiet and relaxing. The staff were terrific, even bringing our son out to our boat when he arrived later on. If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of life, fish, read a book, nap, fish, read, nap (rinse and repeat), then this is the perfect holiday.
Written January 15, 2024
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Brad D
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Nov 2023 • Friends
What a fantastic weekend to spend with friends!!
From booking this trip online to driving home on Sunday, everything ran smoothly.
Exploring the Hawkesbury was great, especially the beautiful surroundings and views during perfect sunsets.
Will certainly be back to explore more with Holidays Afloat,
Written November 15, 2023
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Treena c
1 contribution
May 2023
From booking our house boat for two nights to arrival to boarding to leaving the marina to out and about to returning to the marina to unloading to saying good byes to return of the bond. There was not one thing we could fault. It was everything and plus for an amazing weekend. Kerry from the office was on the ball with emails and kepted us up to date with everything we needed to do. Arrival was as smooth as and Karen was so helpful and friendly. Loading all our things was a breeze. Our houseboat was so clean and tidy. Darrel showed us around the houseboat explaining everything we needed to know. Answering our questions. On our way out of the marina Darrel made us feel very comfortable with everything we needed to know about taking control of the houseboat when he left us. We had an amazing time on the houseboat. Exploring, fishing, BBQing rowing to shore. Meals on the top deck. On our return back Matthew meet us to take us back in through the Marina. He also made us feel very welcome. Once back we unloaded everything, up to the office where we meet with Karen once again. Finished all the paper work and said our good byes. This was our 1st ever time going out on a Houseboat. We would definitely go back to Holidays Afloat Houseboats again. Thanks to all the staff that made our weekend very enjoyable.
Written May 21, 2023
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melanddave1975
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Couples
What a trip!

My husband and I travelled in March for our 10 year wedding anniversary for three nights on the weekender! A two person mini “white boat” with everything you could possibly need for your boating Hawkesbury adventure. Leave the kids at home and enjoy quality time , we were out of range a lot! And loved it!

In 3 days we covered up river and down rivers’ most popular spots!

Highlights-

Up River-
Berowra Waters- make a booking for very fancy degustation lunch at the Berowra Water Inn! We moored in deep bay overnight and it was beautiful and very private.

Down River-
Castle Bay (next to Yeomans) for a great sunset and overnight moorings.
Cottage point - just to visit the general store for coffee and extra ice!
Smiths creek - for a full day trip exploring all the little inlets, enjoying the scenery and great swimming in the inlets.
Refugee bay for the waterfall.
Better scenery and food than what we have experienced abroad… what we have in our own backyard- and so special that most these areas only accessible by water!

The boat has everything you need! It’s clean, organized, with a first aid kit, matches, and everything for cooking.
Extras - pack- foil, paper towel, extra towels, a bath mat, cushions, a floaty/blowup lilo, teabags, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, oil.

Only pack the food and drinks you actually need! Tip: precut little garnishes like parsley and onion- huge help. Foods that don’t need refrigeration like eggs, bread, tomatoes and avocados for example- also huge help as fridge is just enough for two for three- 4 days.

All Holidays afloat staff were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The induction and introduction to the boat was informative, well organized and seamless.

On top of everything the weather was perfect too. Thank you Holidays afloat team for our amazing trip!
Written March 11, 2023
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Chantal H
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
We had such a wonderful time. This holiday was a dream come true after holing up all school holidays trying to avoid Covid. We were so grateful this company was recommended to us by so many people when we were looking for a Covid-safe getaway. The customer service is exceptional from booking to after the fact. We will be back again!
Written February 12, 2022
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Mandy F
Sydney14 contributions
Nov 2021
What amazing memories we three best friends had over the weekend. I have been on the Hawkesbury River prior with Holidays Afloat and always had a great time but this time I was with my friends who had never experienced house boating on the Hawkesbury......It was such a wonderful experience to do for Julie's 50th birthday celebrations.

Holidays Afloat are such a professional team, I was requesting several things prior to our arrival and nothing was a problem for both Nicole and Karen.

We took out the Islander 35' 4 berth which was perfect for us as it slept 2 x double beds. It has recently had a refurb so everything was new, fresh and workable. The full size oven was fantastic as I had the cook top, grill and oven all going at the same time for our seafood Platter.

With Luxury Afloat you can sit and relax, kayak (and fall in) bush walk, fish, bbq and party and most of all create some wonderful ever lasting memories....

It truly is My Happy Place - Thank You Guys
Written November 18, 2021
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HamzahPasha
Paraparaumu, New Zealand139 contributions
May 2021
Wow, where to begin. The people we dealt with were wonderful and fully understanding, as at one point we thought that we might not make it from NZ due to covid bubble restrictions. Once at the marina, the staff were very professional and we were on the boat and gone within 30 minutes. The boat was clean and had everything that we needed. All the electronics worked and we had a couple of great BBQs at the back of the boat.
It was a most memorable holiday and we both can't wait to do it again. If you do get a chance make your way to Smith's Creek. Heaven.
Written May 17, 2021
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Malcolm H
Greater Newcastle, Australia12 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
Spacious boat easy to drive and moor staff very friendly & helpful price value to money. Safe and secure parking.
Written March 15, 2021
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Eleanor C
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Dec 2020
We had a great few days out on the boat! We had a 45 foot, with myself and my partner (now fiance!), and we were able to grab my parents in the motorised dingy to come on for one of the nights. Highly recommend getting the motorised dingy (costs bit extra) if you plan on doing any trips to shore, we also used it to just go explore a little during the trip! They recommended our parents went to McKell Park, as there is a spot for you to moor there, and we used the dingy from there to collect them.
The team were amazing to deal with before we left, and on the day to get things organised. Organise ice when you get there to take straight on, lots easier.
Lots of room in the fridge for your cold items, and two eskies outside, bbq was really great and easy to use. We also brought a bunch of card games to occupy some time in the rain, but was so lovely to just sit and watch it all around you!
Overall amazing trip, we'll be doing it every year :)
Written December 24, 2020
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