There is plenty of room and the rooms have a view … bring loads of food and cruise the glorious Shoalhaven!
The Shoalhaven flows for more than 300km and is a great alternative to the Murray when it comes to houseboating. It is the same distance from Canberra as is Sydney and the wide river's waters are easier to navigate for amateur houseboat captains. The Waterways Department has marked the river's channels, so hitting the bottom is unlikely.
The waters are clean, the beaches are pristine and mornings are particularly beautiful as it's then the water is glassy and the bush tranquil.
Mark Patterson owns Houseboats on Shoalhaven and operates three craft. The Getaway can comfortably sleep 10 with everyone having their own berth … no sleeping on converted tables here! All beds are fitted with a bottom sheet but other linen needs to be brought along by you. You also need to provide your own food and drinks.
The roof is open and there is a table with chairs and shade canopy, as well as banana lounges for sunbathing. There is a stainless steel gas barbecue provided and the kitchen is stocked with pots, pans and a boiler. Two ice chests keep everything fresh.
There is plenty of living room for children to run around, but don't forget if anyone on board is not a strong swimmer, they should wear a lifejacket, just in case.
There is a tin boat provided which is very useful for shore excursions, exploring or fishing.
Buildings are few and far between but one residence on the river is very special. Bundanon belonged to painter Arthur Boyd, the great Australian artist and member of a talented family, many of whom made their names in the arts.
Arthur and Yvonne Boyd's gift of the Bundanon properties and collections has given Australia a true cultural and environmental asset. The Bundanon Trust was established in 1993 to develop it as a living arts centre and people can experience the Boyd legacy in a number of ways. Bundanon was purchased by the Boyds in 1979 giving them the right place for the extensive family collection of furniture, carpets and many fine antique pieces from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
The property is open to the public each Sunday and visits include tours of the homestead and Arthur Boyd's studio where there are unfinished works, handmade paintbrushes and his huge palette. There are also works by Sir Sidney Nolan and Brett Whiteley.
Please be aware that due to a single access road, arrival time is from 10.30am to 1pm with departures between 1.30pm and 4pm.
Two-and-a-half hours south of Sydney.
Houseboats on Shoalhaven start at $700 for two nights.
Bundanon entry costs $11 for adults and $38.50 for a family ticket. It is open every Sunday.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Houseboats on Shoalhaven
120 Binnaburra Park Road,
Longreach via Nowra 2541
Ph: (02) 4421 4164
Fax: (02) 4421 firstname.lastname@example.org
Box 3343 PO
North Nowra 2541
Ph: 4423 0433 Monday to Friday
Ph: 4423 7029 Sundayssonya@bundanon.com.au