Marinas in Australia that allow houseboat living.

by Nicole

Any marinas that allow houseboat living in Australia?

Any marinas that allow houseboat living in Australia?

Looking to find any marinas in Australia that allow houseboat living? I am hoping to find a list of Marina's in Australia that allow living aboard....

So far, with much difficulty speaking to different states, I have only been able to establish that this is allowed in Southern Australia....

Oh, and if there are any other aussie houseboat sites similar to this great site, can someone please let me know...

I appreciate any ideas for this complete novice wanting to escape the rat race and enjoy a much simpler life...

Cheers, Nicole.

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Well Nicole, congratulations on your decision to escape the "rat race" and decide to live on a houseboat in Australia. Sounds like a dream come true for a major lifestyle change. I guess you can tell that "my opinion is a little biased" :)

As to finding a list of marinas in Australia that allow houseboat living, I know that there are many that allow it, however unfortunately I don't have any names :(

However, I do have some great news, I know that Australian visitors represent a large percentage of our incoming traffic, so I am confident that many will leaving valuable comments and names for you. I have always found that many of the Australian boaters are a very friendly and helpful group.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their houseboat living experiences in Australia. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found at the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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by: marnie

I'm based on the Gold Coast QLD there is a large houseboat community here and most of the marinas allow live aboard on houseboats.

We also have a local houseboat builder based here I believe they are called Havana Houseboats and have a number of boats around the area. Friends of ours living on one at Hope Harbour Marina and it costs them $8000 per year that also includes all of your water and power so it is a smart move your considering.

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Houseboat Living - finding marina's to live on
by: Jo

Hi Nicole, I can understand your frustration trying to find somewhere that you can live permanently on your houseboat. My husband and I decided to live on a houseboat in Western Australia and found that due to the laws on the Swan River that this was not allowed.

However this same law does not cover the Mandurah Estuary, so we started to ask at the marinas in this area and found that even though it was legal to live on the Estuary, the marina's didn't allow it.

Then when we were looking at a houseboat for sale we found at a private marina in Port Bouvard that allows permanent houseboat living and has several people already living permanently there.

The problem with Western Australia is that the houseboats here are few and expensive compared to what they're selling in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, so these are things you need to weigh up.

My suggestion is to decide which state you want to live in, then check the laws on permanent houseboat living for each body of water there, then ring around the marina's especially the private ones because they set their own rules.

An easy way to find the marina's is to look around the waterways on the map, the marina's are quite distinctive looking. Find the name of it on the map, then ring directory assistance for the phone number or Google it.

Another way to find marina's to live on is to look at houseboats for sale that say you can live aboard and find out where they are moored. Lake Eildon seems to be popular for this and some parts of the Murray River in South Australia.

I hope I've been some help. Jo

Reply - Answer
Jo, I appreciate that you took the time to answer the original poster, as this information will help many houseboaters.

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Australian marinas for houseboat living
by: Anonymous

HI Nicole, there is a marina guide online which lists contacts for every marina in Australia. Might be of use to you if you want to work the phones and start calling them to find out which ones allow liveaboards.

Aussie House Boat Marinas [gold Coast]
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Hi Nicole, there are a number of Marinas on the waterways in and around what we call the Broadwater, that cater to house boats.

The Moreton Bay Marine park encompasses a massive area of safe anchorages especially for slower moving vessels with shallow draft.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife or Tourism qld will only be too pleased to answer any questions you may have. I have found them very helpful I also live on my houseboat in this area.

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Murray River Marinas
by: Mark

Not sure if my last post made it, so I'll try again.

If you are interested in marinas on the Murray River that allow permanent residents, try this link

Look for a link to the "River Murray Marinas - Supply and Demand Study (2005)". At this rear of this document it lists the marinas, their location and the number of permanents. There are also location maps.

Don't worry about what the Draft Marina Strategy says, it has been sent back to be re-drafted after the public savaged it.

The primary private houseboat/cruiser association in SA is the River Murray Boat Owners Association

Reply - Answer
Well Mark, thanks for the great information.

IAN from

South Australian Housboat Living
by: Mark

There are quite a few marinas on the Murray River in South Australia that allow live-aboards.

The question would be whether they have vacancies and if they are below Lock 1 (Blanchetown) whether they have enough water because of the drought.

In South Australia, you can currently be an itinerant, that is, moving up and down the river. I have met a few people doing this. Some have a small car on the back deck, others drive the car to the next town and then catch a bus back to their boat.

If you want a list of marinas along the river, Try this link and look for the "Supply and Demand Study" as it provides details about the marinas along the river in 2005. It is still pretty current, although some of the marinas below Lock 1 (Blanchetown) are effectively closed due to low river levels caused by the drought.

The major private houseboat/cruiser association in South Australia is the River Murray Boat Owners Association (RMBOA) and their website is

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Well Mark, thanks for the great information.

IAN from

Australia houseboat information
by: Dave

Nicole, I have been searching for information for ages on the houseboat scene in Australia - alas with no luck. Even trying to get info on builders for coastal houseboats is hard.

I live in the topend and we have 4 marinas. Two are available for live aboards - Tipperwary and Bayview. The other two are either commercial (with large private boat overflow) and cullen bay.

Tipperwary and Bayview have minimal berths available, inparticular in the wet as people want the shore power for aircons. You have to book 4-6 months in advance.

During the dry there are places to anchor without entering a marina as long as you are careful with the tides - your houseboat will be high and dry or you wont be able to go ashore because a 7mt tide has taken the water away and left mud.

If you find an Aussie houseboat site please send details.

Cheers, Dave

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