Frequently asked questions
What Equipment do you have for hire ?
We have three 4200 (5 passengers) and two 3500 (4 passengers) Smartwave Hire Boats perfect for exploring the lake or fishing for the famous Awoonga Barramundi.
We also have one BBQ pontoon boat - Commercially registered to carry 12 passengers (max of 8 adults and 4 kids recommend).
And we also have a range of Kayaks , 4 Doubles , 6 ,single adult & 5 kids Kayaks. And 3 stand up paddle boards (more to come soon!!)
we also have Kymera jet powered body boards for hire at the moment.
Are you there during the week ?
Monday, Thursday & Friday we are available for bookings only.
We suggest to make your booking prior to the day you intend to come out and hire from us.
We have a few of us ... do you do group bookings?
Yes we certainly do, check our group package deals on our website or contact us to customize a package to suit your needs.
How do we make a booking?
We are currently working on an easy booking system for our website that won’t charge you, the customer, and won’t cost us an arm & a leg.to manage.
So at the moment, we suggest to book on our Facebook page is the best way, or if you don’t do Facebook, call or text your request to Nudge on 0457929889.
What are the vessels registration limits ?
All of our vessels are registed for 4E - 4 being "hire & drive" and E being operated in smooth waters only. They predominantly operate in Lake Awoonga, but upon request we can allow equipment to be taken away depending on availability.
Is there a safety briefing before the hire ?
Yes there is a full safety briefing given on all aspects of operation,safety equipment and emergency situations
1. The paperwork for the hire contract will be filled out.
2. A full safety briefing given at the vessel.
What is the tow away boat hire rules ?
Maritime rules state that any unlicenced drivers can only operate our vessels within Lake Awoonga Boating & Leisure Hire's operating area only, with an engine restricted so the engine will travel at 10 knots or less.
Tow away hirere's must let us take a copy of their current drivers licence and recreational marine drivers licence.
Vessels are registered for 4E and must only be operated in smooth waters, during daylight hours only.
Do I need a current fishing licence at Lake Awoonga ?
There is no need for a SIPS (stocked impoundment permit scheme) permit in lake Awoonga. There is also no closed barramundi season, but limit conditions apply to one barramundi min. 58cm from midday 1st November - midday 1st February. Outside of these dates you are allowed to posses a maximum of 5 barramundi (can include 1 greater than 120cm).
Do you take a booking deposit ?
For the BBQ pontoon there is a $100 non refundable deposit that is payable on booking by either direct bank deposit or cash or eftpos. That then becomes part of the full hire price on the day of the hire, so if it is a full day booking the remaining balance would be $250 or for half day hire the balance is $180.
Boats require a booking deposit of $50
For Kayaks & Stand up paddle boards, unless the price is for multiple hire over $100.
If you don't show up for the arranged hire time within 15 minutes and don’t contact us, Your booking may be cancelled and depending on availability you may miss out on hiring and your deposit will be forfeited. Check our Terms & Conditions section on our website for more details.
Can we book accommodation through you ?
No , but you can contact the Lake Awoonga Caravan Park on 07 49750155 or their Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/LakeAwoongaCaravanPark/ or on their website
Do you have house boats ?
No we don’t have house boats sorry.
How can we pay ?
For deposits for our boats etc. we provide you with our direct deposit bank details.
For all on the day hire, we have eftpos or you can pay by cash.
How do we find you ?
Simply google Lake Awoonga Boating & Leisure Hire.
Or if you have found Awoonga Dam Rd.
Continue all the way until you reach the Caravan park, turn left into the Caravan park and drive down the hill towards the lake and you will find our shop there.
Do you do discounts ?
Yes we do, check out our group package deals page on our website or contact us for customized group deals.
Can I just turn up and hire a boat ?
Occasionally we will have boats available for “walk ins” on the day, but generally we require booking in advance and we always suggest to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Can we get food from your shop ?
We have cold drinks, ice creams and light snacks like packets of chips. Availability varies on stock amounts.
We are thinking of staying at the Caravan park and would like to hire a boat for a few days, can we do this ?
Yes, we quite often hire for multiple days, we can offer a discounted rate for 3 days or more
Contact us for pricing and availability.
What time do they open the gates at Lake Awoonga?
Awoonga is open to the public 24/7
Unless otherwise noted from the Gladstone Area Water Board. Please read the Conditions of entry sings prior to entering Lake Awoonga.
For any other questions, feel free to contact our Facebook page or call or text us
Nudge - 0457929889