For children of all ages, houseboating can be an educational and eye-opening experience. There are new experiences on the water, places to see, exciting things to do, and most importantly, absolute quality time with the family. However, vacationing with children may be a daunting task: extensive packing lists, grumpy children, and the horrors of “I’m bored.”
On top of that, the main concern is whether houseboating is safe for your children. This, oftentimes, could be something that keeps you away from booking that houseboat holiday of your dreams. But Wow Houseboats defies all of these concerns as we ensure the best out of your houseboating with your children. From our long list of child-safety features, fun and exciting add-ons to add some spice to your water activities to help you create that children’s bucket list to avoid the horrors of “I’m bored.” Let Wow Houseboats help you plan and achieve that wow factor holiday with ease.
A houseboat holiday is a pleasant and thrilling opportunity for children of any age to seek adventures, learn new skills, and explore nature and wildlife near the river. Adults, on the other hand, will appreciate the opportunity to unwind, re-energise, and spend quality time together on a houseboat.
A houseboat vacation is a wonderful experience for families with children. There are so many memories to be made and children of all ages will find it fun and exciting to learn new things and explore new adventures. However, families looking to hire or drive a houseboat want safety to be their top priority. To avoid unwanted incidents while houseboating, we have the following safety features present on the Wow Factor:
SAFETY FEATURE #1: CHILDREN’S LIFE JACKETS
We want you to be safe at all times onboard Wow Factor. Therefore, Wow Factor comes equipped with safety equipment. There are 12 adult-size emergency lifejackets, 8 children-size emergency lifejackets (15-40 kgs), 2 children-size emergency lifejackets (10-15 kgs) and one emergency lifebuoy. It is illegal to use these unless it is an emergency. If you need more appropriately sized lifejackets, we highly suggest that you must bring your own life jacket for emergency cases. Children will need a life jacket they can wear for water sports and around the boat, not simply an emergency jacket like adults.
SAFETY FEATURE #2: FIRE EXTINGUISHERS & FIRE BLANKETS
There are three fire extinguishers currently located on the boat. Fire extinguishers are to be used only for emergencies. If used other than in an emergency, there will be a refill charge of $100 each. There is one fire blanket located in the kitchen, hanging on the wall near the fridges. This blanket can be used to throw over a fire, wrap up an injured person, or be used to cover yourself if you need to walk through a fire-ridden area. An additional fire blanket will be located upstairs on the balcony once a BBQ or fire pit has been added to the boat.
SAFETY FEATURE #3: FIRST-AID KIT
There is a first aid kit located in the downstairs hallway cupboard. We try to keep this up to date, so please advise us of any supplies that have been used so that we can restock.
SAFETY FEATURE #4: CHILD-PROOF BALUSTRADES AROUND THE BOAT
The Wow Factor has been fitted with childproof balustrades and with self-closing hinges with lockable latches to help ensure that younger children cannot easily access the water. Childproofing is NOT a guarantee. Young children should wear a lifejacket and have parental supervision at all times if necessary while outside.
SAFETY FEATURE #5: SLIDING DOORS WITH LOCK FEATURES
All sliding doors have lock features. This prevents little ones from getting out of the cabin and accidentally falling into the water from the deck of the houseboat.
SAFETY FEATURE #6: WINDOWS WITH LOCKS
For your own safety, there are certain areas that are out of bounds or outside permitted areas. These areas are marked in red on the diagrams in the boat layout drawing. The upstairs windows are not to be opened. These should remain locked at all times. The boat has markings such as the one in the photo (“no access”) as part of its safety features.
SAFETY FEATURE #7: SIGNBOARDS AND SMOKE DETECTORS
There are certain areas that are out of bounds/ outside permitted areas for your own safety, These areas are marked in red on the diagrams in the boat layout drawing. The boat has markings such as the one in the photo (“no access to roof area”) to constantly remind guests of where the outside of permitted areas are located. The Wow Factor also has three smoke detectors, two of which are kept downstairs and one of which is kept upstairs, that have been tested.
We all know that children in today’s generation simply enjoy eating, sleeping, and playing on board houseboats. They love knowing that they can spend their entire vacation on the water, exploring every corner of the boat. Most families, however, want to tie up at some point during their holiday so that they can explore the area and enjoy activities together. Wow Houseboats have a lot in store for you and your family! No matter what age they are-babies, toddlers, school-age children or teens, these boredom busters we have will definitely bring a wow-factor experience to everyone!
WONDERS ON WATER #1: BIRD WATCHING
In today’s fast-paced world of social media, children these days are easily caught up in all things seen online, while they tend to forget about the wonders of nature by exploring and playing outside. It’s not just our children, but most of us spend a lot of time liking, sharing, and tweeting.
Why not take the time and listen to the “real” tweets from birds by bird watching? The Murray River is the perfect spot for bird watching as it is home to an abundance of wildlife, with hundreds of bird species seen on the river. Wow Factor has two sets of binoculars, one from upstairs and one from downstairs. We also have a Bird Watching Book onboard to assist you and make the experience more enjoyable.
WONDERS ON WATER #2: DOUBLE FISHING KAYAK
Exciting news! Wow Factor recently purchased an Eagle Double Fishing Kayak Package to add more fun to your water activities during your houseboat holiday. There’s no better way to explore the Mighty Murray River than recreational kayaking. But since we’re the Wow Factor, it’s not only kayaking that we offer to our river enthusiasts but also fishing! Yes, fishing and kayaking in one! The Eagle Kayak can comfortably fit a small child in the centre when a luxury soft seat is installed. Larger children can fit either in the front seat or in the rear seat, but they must be supervised by an adult.
WONDERS ON WATER #3: WATERSPORTS
The Murray River is the epicentre for all kinds of water sports! For those with their own gear, there are many astonishingly wide stretches of the river that are perfect for water skiing, wakeboarding, or jet skiing. The Wow Factor provides water ski gear for these watersports at an extra cost. Contact us for more information.
WONDERS ON WATER #4: JET SKI AND SKI BOATS
Are you excited about some action on the water? Wow Factor can book jet skis and ski boats for you. Learn wakeboarding, barefooting, water skiing, and even kneeboarding without any hassle! Hire the boat/driver/coach for between 2 and 8 hours a day. Bringing in your own jet ski or ski boat? We can offer you access to this equipment from the ski boat shed next to the houseboat to complement your waterski boat. Contact us for more information.
WONDERS ON WATER #5: STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Enjoy the gentle beat of the oars and the crunch of the river red gum branches as you explore the mighty Murray River by paddle boarding. The Wow Factor offers a 10’8″ Ride MSL Inflatable Paddle Board Package for hire. It is designed for heavier riders or those who enjoy some company on the water (dogs included). For an inflatable paddle board that offers super stability and performance, look no further than this 10’8″ Ride. You’ll appreciate the extra stability that comes from its increased volume, especially if you are a slightly larger rider or have a passenger on board.
WONDERS ON WATER #6: RIVERBANK COOKING AND CAMPING
Teenagers love to be around the fire while the adults prefer to spend their nights on the boat. We provide camping essentials such as outdoor cooking equipment for an open fire. We also boast the brightest flood lights on the River Murray, perfect for riverbank cooking and camping. The boat’s signage lights up as well like the lights on a Christmas tree.
WONDERS ON WATER #7: STARGAZING AT THE BIG BEND
Enjoy stargazing in South Australia’s River Murray Dark Sky Reserve! Reaching for the stars has never been this much fun with some suggestions like enjoying the stunning views from Wow Factor; taking in the sights from Big Bend Cliffs; camping at either Meldanda, Cambrai, or Walker Flat while watching the night sky.
There are a lot of reasons why Wow Factor is your best Murray Houseboat choice for having that ‘wow’ houseboat holiday experience. But we can list the key highlights of what’s in store for you:
- This double-storey 12 berth houseboat is one of the few Murray houseboats with a rear-facing kitchen and dining plus driving upstairs or downstairs. With five separate living and entertainment spaces, plus five washrooms, there is room for everyone to experience a WOW Factor houseboat holiday.
- The Rear Kitchen – this is what makes WOW Factor unique. We challenge you to find another 2-story rear-facing houseboat with rear kitchen and dining decor self-drive. A truly guaranteed wow-factor experience!
- Yes, Wow Factor is dog-friendly with conditions as we care about your dog almost as much as you do! Rosso, our Cavalier King Charles even has his own life jacket for extended times in the river or when he comes on an inflatable SUP for an early morning paddle.
- Wow Factor is child-friendly! Vacationing with children can be a daunting task – packing lists, grumpy children and the horrors of “I’m bored”. Let Wow Houseboats help you plan and achieve that wow factor holiday of your dreams with ease.
- We’re the only houseboat offering the ultimate one-way wow-factor 7-day journey. For more information, please refer to the Brochures link below or email us back stating your interest with regards to this booking.
- Experience celebrating any wow-factor moment with Wow Houseboats and score some exclusive deals perfect for your celebration. Birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, Christmas/New Year’s Eve; name it, we have it – Wow Factor complements any celebration with colourful LED lights that can be easily programmed with a touch of remote control or app – no other houseboat has lights like this!
What are you waiting for? Experience “WOW” with Wow Houseboats today. Plan your Wow Holiday with us.