Boat & Kayak Hire

COTTAGE POINT KIOSK & BOAT HIRE

ALL ABOARD!

Cottage Point is the perfect location to launch your day of adventure on the scenic waterways of Cowan River sheltered by the beautiful evergreen Kuring-gai Chase National Park. The waters are calm and protected, and are plentiful in secluded beaches, natural waterfalls, birdlife and marine life which are best discovered by boat or kayak.

The Kiosk General Store is stocked with everything you need for your day out, from fishing bait and tackle and ice to ice cream, sunscreen and cold drinks. We do takeaway coffee too! You might like to book a table for breakfast or lunch before or after your adventure, or we can package your meal to go.

OUR FLEET

  • Our boats and kayaks are available for hire all year round
  • Hours of operation are 8am until 4pm
  • No boat licence is required
  • A variety of boats and kayaks are available to suit different experiences
  • Detailed descriptions, images, pricing and availability of all vessels can be found here

BOOKINGS

  • Online bookings are essential
  • Do you have some questions before you book?  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions
  • Online bookings are not available for last minute bookings.  If you wish to make a booking for today please call us on 9456 3024 to check availability
  • During our off-peak periods we may not operate boat hire every day if we don’t have advance bookings.  If you’re thinking of ‘popping in’ to hire a boat or kayak, please give us a call first to ensure we’re able to get you out on the water.

CANCELLATION

Be sure to read our cancellation policy prior to booking!

CRUISING AREA
'AREA OF OPERATION'

  • Our Area of Operation is Cowan Creek and Cowan Water from Bobbin Head in the West, Akuna Bay in the East and Challenger Head in North.
  • The Limit Line is the seaward line from Eleanor Bluff to Challenger Head.
  • Boats and Kayaks are not permitted beyond the Limit Line ie in the main body of the Hawkesbury River.  Pittwater is not in our Area of Operation.
  • The Limit Line is approx 40-50mins cruising time from Cottage Point.
  • The Area of Operation may be reduced at the Kiosk’s discretion during times of inclement weather or other events.

HIRING BOATS AND KAYAKS

Bookings are essential.  We recommend bookings are made at least two days in advance.

Bookings can be made online here.

Payment for the boat or kayak hire charge will be required at time of booking via our online booking system.

The applicable bond charge for your booked vessel/s will be payable at the Kiosk on the day of hire.

Please note that the refund of the bond is not automatic.  On return of the vessel the hirer must attend the Kiosk to process a refund of the Bond Charge (less any applicable charges).

Please call us if you wish to change or cancel your booking.

Cancellations made up to 24 hours in advance of the booking time are fully refundable.

Cancellations made within 24 hours of the booking time are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

All hires will proceed regardless of weather conditions (eg wind, rain) unless Kiosk Management deems it dangerous to do so.  If Kiosk Management deems the conditions to be unsafe due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances and the hire is cancelled before it has commenced, a full refund will be given.

Kiosk Management will consult www.weatherzone.com.au/nsw/sydney/cottage-point when making a decision about the conditions.

If the hirer wishes to cancel based on a weather forecast, they must do so with more than 24 hours notice of the booking time to receive a refund.  No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations made within a 24 hour notice period.

Additionally:

Your booking will be cancelled if you are more than 30mins late for your booking if you haven’t advised us otherwise.  Please call us if you are running late.  No-shows will be charged the full price.

There is a maximum number of persons able to use the vessels.

All our boats can take up to 5 people, with some accommodating up to 8.

The limits are based on headcount, not on a persons age or size.  These limits are maritime law and are not negotiable.

Single kayaks are for 1 person only, double kayaks are for no more than 2 people.  Pets are not permitted on the kayaks.

  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your booking start time to allow time for parking and paperwork. On weekends, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your start time.
  • Let us know you have arrived by attending the Kiosk counter located upstairs in the Kiosk building.
  • Once you have completed the final paperwork and paid the bond, you will receive a briefing onboard by our Kiosk attendant. The briefing is on your time.  It should take no more than 5-10mins.  Your briefing is scheduled to start at your booking start time. Please note that if you are late you may have a significant wait for the next available briefing slot and this may reduce your time on the water.
  • Unless a delay is the result of Kiosk operations, you will be charged from your booking start time, regardless of whether you start late or how long your briefing takes.
  • If you are more than 30mins late for your booking without advising us, we will cancel the booking and release the vessel.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Driver’s License or another Identification Document
    Charged mobile phone so we can reach you and you can reach us on the water

Our Hire Conditions Form (Pre-Arrival Form) will be emailed to you once your online booking is confirmed.  This must be completed by the principal vessel operator and co-signed by any additional drivers.  Boat operators must be over 18yrs. Kayak operators must be over 16yrs.

The primary vessel operator will need to produce photo ID for verification on the day (eg driver licence). If you rely on an app for your ID please download and/or screen shot your ID before arriving at Cottage Point as there is no mobile phone reception or WIFI here for you to access the internet.

Please note that the vessels DO NOT come with a fishing licence. You can read about recreational fishing in NSW at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational to determine whether you may need to pay the NSW recreational fishing license fee. The Kiosk does not sell fishing licenses so if one is needed it should be obtained before visiting Cottage Point.

Ice, Bait and Tackle is available for sale at the Kiosk General Store.

CANCELLATION

Please call us on 9456 3024 if you wish to change or cancel your booking.

Cancellations made up to 24 hours in advance of the booking time are fully refundable.

Cancellations made within 24 hours of the booking time are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

All hires will proceed regardless of weather conditions (eg wind, rain) unless Kiosk Management deems it dangerous to do so.  If Kiosk Management deems the conditions to be unsafe due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances and the hire is cancelled before it has commenced, a full refund will be given.

Kiosk management will consult www.weatherzone.com.au/nsw/sydney/cottage-point when making a decision about the conditions.

If the hirer wishes to cancel based on a weather forecast, they must do so with more than 24 hours notice of the booking time to receive a refund.  No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations made within a 24 hour notice period.

Additionally:

Your booking will be cancelled if you are more than 30mins late for your booking if you haven’t advised us otherwise.  Please call us if you are running late.  No-shows will be charged the full price.

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WE ARE OPEN

8am-4pm, 6 days

(closed Tuesday)