Nelson Boat Hire pontoon boat in limestone gorge on the Glenelg River

Nelson Boat Hire lets you be the captain

No boat licence required!

There's something really special about taking your time to enjoy the natural surroundings of the Glenelg River from Nelson. Cruise through the Lower Glenelg National Park, see limestone gorges or find a quiet spot to cast a line.

We think you'll be pleasantly surprised how easy it can be to drive our boats! Select from our houseboat, dinghies, cabin cruisers, pontoon boat and paddleboats.

Plus, fishing enthusiasts can stock up on live and frozen bait, lures and right gear in our tackle shop!

Hourly and daily rates available with fuel, lifejackets and all safety equipment included.


  • Up to 4 people


  • Up to 4 people


  • Up to 6 people


  • Up to 10 people
Nelson Boat Hire houseboat

Stay overnight on our houseboat!

Our comfortable and well-equipped campercraft is simple to operate and takes up to 6 adults upriver in style. Enjoy unparalleled convenience as you take in the sights the river has to offer, and pull into one of the many landings for a stroll in natural bushland.

Cooking is a breeze with the marine stove, griller and oven onboard. Plus there's a two-way gas/electric fridge/freezer, stainless steel sink, toilet and even a hot shower!

And, when the day is done, sleep peacefully onboard with three fold-down double beds. All you need is your bedding and pillows.

With excellent river swimming and fishing straight off the back of the boat, the campercraft is a perfect way to holiday with a few friends - why not bring the family to this exceptional getaway spot, with everything you need right onboard!

Fuel, lifejackets and all safety equipment included!

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Nelson Boat Hire houseboat on the Glenelg River in Lower Glenelg National Park
Relaxing on Nelson Boat Hire houseboat
Fishing on Nelson Boat Hire houseboat
Bream fish caught in the Glenelg River

Fishing - we're your one stop shop!

Local and visiting fishos have relied on us for years to supply the freshest live bait (mullet for mulloway and crab for bream). Plus, our tackle shop is loaded with just the right gear especially focussed on chasing local species.

There's some really great fishing to be had in the Glenelg River and quality surf fishing on nearby Discovery Bay beach.

Live baits

Live crab for targetting bream, live mullet for mulloway and podworms for mullet. Pre-booking welcome.


We specialise in lure and soft plastic fishing and stock an extensive range of soft plastic, vibration and hard body lures.

Local knowledge

We've been fishing these waters for ages! Ask us about recent successes and selecting the right gear current river conditions.

Frozen bait

Local cockles (pippies), prawns, glassies, frozen mullet, rabbit, hare, squid, pilchards, white bait, blue bait and sandworm.

Rods, reels & more

The right gear really can be the difference between a good day fishing and a great day fishing. Entry-level to serious fishos catered for.

Fishing licences

Don't forget, if you're fishing Victorian waters, you'll need a fishing licence. Short or long term licences available.

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Boat hire pricing

Hire Dinghies Half-Cabin Cruisers Pontoon Party Boat
1 hour $55* $65* 2 hour minimum
2 hours $85* $95* $130*
3 hours $110* $125* $190*
4 hours $130* $155* $250*
Extra hours $20* $25* $60*

*$100 bond applicable with all boat hire.

Hire Houseboat - Off-Peak Season
(1st May to 30th November)
Houseboat - Peak Season
(1st December to 30th April)
2 nights (minimum) $450* $490*
3 nights $590* $660*
Extra nights $130* $160*

*$200 bond applicable with houseboat hire.

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Experience the very best of the Glenelg River with Nelson Boat Hire!

We're right on the riverbank in Kellett Street, Nelson, Victoria

Phone (08) 8738 4048 (within Australia), +61 8 8738 4048 (International)
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