My wife, sister and her husband booked a week on Foxtale 1 (the oldest in the fleet) for a week including the October long weekend (2013). Fantastic; stunning; relaxing.
This is one of the best holidays we have ever had as a family. The houseboat is very well laid out and spacious (the newer boats are even better!) with massive windows allowing for complete enjoyment of views - especially in the bedrooms at night and dawn. It is set up for 8 people, but very comfortable for 6 I would say. With four of us - fantastic!
Pick-up and 'training' very easy and simple. Although an experienced sailor (fixed keel) I was a little apprehensive about the handling, but no problems. Slow to turn; slow to get to speed; sllowly ram the bank to stop overnight. Cruising during the day entirely up to you - we normally cruised for 5 hours so we managed Morgan to Waikerie (plus one day there) and back in the seven nights hire period. Going up was probably around 4kph; coming down around 10kph.
Passing through the lock was worrying, but turned out to be no problem - after all, experienced at the helm for 2 days by now! Lock keeper very helpful and knowledgable, plus you get to see the flood marker there; if you thought the river was relatively high, you should see the historical levels!
Great food and wine (after all, you chose and brought it!) and company (ditto). Great scenery and wildlife - massive amounts of birdlife but the river is bereft of fish. No way could this be related to my skills as a fisherman - must have been the equipment/bait. Pulled out around 3 carp per evening plus shrimp in the nets.
Jodie and Michael (Foxtale) very helpful and understanding - and persuaded us not to make a runner with the boat as they reckoned finding us would not be a problem - tempted though we were as we loved it so much.
My wife is a real gym addict so was worried about being trapped on a boat - especially with other members of my family. No worries - plenty of walking once we stopped for the day, and the pace of life (plus space in the boat) meant all was well.
Looking forward to the next trip - missing Foxtale (should have gone ahead and kept the boat - covered with a couple of shrubs hiden against the bank - how could this fail?)