The best way to experience the Hawkesbury is on a fully equipped houseboat. Rates skyrocket during summer and school holidays, but most outfits offer affordable low-season, midweek and long-term specials. As a very rough guide, a two-/six-berth boat for two midweek nights costs from $500/1000 from September to early December; prices double during Christmas–New Year and on weekends and holidays. Options include Hawkesbury Afloat and Holidays Afloat.