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Sunshine Coast: Mooloolaba River Sunset Cruise

1. Sunshine Coast: Mooloolaba River Sunset Cruise

Unwind into the Mooloolaba evening with a cocktail or two and a selection of the catch of the day while sailing effortlessly through the magical scenery of the Mooloolah Rivers.  The cruise picks you up from Wharf Mooloolaba, and takes you out to the river mouth first to enjoy scenic views right down to the Noosa headland.  Next stop is the local Mooloolaba fish markets to pick up the fresh catch of the day. You’ll then continue on a leisurely cruise through the bottom section of the Mooloolah River, and then through the harbor and canals. The boat is fully licensed so you can purchase wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks all on board. And if you’d like to eat, A full à la carte menu is offered, using the fresh catch of the day picked up at the market.

Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

2. Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

Discover the Sunshine Coast from the water on a canal cruise on a historic timber ferry, the only one still in operation in the region. Explore the coast and canal system and have lunch at a nearby restaurant if you wish. Upon departure, cruise past the wharf complex and marina towards Mooloolah Island, a man-made island where you can find some of Mooloolaba’s most luxurious mansions and award-winning homes. Continue on past Minyama Island and learn all about its famous residents including celebrities and sports stars. Then, enter the Kawana Canal system and learn the history of the area's development from useless swamp land to some of Queensland’s most expensive real estate. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline from Mooloolaba Beach right up to Noosa Heads as the boat turns around at the river heads before returning back through the river. Pass the pilot boats used by the Brisbane pilotage service and see where the wild Osprey Eagles nest. On the way back, pass by the commercial fishing boats including the largest long-line fishing fleet in Australia. Finish off the cruise by passing the Mooloolaba Marina and Yacht Club. Select the lunch option and combine the cruise experience with a meal at a local restaurant. Choose from a specific menu of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes, plus sides, and 1 house wine, beer, or soft drink.

Noosa: Afternoon Cruise through the Noosa Everglades

3. Noosa: Afternoon Cruise through the Noosa Everglades

Climb aboard an eco safari vessel and travel to the Noosa Everglades on this group tour. Experience one of the two everglade systems on the planet. Travel over the clam reflective waters that are known as the river of mirrors. View Queensland's most stunning natural landscapes. Sip a glass of sparkling wine as you cruise the waterways and keep a lookout for wildlife. Upon returning to land, have some cheese, crackers, and dips. Try to spot one of the many grey Kangaroos that inhabit the Ecocamp.

Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

4. Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

Take part in animal conservation activities on Australia’s Sunshine Coast Aquarium with access to the SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba, approximately 1-hour from Brisbane. Learn about projects to protect the local environment, discover the unique wildlife of the billabongs and more. Then, come face to face with seals, otters, and even sharks! General admission will get you up-close to many of the creatures that live beneath the sea and show you more about their fragile ecosystems. Discover what animals inhabit the surrounding waters of Queensland and what measures are being taken to protect them. Be entranced by the delicate movement of seahorses in the Seahorse Sanctuary. Touch an array of sea stars and sea cucumbers in the Tidal Touchpool. Explore the coral gardens, clown fish, and sea anemones of the Pacific Reef. Go to the brand new Coastal Wreck zone, and learn about the many species that inhabit the coral reefs of Australia. Learn about the unique wildlife of the billabongs, including freshwater sawfish, barramundi, and pacu fish (a cousin of the piranha). Marvel at creatures whose ancestors have been in the world for more than 650 million years in Jellyfish Kingdom, come up close to fierce-looking moray eels, and much more.

Mooloolaba: Seafood Lunch Cruise

5. Mooloolaba: Seafood Lunch Cruise

Depart for your seafood lunch cruise from The Wharf in Mooloolaba. Jump aboard this entertaining 1.5-hour cruise along the river and canals of Mooloolaba, a top destination in Australia! Kick back and relax with table service and entertaining commentary from your guide. Come with an appetite - included on the cruise is a choice of four meals: fish and chips, calamari and chips, fresh Mooloolaba prawns, or a burger and chips. Upgrades and extras will be available on board. Enjoy your delicious meal while sailing by the beautiful sunny coastlines of Mooloolaba. With a fully licensed bar and comfortable booth seating onboard, this is a day out for the whole family to enjoy! 

Noosa: Everglades Safari Day Cruise

6. Noosa: Everglades Safari Day Cruise

Head out on a day tour across Lake Cootharaba, along the upper Noosa River, and up into the Noosa Everglades. Stop at historic locations and take casual walks near iconic heritage landmarks. Enjoy morning tea and lunch in one of Queensland's most stunning natural landscapes, known as the ‘River of Mirrors’. Begin your trip with a boat journey over Lake Cootharaba before entering Australia’s Everglades. Make your first stop at Fig Tree Point, where you will have the opportunity to do a small 400m rainforest walk before entering the Everglades. Take in the breathtaking views from the comfort of the boat whilst going upstream through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways, and sub-tropical rainforests. Look out for the local birdlife that lives in the area such as pelicans, ducks, cormorants, eagles, and rare jabiru. Relax and sip on morning tea served at the historic Harry’s Hut in the Great Sandy National Park. Return to Habitat Noosa and tuck into a chef-prepared hot roast lunch served in the Coothara BAR & Bistro. Admire the panoramic views of Lake Cootharaba while you eat. Finally, return to Noosa on a comfortable bus transfer.

Mooloolaba: Whale Watching Cruise

7. Mooloolaba: Whale Watching Cruise

Cruise from Mooloolaba Wharf for the chance to see whales on this boat tour. Hear the song of the whales with the onboard hydrophone. Sail on a fast boat to ensure that you get as much time with the whales as possible.  Embark from Mooloolaba Wharf and enjoy panoramic views of the coast as you head to the whale watching location. Relax in a comfortable seat with a high back. Feel the power of the engine as you speed to your destination.  Listen to commentary from you skipper to learn about these mysterious creatures. Watch as the whales breach, slap the water with their massive tails, and perform spy hops and peduncle throws.

Noosa: Humpback Whale Watching Tour

8. Noosa: Humpback Whale Watching Tour

Witness the majestic beauty of the humpback whale in the ocean off the coast of Noosa during their annual migration. Begin with a relaxing cruise down the Noosa River where you’ll soak up the sights and fantastic views of Noosa from the water. Then, your captain cruises out into the ocean in search of the friendly giants. Your nature-focused cruise will take you to locations that cannot be fully appreciated from the land, including amazing natural cliff formations, emerald forests, hidden coves, and sweeping beaches. Upon locating the whales, enjoy an awe-inspiring experience as you watch these playful giants frolic in their natural habitat. See breaches, tail lobs, and pectoral slaps as part of a spectacular display.

Mooloolaba: 1-Hour Land and Water Tour

9. Mooloolaba: 1-Hour Land and Water Tour

The one-hour amphibious Aquaduck tour includes an informative tour along Mooloolaba Beach, the Esplanade, and Sunshine Strip with a cruise through the canals and waterways. This tour offers a perfect mix between beautiful natural landscapes, wildlife, and waterways with the homes and mega-mansions of the super-rich and famous. Onboard, stories are shared featuring the history of the region including those from the original owners, beach culture, local produce, wildlife and much more. The tour has a one-hour duration and is a fantastic way to see and experience the heart of the Sunshine Coast. There are many photo opportunities on the tour and guests are encouraged to bring cameras, phones, and GoPro's.

Sunshine Coast: Gympie Mary Valley Rattler Train with Lunch

10. Sunshine Coast: Gympie Mary Valley Rattler Train with Lunch

Hop on board the Heritage Railmotor RM76 which traditionally ran the Brooloo line to Gympie providing a daily link to the town. Arrive early enough to take time to wander through the Station and learn the stories of the Mary Valley Rattler line, its people, and its history. Sit back and relax as you begin your nostalgic rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland. Savor a tasting plate consisting of local produce and learn about the mouth-watering produce the Mary Valley has to offer onboard as you cross the Mary River. Travel around an abundance of curves, over bridges and numerous gentle hills, and through the small township of Dagun. Watch the fascinating process of turning-of-the-engine on the turntable in the delightful historic town of Amamoor. On your return, a delicious 2-course lunch is served at the historic Gympie Station in the beautiful Rusty Rails cafe including a beverage of your choice (beer, wine, soft drink) with additional bar service available.

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What people are saying about Sunshine Coast

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 429 reviews

As a result of the supa friendly service & the peace and serenity cruising silently thru this wonderland of Mother Nature's creation, this was our second time this year. The first with ancient Trevor with whom we made our initial visit in the early 1990s. Our second cruise was during the April, 2022 floods at which time the signage & jetties were under water. This added a little more mystery & magic to the unique Ozzie destination. And, we'll be back with yet more of our large extended family, some of whom joined us on 25 July. Cheers, The Robbos.from Eumundi.

Lovely friendly staff, nothing was too much trouble. Lovely atmosphere, and the other travelers were very friendly. I will definitely book again.

We had the best time. The crew were sensational!!! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience! TOTALLY RECOMMEND!

Wonderful exhibits and great penguin information and seal show.

Amazing afternoon travelling through the Everglades.