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Sunshine Coast Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Sunshine Coast Cruises & boat tours

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.

Noosa: Afternoon Cruise through the Noosa Everglades

2. 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 or beer as you cruise the waterways and keep a lookout for wildlife. Upon returning, try to spot one of the many grey Kangaroos that inhabit the Habitat Ecocamp.

Mooloolaba: Seafood Lunch Cruise

3. 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! 

Mooloolaba: Sunshine Coast Sunset Canal Cruise

4. Mooloolaba: Sunshine Coast Sunset Canal Cruise

As the setting sun slowly slips behind the majestic Blackall Mountain Range to the west of Mooloolaba, cruise through the waterways. Watch as nocturnal wildlife begins to appear and bird calls welcome the evening. Listen to commentary from your onboard skipper. Grab some dinner to bring onboard and purchase drinks with the licensed on board bar. Head to the pier to meet your guide and group and hop aboard the vessel. Your skipper will provide commentary while the glass-fronted waterside mansions reflect the setting sun. Check out the fishing boats returning to the harbor with their fresh catch of prawns, crabs, and fish. The trip ends back at the wharf.

Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

5. 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 1 still in operation in the region. Departing from Mooloolaba, explore the coast and canal system and enjoy an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant after the cruise. 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 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 Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

6. Noosa Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

Departing from Noosa Marina, Captain Nathan will take you on a relaxing scenic cruise down the Noosa River and around the headland. Soak up the amazing views of Noosa, and admire the iconic sights, including Hells Gate. Once at sea, these amazing mammals will come out and play. Get up close and personal with these beautiful dolphins as they feed and socialize. Look out for the varied species of birds before finishing with a relaxing cruise back to Noosa Marina.

Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

7. Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

Cruise or canoe the tranquil waterways of Australia's only Everglades on this tour with shuttle transfers from Noosa. Enjoy spectacular photo opportunities as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this unique ecosystem where 44% of Australia’s bird species reside.  Be picked up at select meeting points in Noosa and relax on the transfer aboard a climate-controlled bus. Soak up the atmosphere of the Everglades over a hot cup of morning tea.  Take in the Noosa River system from aboard an eco-boat or transfer to the canoe launch site and hop aboard a canoe and paddle your way through the pristine wilderness.  Uncover how pure freshwater pulses out of the Cooloola Sandmass and filters through the tea tree-infused ecosystem into this unique river system, creating the most spectacular reflections.  After your Everglades experience have the chance to buy lunch at the onsite bar and bistro where you can order craft beer from the micro-brewery. Return to your meeting point in Noosa at the end of your tour.

Mooloolaba: 1-Hour Land and Water Tour

8. 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.

Noosa: Self-Guided Water-Bike Tour

9. Noosa: Self-Guided Water-Bike Tour

The lower reaches of the Noosa River is a diverse waterway that includes breathtaking national parks, quirky jetties, and opulent waterfront houses. This tour will provide you with the opportunity to experience a bit of each, as you take the world's most efficient water bike for a ride around this amazing waterway. Taking your abilities and the environmental conditions at the time into account, you'll head out to explore the river and have some fun. The first thing you'll notice is the huge array of birdlife. Hundreds of Pelicans call this river home, and you'll be sure to gently cycle past a few within minutes. Keep your eyes open for the majestic White Bellied Sea Eagles and Brahminy Kites overhead, or the Great Egret silently fishing in the shallows. The first part of your tour will take you past Noosaville's iconic jetty strip. You can take in the relaxed atmosphere and appreciate the beautiful parklands, clean beaches, unique jetties, and quirky houseboats. There's plenty to do along this strip, and seeing it from the water is the best way to do it. Next, you'll cross the river to the north shore where water-front homes give way to a wild national park that is home to mangrove systems, paper bark forests, and towering eucalyptus trees. This is a great place to try and spot wildlife, as you search the shallows for sting rays and schools of fish, and look into the bush for birds and kangaroos. From here you really get to explore and tailor the tour to suit you. You can navigate your way between the sand banks and enter a stunning natural area called the Frying Pan. You may wish to continue further toward the river mouth, or you may choose to pull the bike up onto a secluded beach and stop for a swim and some refreshments. The water is clear, warm, and refreshing toward the river mouth, and can be enjoyed year-round. Once you've recharged and are ready to head back, simply jump on your bike and head back to the jetty where the tour began.

Maroochydore: Private Maroochy River Eco Cruise with Lunch

10. Maroochydore: Private Maroochy River Eco Cruise with Lunch

Experience the pristine natural beauty of the Maroochy River during a boat trip. Take in the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary and learn about local culture and history. Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch as you cruise along the river. Admire the surrounding nature from the top deck with a drink in your hand. Board the river boat at the historic Cod Hole Jetty. Take in the quaint boathouses on Bradman Avenue and admire these much-loved relics of the 1940s. Then, set sail and tuck into a morning tea of homemade hot scones, jam, and fresh whipped cream served with a tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. Listen to entertaining commentary, local poetry, and music along the way as you sail past local places of interest, including Petrie Creek and Sunshine Coast Castle. Cruise under the Bli Bli Bridge to a bygone era and discover the full story of an area of land saved for future generations. Next, disembark at the Wetlands Sanctuary, where you will have an hour to stroll to the visitor center (1.8 km in total). Take in mangrove forests and various habitats. Then, continue your cruise with the Wetlands Islands while enjoying a BBQ lunch. Relax on the top deck as you head back to port.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 21 reviews

It was a good low key cruise. Suitable for young children. It was interesting and informative. The time went fast. All in all it was a good Segway into evening and overall a great little journey.

Absolutely fantastic staff, food & experience! Would highly recommend and would do again!

Fantastic lunch cruise, vies, food and crew were amazing, will definitely book again!

Excellent lunch aboard a fun cruise with a fabulous crew ! LOVED IT 10/10

Amaizing. Something different. Great value for money.