Just cruise along listening to a song…

This is a magic way to spend a couple of hours on the water. The Salt Water Eco Tours crew will take care of you every step of the way and share stories and music from the time of the dreaming. Sip on a cocktail with a bush twist, take some local bush tucker and just listen to the wind whistle past you. These short cruises leave from Marloolaba and take just a few hours so you have plenty of time to take your holi-day at a nice slow pace.

Operating on the peaceful waterways of the Mooloolah River this company is the first of its kind, combining culture, maritime history, native foods and incredible live music experiences.

So why Salt Water Eco Tours?

Launched in early 2020, Saltwater Eco Tours realises the vision of Simon Thornalley, a young Indigenous man of Torres Strait Island descent who was born on the Sunshine Coast and introduced to his sailing lifestyle by his parents who were world class sailors and environmentalists themselves. That vision was to establish a unique tourism experience that would inspire a deeper connection to Indigenous culture and the ocean. Simon turned that vision into reality by offering unique marine experiences on board a beautifully restored 113-year old timber sailing vessel “Spray of the Coral Coast”. 

Bushtucke Cruise

Bushtucker Cruise $75 pP

A relaxed yet informative dining experience with delicious native foods, fresh produce and unique cocktails.

  • 2hr cruise trough Mooloolaba canals
  • 5 courses of canapes
  • 1 glass of champagne, beer or non-alcoholic beverage
  • Licensed bar with beer, wine, spirits and signature cocktails
  • Informed, local commentary

Departure: Tue-Fr & Sun

Duration: 11.30 am – 1.30 pm

Location: Departing from The Wharf, Mooloolaba.


River Cruise

A peaceful 1-hour cruise aboard heritage-listed vessel Spray of the Coral Coast.

  • 1- hour cruise through Mooloolaba canals
  • Family friendly
  • Access to licensed bar
  • BYO food option

Departure: Thursday – Saturday

Duration: 9am – 10am

Location: Departing from The Wharf, Mooloolaba.

Sunset Tour

Sunset Tour & Live Music

Unwind with your friends and family on the ultimate Sunshine Coast Sunset Tour with live acoustic music!

With an ever-changing line up of local and touring musicians, you’ll have an unforgettable time as we soak up the last few hours of sunshine, sip on a locally sourced beverage and listen to the sweet sounds of live music. 

  • 2 – hour cruise through Mooloolaba canals
  • Individual Grazing Box
  • Glass of champagne or beer
  • Licensed bar with local beers, wine, spirits, and signature native-infused cocktails
  • live acoustic music

Departure: Fr, Sat & Sun

Duration: 3.30pm – 5.30 pm (May – August) / 4pm – 6 pm (September – April)

Locations: Departing from The Wharf, Mooloolaba

Cultural Tour

Saltwater Cultural Tour

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable cultural experience through storytelling and entertainment, as you enjoy a range of bush-tucker inspired canapes served with a refreshing beer, sparkling champagne or our signature Lemon Myrtle cocktail. All while you are slipping through the Mooloolaba canals aboard heritage-listed Spray of the Coral Coast.

  • 2 hr cruise through Mooloolaba canals led by Traditional Owner
  • Interactive, informative and educational
  • Variety of canapes
  • Glass of champagne, beer, or non-alcoholic drink
  • Licenced bar with beers, local spirits and delicious cocktails

Departures: Saturdays (Private Charters available Monday – Friday on request)

Duration: 11.30am – 1.30pm

Location: Departing from The Wharf, Mooloolaba.

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