A few key points to consider before we head off on the day.

Remember, any time you are out on the water the weather can change quickly! We recommend that regardless of the weather forecast you always bring a rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Wear comfortable shoes. Its not fun walking in those beautiful high heels on a moving boat deck! Regardless of how good the shoes look, you run the risk of looking less than steady on your feet! Think and plan ahead and give us the best chance to make sure we can do our thing to make sure you enjoy your time with us to the max!

Exclusive Private Charter Hire – Mooloolaba

Make you next function or celebration on board Crusader 1 as a private function.  We are all about tailoring your cruise to suit your desired outcome.  We can offer BYO food and drinks or suggest catering options.

If you’d like to throw a “shrimp” or “snag” on the barbie, that too is an option you might want to consider.  Seafood or grazing platters, we can offer for you to enjoy what appeals to you and your guests.

Be welcomed aboard by our friendly crew who are there to look after you while you take in the views of the Mooloolaba Bay, coastline, rivers and canals.

Crusader 1 is a large (55 ft) open deck vessel so you can immerse yourself in the outdoors but if need be, we can close her off with clears.

Head up the front on her bow and relax on bean bags, or enjoy a range of different seating on the deck.

Sit back, enjoy your family and friends and we take care of the details.

All our cruise packages can be found on our website – www.sunshinecoastafloat.com.au




Family Fun on the water

The water temperature is heating up already on the coast so we should be starting to see some good variety of fish coming through in November.

We headed out yesterday on a little “Half Day,”  5 Hour fishing trip.

Decided to cancel Saturdays trips as the forecast and actual were up around 25-30 knots.  The general consensus was that our guests wanted to leave at 11.00 am and be back at 4.00 pm.  Usually not a great time of the day for fishing but this trip is more about being out on the water, enjoying throwing in a line and just having some fun.

Turned out to be lots of activity – hooked onto over 50 fishing in that time, not a lot of keepers but we were on the spot and it’s all about hooking on, learning and fun.

Sarah booked her parents on for this trip as a gift.  They had a Bacon & Egg Burger freshly made and ready for them when they arrived and a coffee to wash it down with.  This was devoured while we were waiting for other guests to arrive.

They took home a couple of good sized fish for dinner and looked like they thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Conditions were magnificent – blue skies, a light breeze, no swell – ideal.

Spanner Crabbing is closed now until late December so it’s all about the fishing and fun till then.

If you are after a few hours on the water with lots of laughs, check out our 5 hour fishing charter



Private Christmas Party Boat Hire

Looking to celebrate the end of year?  How does a “Private boat cruise” vessel for the day or evening sound?

Our Skipper and Crew are on hand to help make your cruise as enjoyable as possible.

Once you decide to book, tell us “what floats your boat” and we will do our best to make it happen.

We are about making it as fuss-free as possible.

We offer relaxed sunset cruises with seafood or grazing platters or you might prefer a bit more up beat evening cruise with drinks and dancing.

Lunch and day cruises are also available – this might include a swim or playing around on some floats in the water.

What one of our recent guests had to say about their recent cruise.

Christine to Sunshine Coast Afloat

Massive SHOUTOUT to Paddy, Nick and Jesse from Sunshine Coast Afloat for the most stress free event I have organised yet for my Social Group… Paddy looked after me with all the booking details and Nick and Jesse kept us safe and well entertained on the water. We will definitely be booking again 💓

If you would like to know more – Call Paddy on 0412 155 814 or head over to our Cruises page on our website – www.sunshinecoastafloat.com.au



Mooloolaba’s Christmas Light Cruises

Christmas light canal cruises have been a tradition for Mooloolaba for years now.  Throughout December, we offer a 1.5 hour evening river and canal cruise to view the Christmas lights, displays and decorations of homes and boats along the canals in this festive season.

These popular, family-orientated cruises are an ideal way to enjoy the evenings with family and friends on board Crusader 1.

Join in the Christmas cheer, dress up, sing along to carols and admire all the wonderful effort people have gone to decorating their houses and pontoons.

This light spectacular of the Mooloolaba, Minyama & Buddina canals is something not to miss

If you would like to check out our availability, head over to Sunshine Coast Afloat


The count down is on till the end of year and the “Silly Season” is not far away.

Looking for a “wind-down”, “some fun”, “chill time” or simply any excuse to P-A-R-T-Y?

Cruises for all occasions

We can help.  We structure our cruises around your needs and how many people you are catering for.

  • Have the boat to yourselves
  • Have a crew member look after your needs
  • Enjoy a few drinks
  • Throw on a BBQ
  • Have a swim
  • Bring your own music
  • Decorate the boat
  • BYO to fully catered – your choice
  • Drop off your stuff and we’ll chill it and clean up for you

How does it get any better than that?

Something that sounds interesting?  Saturdays are filling up fast – only two left till the end of the year.


Christmas Lights Canal Cruises

We are also going to offer Sunset Christmas Lights Canal Cruises this year.  This is a fabulous way to spend an evening.  bring the children out, listen to some Christmas Cheer and enjoy seeing all the light displays in the Mooloolaba Canals.

Paddy is always happy to assist but you can also check out options available on our website – www.sunshinecoastafloat.com.au

Crusader 1 can now offer a wider range of options for your cruises!

Coastline & Canal Cruises –  Head out into the Bay, up the coastline and into the Mooloolaba canals.  We take a maximum of 23 passengers on these trips.  Why not expand on this and maybe have a swim, or even put on a BBQ.  Make it a great fun time on the water.

River & Canal Cruises –  Cruise the still waters of the Mooloolah River and canals.  A maximum of 45 passengers on these trips.  Ideal for finger food and drinks.

Christmas Lights Cruises –  Both Crusader 1 and Hela-Va Jet will be doing Christmas Light crises throughout December this year.  The decorations are going up already so we are hoping everyone gets involved in the Christmas spirit.

We are not licensed so alcohol is on a BYO basis.

Food options are available – from BYO, we can cater for you or you have it catered yourself.

We try and adapt our cruises to suit your occasion.  Bring your own music and you can even decorate Crusader 1.

Head over to our Website to check out all the options now available or phone Paddy on – 0412 155 814 to have a chat.

Until next season!

Our #whale watching season has come to an end, and we have waved goodbye to the Whales for another season!

We would like thank everyone who has joined us on our tours this year, and hope it was a highlight for you.

As you know, we only operate in “Peak” season so we are cutting it off now and are grateful for all the wonderful experiences we have been able to share with our guests.  We had received the most wonderful testimonials and recommendations so hopefully we can have you back on board next year.

A big “Thank You” to all our passengers, our hard working crew and of course the thousands of whales who called past Crusader 1 to say hello or goodbye.

Wanting one last look at one of our trips: – https://youtu.be/2sccJdZR-88

We now look forward to being able to help you celebrate the year end with corporate Cruises, Christmas Cruises, Mooloolaba Christmas Light Canal Cruises and of course the big Boat Parade held on 22nd December.   If you are interested in any of these check out our cruises on www.sunshinecoastafloat.com.au or call Paddy on 0412 155 814 to find out more.



Great to be back on the water!

It seems like it has been so long since we had been out fishing.  In fact it was over two weeks which is a long time when you rely on your weekends to survive.

After all the rain and winds, and boy, did we cop a lot in one hit!, we were hoping to see some turn around in activity with the fishing.  They say “Drought on land, drought at sea” and this was certainly starting to show that was the case.  Each trip out, it was a matter of – what can we expect today and getting grimmer each week.

We were lucky enough to have a Maxi Day – that’s a 12 Hour Deep Sea Fishing charter.  One for the keen fishermen.  So out we went, passed the Barwon Banks and beyond.  It was tough at times but by the end of the day we were throwing back Trevally.  Picked up a nice mixed bag but mainly Trevally on the day.


Sunday was a different storey.  A Full Day Charter – 9 hours, so much that much shorter than the Maxi Day but it was hard work.  Hardly any fish on board but had a few guys having a bit of a Christmas break up and they still enjoyed being out on the water, having a few beers, dropping a line in and being away from it all on land.  The BBQ lunch didn’t go astray either.  :)

If you are looking for a bit of an end of year break up – get away with the boys, give Paddy a call on 0412 155 814 and jump on board Crusader 1 for a few hours.

You can also book on line or simply check out our website – www.sunshinecoastafloat.com.au

Check out our other blogs to see what we have been up to.

EACH year, during the month of December only, the waterfront properties of Mooloolaba, Minyama, and Buddina create a wonderful Christmas lights spectacle. Competing for the prestigious prize of the best Christmas lights display, property owners along the water’s edge pull out all the stops, creating a magnificent sight which can only be truly experienced from the water.

You can now jump aboard Sunshine Coast’s Hela-Va Jet for a 90 minute cruise to enjoy the wonderful Christmas Lights decorating the waterfront properties along the Mooloolah River and canals.

Our smaller, more agile jet powered vessel lets us access the canals where larger boats cannot get. With no more than 12 passengers at any time, you will always enjoy total visibility of the lights.

This is a fun-filled trip the whole family will enjoy!

Christmas Lights Boat Parade

Be part of the Christmas Lights Boat Parade where up to 100 boats compete for the prize of Best Christmas Boat Light Display!  Sunshine Coast Afloat will be entering their Hela-Va Jet, and you can be aboard as we participate in this very exclusive parade. Only one such cruise and 12 seats a year! This trip last approximately 3 hours.

Light refreshments and non alcoholic drinks are included. Alcohol can be brought on a BYO basis, but no red wine sorry!


2018 Whale Watching Season

We are heading out on our last trip tomorrow to say goodbye to the Whales for this season.  We have had a sensational season, far exceeding our expectations and we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us in building our Whale Watching trips this year.

The fabulous reviews we have received reinforces to us that we are on the right track.  All of us here at Sunshine Coast Afloat have enjoyed being part of the Whale season this year and we are hoping to expand on our offerings next season.

Although we were not lucky enough to have seen Migaloo this year we have enjoyed spotting a number of whales with different but beautiful markings.

We have also been lucky enough to have had Humpbacks & High Rises Whale research volunteers on board this year and hoping to be able to assist next year.

Some of the highlights have been: –

  • Having so many International guests on board from countries all over the world like UK, Holland, Germany & our friendly neighbours – New Zealand.
  • Witnessing the amazing breaches, tail slapping and migration of the baby calf’s
  • We had our Dolphin friends around Crusader 1 which is always a nice thing to see
  • Having Chris on board who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Humpback Whales.  He is looking forward to seeing you all again next season.
  • The photographs we have been able to get and receive from our guests are magnificent.

It’s back to Deep Sea Fishing for while now.  Spanner Crabbing is closing from 1st November until 15th December, 2018.  The closure time has been extended this year so we are hoping to see some good sized crabs when we return.

Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us and it will be all about Christmas Parties, Christmas Light Canal Cruises and of course the Mooloolaba Boat Parade which is on Saturday 22nd December, 2018.

If you would like to know more about any of our activities, just call Paddy on 0412 155 814 or visit our website – www.sunshinecoastafloat.com.au