The 2 Hour River & Canals Cruise.

If you are looking for a fun, rather unique and really enjoyable way to entertain a group of friends (and family?)  there is simply no better, more memorable way to do this than aboard  a spacious, uncrowded large boat doing a private 2 hour river and canal cruise!  You know that you deserve that feeling of luxury and exclusiveness! And your guests will revel in that too!

See the luxury Sunshine Coast waterfront homes from the aspect they tend to be designed to be admired. Enjoy the fact that you and your guests are doing so from a vantage point that will make you the absolute envy everyone standing ashore!


Girls enjoying their cruise aboard Crusader 1

Even better, you will be enjoying a drink and food with selected friends and family without any of the effort needed on your part!

Yes, we want you to feel that VIP feeling! Enjoy yourself on your 2 hour river and canal Cruise with a wide range of drinks, INCLUDING COCKTAILS, served by a team that only has your enjoyment in mind! You can have your event specially organised with styling, catering and staff to serve your guests, or perhaps you want it more casual. We can help make it perfect for you!


Everyone at Sunshine Coast Afloat prides themself on being extremely dedicated and  responsible to our guests. On all cruises, including the wildly popular New Year’s Eve cruises, we limit vessel capacity to to the best suited numbers to ensure that you have a safe, comfortable and memorable experience.

No doubt this is why we have, for the last 9 years won the top Tripadvisor awards each year!



2 hour river and canal cruises on weekends do tend to fill fast so please avoid missing out by booking early!

We really look forward to seeing you aboard soon!


COVID Safe Cruising – for detailed information on how we’ve adjusted our tour to be COVID Safe as well as for our fully updated terms click here.

Please note that other impacts such as phone and agent bookings, weather and other unforeseen things could impact on the availability at the same time as you are requesting the charter online. Our Terms and conditions are available on this webpage ( Click here to view them now ) and will also be emailed to you as part of the booking confirmation.

The “BRIDGE SEAFOOD ” Pontoon (located at the rear of the restaurant),
209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld.

For a GPS use “Bridge Seafoods” or “209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld”.    In iPhone Maps “Bridge Seafoods” is far more accurate.

Please DO NOT park your car here on the service Road, but rather in the FREE public car-park next to the BP service station across the road. 

The location is the corner of Incana Court and Brisbane Road. This parking is free and unlimited in time, and only a 2 minute stroll (100m) from the departure point.

Once parked please wait near the top of the ramp until instructed by the skipper that it is safe to come down the ramp and board the vessel.


The “Coast Guard & Boat Ramp” Pontoon (located between the 2 boat ramps),
51 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld.

(Click on the RED 
icon on the above map for more information)

We depart from the “Coast Guard & Boat Ramp” Pontoon. (Pontoon is located between the 2 boat ramps).

For a GPS use 51 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld. These are the units across the road from the ramp.

Please DO NOT park your car in the Boat trailer areas here but rather find a park along Parkyn Parade where parking is free and unlimited in time. Cars parked incorrectly in the Boat ramp car park are likely to be towed.

Once parked please wait at the top of the ramp to the pontoon until instructed by the crew that it is safe to come down the ramp and board the vessel.

Departure location for Sunshine Coast Afloat (includes Fish n Crab Charters and Coastline Cruises).

The 2 Hour Private River & Canals Cruise.

Looking for a short, gentle and fun Cruise around lovely Mooloolaba for an event or party you want to remember and talk about for a long time? Crusader 1 can now cater for up to 47 guests!*

Crusader 1 is a large, open deck vessel which allows full walk around access. Even to the bow of the boat where you sit in the open and enjoy the surrounds. Able to accommodate up to 47 passengers this is an ideal option for larger corporate outings, Christmas parties and other celebrations! Let us assist you in ensuring every aspect of your cruise is planned with quality and maximum enjoyment in mind.

Welcome Aboard Crusader 1

First class, highly qualified and experienced crew, trained to provide the highest possible levels of service will look after you like never before. From the moment you step aboard, they will ensure you have nothing more to do than to enjoy yourself.

With at the most 47 passengers on such a large vessel, you are assured that the space and room to move about for everybody remains at an optimal level, ensuring everyone aboard can enjoy total visibility and comfort. With undoubtedly the most up-close and close-to-the-water viewing decks of any vessel on the Sunshine Coast, this tour offers a very personal day out on the water with unobstructed views of the beautiful Mooloolaba waterways and surrounds.

Crusader 1 is the ideal boat for your cruise needs!

We can structure this cruise to suit your needs, from total BYO to fully catered and most levels between those two. Maybe a BBQ on the water is a fun and delicious option. Or perhaps adding a cocktail option is more to your liking! We can add on a cocktail machine with a range of cocktails to choose from! Being fully licenced now gives you an even wider range of options to choose from!

Cocktails are a great addition to any event!

Just talk to our helpful staff to get the best option for you day out!

COVID Safe Cruising – for detailed information on how we’ve adjusted our tour to be COVID Safe and for updated terms click here.

Key Details:

Departure times shown can be adjusted to suit (if other bookings on the day allow), please call to ask.

Please note – Although priced per person, this is a Private Charter booking option only.  A Private Charter booking means you have the entire boat to yourselves.

The Minimum passenger numbers price will be based on 23 people.   The Maximum is 47 passengers.

No “individual” bookings are possible.

BYO drinks is unfortunately NOT AVAILABLE,

All drinks are to be purchased aboard using our fully licensed bar. We can forward you a drinks menu to plan ahead.

If “Staging” of the vessel is required prior to the cruise, please call to ensure time for this is allowed. A staging time fee is applicable if more than 15 minutes is required.

In relation to any food, you will be required to be “fully self-sufficient”. This includes bringing with you ALL plates, cutlery, serviettes etc. Where possible we request to minimise the use of plastic as it is simply not environmentally friendly, Paper or reusable items are by far preferred if at all possible.

Depending on passenger number and the type of booking, 2 or 3 crew will be included in this cruise.

The alternative pick up and drop off point on Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba can also be arranged if required. Please call to arrange well in advance.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Bridge Seafoods (restaurant), 209 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia (This is the service road along Brisbane Road)
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure.
RETURN TIME Varies based on departure time.
WEAR Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes, hat and sunglasses. And don’t forget your CAMERA!
Professional crew.
Iced Water (self serve)
Meals, Food, (BYO or Catered)
Drinks (Purchase aboard at bar)
Ocean going charters allow up to 22 passengers. These River and canal cruises are conducted in protected waters only, enabling us to cater  for up to 47 passengers.


 Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes PRIOR to your noted departure time. The vessels will depart on time should you be late and we have note heard from you!
  • Ensure you have enough time to find a car park if needed.
  • Please do not wait on the pontoon itself as the crew will be mooring the vessel on its arrival and we safety is paramount for all.


Once securely and safely moored, the crew will ask you to board the vessel. Make your way up towards the cabin, placing any bags in the locker seat that will be open and waiting.


We are most likely heading out to sea so each and every person aboard must sign in on the ship register, and marked off by the crew. To this end see the skipper (at the cabin window) and he will indicate the passenger log for you to complete.


Once the paperwork has been done for you, make yourself comfoirtable and have a look about the boat.

Safety First

As required by maritime legislation, the crew will have to do a safety briefing before we hit the open ocean. Much like on a plane any time you fly, we do need your attention for the couple of minutes it takes. We all hope and expect the information we are providing never to be needed, but its always best to be forewarned and prepared.

Pushing off

One of the few times we need you to be seated, out of the way of lines and other items. Just until the crew have cleared them away and the skipper is heading forward.

Crossing the Bar

Recognised in maritime as one of the potentially more dangerous things that happens aboard a vessel, this is the 2nd time the crew will ask everyone to be seated. Once through (It only takes a minute or 2) the ocean conditions will take effect.

On beautiful Mooloolaba Bay

On a 3Hr cruise the open ocean part is normally about 60 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on the time of day and the conditions. The skipper will try to make sure you get the best views of both the coast line and the main canals during your cruise.

The River and canals of Mooloolaba

The houses along the river and canals are truely impressive. Especially at night. A gentle cruise to show some of the sights is normally well received.

Back home

Of course as we re-enter the bar, and during the mooring of the vessel, the crew will ask all passengers to be seated again for safety. Once moored securely you are free to disembark the vessel. 
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