The 3 Hour Private River & Canals Cruise.

Looking for a 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 45 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 45 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 just 45 passengers on such a large vessel, you are assured 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 level between those two. Maybe a BBQ on the water is a fun and delicious option. Talk to our helpful staff to get the best option for you day out!

Key Details:

Please note – Although priced per person, this is a BOAT HIRE option only.

Minimum passenger numbers based on 23 people.

Maximum 45 passengers. No “individual” bookings are possible.

Corkage fee for BYO alcohol is included in the total cost already.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION The Coast Guard Pontoon, 65 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia
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. Bring your swimmers just in case! And don’t forget your CAMERA! Alcohol is on a BYO basis.
Professional crew. Marine Wildlife
Light Refreshments. Rail side position guarantee
Alcohol (BYO OK – NO Corkage fee on this option)
*Compared to Ocean going charters which allow up to 23 passengers. These cruises are conducted in protected waters only, catering  for up to 45 passengers.

Additional information

Per Person based Boat BookingPrice varies depending on passenger numbers. A Minimum of 23 passengers and a Maximum of 45 Passengers can be accommodated on this tour. No BYO surcharge per person is applicable on this tour. Additional costs for such areas as food and or drinks is not included.

Please note that no funds will be deducted until we have been able to also confirm the availability of the requested charter. This because 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 “Coast Guard & Boat Ramp” Pontoon (located between the 2 boat ramps),
65 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld.

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

For a GPS use 65 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld. This is the Coast Guard address, from where you will immediately see the large pontoon from which we operate.

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.



 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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