Our Family focused early New Years Eve Cruise.

Even without the fireworks this year, it’s the best way to usher in a long awaited 2021!

Yes, This year’s (2020) Fireworks have indeed unfortunately been cancelled by Sunshine Coast Council due to the potential impact of  crowds along the shore and the Covid-19 pandemic rules and regulations. Information on this page/cruise may still refer to the fireworks but this is obviously in 2020 not a component of this cruise.

Who Cares about fireworks! We are still running our 8:30PM family focused early New Years Eve Cruise to celebrate leaving 2020 behind us in style! So if mightnight is too late because of the little one(s) in your family, this is the best option to still celebrate with your entire family regardless of age!

Don’t get caught up, with your family in tow, fighting your way through the huge crowds on the beach and foreshore to see the fireworks (usually only to have your kids complain they can’t see because there are too many people in front of them blocking their view!). There is simply no better, more memorable way to watch the early 8.30PM fireworks and celebrate the ushering in of a new year than from a spacious, uncrowded large boat doing our family focused early New Years Eve Cruise! You and your loved ones deserve that feeling of luxury and exclusiveness after the hard work of the past year!

Watch the early Mooloolaba fireworks from a vantage point that will not only ensure your whole family gets a great view, but will more than likely also make you the absolute envy everyone standing ashore!


Even better still, you can enjoy a drink (and some food) with your family without any of the effort those people have to make!

Yes, we want you all to feel that VIP feeling! Enjoy yourself on this early New Years Eve Cruise with a wide range of drinks, including soft drinks of course, all served by a team that only has your enjoyment in mind!




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!



This Family focused early New Years Eve Cruise does fill fast so please avoid missing out by booking early!

We 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.


What to expect;

This cruise is designed for and squarely aimed at families with young children. This New Years Eve Cruise finishes at approximately  9:00PM so it does not include the midnight fireworks, just those at 8:30PM. If it’s the Midnight fireworks celebrations you are after, which is 18yrs and over only you need to book the Midnight New Years Eve Cruise which you can find by clicking HERE.

This is our Family Focused New Years Eve Cruise, watching the Sunshine Coast 8.30PM fireworks. This early fireworks spectacular has been especially put together by the Sunshine Coast Council with the younger children in mind! So now you can bring the whole family with you to enjoy this once a year only special event! And what better, more memorable way could there be than to watch the fireworks from our spacious, uncrowded and very comfortable boat?! Even better, it stops you having to fight your way through the huge crowds on the beach and foreshore to try and get some sort of view of the fireworks!

Instead of that, come watch the 8.30PM Sunshine Coast fireworks from a vantage point that is the envy everyone ashore. All while enjoying some drinks (and food) with friends and family.

This cruise is scheduled to depart at 7:15PM, so we strongly recommend you arrive between 6:45PM and 7PM, to ensure a smooth and easy boarding process. Don’t worry if you arrive a little earlier. Our waiting area is very comfortable. Once we have our checks, and done a final cleanup (covid) we will be ready to begin boarding your cruise.

There is plenty of seating for everyone, and as the evening progresses you will no doubt be enjoying yourself on both decks! There are railside seats, table side seats, rear bar seating with stools and lounges, and even bean bag seating on the bow. Once everyone is aboard, the crew will run through a quick safety briefing, and we will be underway! Once underway the Portside Bar will open (Yes, that’s the name of our bar) and you will be able to place an order from our wide selection of offerings. We do change and update the range of drinks on offer on a regular basis to ensure the most popular drinks are available as best we can. Feel free to contact us before your cruise to get the most up to date drinks list sent to you! There are plenty of soft drinks for the kids too of course!

From there it’s fun with drinks food and music as we count down to the 8:30PM fireworks! The Sunshine Coast Council puts on these magnificent fireworks from the rockwall along the harbour entrance to Mooloolaba. Your skipper will ensure we secure a premium location to make sure you have the very best view of this wonderful spectacle! (He will probably try to make sure the people on the shore can see you too to get that extra bit of VIP feeling!).

Once the fireworks have finished we will slowly begin to make our way back to our departure point. This often takes longer than the 30 minutes allocated as water traffic can be hectic and with a large vessel like ours we tend to let other smaller vessels make way first. When we do arrive back at the dock it’s time to disembark and make your way back home (or to another party!?). Luckily our home dock is on the outskirts of Mooloolaba so if you are needing an Uber or taxi, it’s usually not a long wait for one!

Why we think you should join us;

Well frankly, we can think of no better way to celebrate ushering in the new year than by being looked after, like royalty, on a large quality boat, taking in the sights and sounds of the new years celebrations all round! The huge range of pyrotechnic effects lights up the night sky, while from our vessel you and your family are assured the best vantage point from which to get the complete visual experience.

We do everything we can to assist you with every aspect of your cruise to ensure it is planned with the quality and fun you have in mind. All to ensure maximum enjoyment for all aboard. With awesome music playing, plenty of beer, wine and bubbles (even cocktails!), it is hard to imagine this cruise would do anything other than perfectly suit your needs.

So avoid the bustling crowds on the foreshores and join us to take in the sights of the beautiful Mooloolaba Harbour aboard our spacious vessel Crusader 1. We look forward to having you onboard and celebrating the New Year in style. The Sunshine Coast way! It’s simply the perfect way to wrap up the year!

What you absolutely need to know:

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Bridge Seafoods (restaurant), 209 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia (This is the service road along Brisbane Road)
DEPARTURE/RETURN TIMES The departure time is 7.15PM. Please arrive 20 minutes prior for smooth checkins.

Return time can vary based on the duration of the 8.30PM fireworks. Usually between 9PM and 9.15PM.


SMOKING Crusader 1 is a NON-SMOKING vessel.

As such no smoking is permitted whilst aboard.

WHAT TO WEAR & BRING Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes and a party mood!  And don’t forget your CAMERA! No Large Eskis please. Just large large enough to bring any food you may have.
Fireworks, with the best viewing location from the River. Self serve Iced Water
BYO Food. Drinks available from the onboard fully licenced bar.
Food (BYO OK)
No BYO Alcohol, Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea are permitted. (All are available from our onboard Bar.)

An ideal family focused new years eve celebration! Let us assist you to ensure every aspect of your cruise is planned with quality in mind to ensure maximum enjoyment.

Children up to 12 years of age will be charged at $30.00 only!



 Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes PRIOR to your noted departure time. We would hate for the cruise to depart too late to enjoy the first fireworks of the evening! Depending on the departure time you may need to ensure you have enough time to find a car park, as it can get a bit hectic on New Years Eve in town!!
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. Especially if you have eskies and bags of supplies you wish to bring aboard!


Once securely and safely moored, the crew will ask you to board the vessel. Make your way up towards the cabin, placing any small bags in the locker seat that will be open and waiting. There will be plenty of time to lay out food and other things for the evening once we are underway.


We are 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, have a look about the boat to get comfortable.

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.

Searching for the best viewing spot

This is where the skipper might take a little extra time to really get the boat in a great (and safe) spot from which you can get the best possible view of the fireworks. A great time to set out the food etc you might have brought with you on the centre deck table. The deck crew will be more than happy to assist you with this until they are needed for anchoring.

First fireworks!

The first of what will be 2 great fireworks displays on the night. Scheduled for 9PM (for the kids they say) its a great way to kick off the evening!

Party time

Once the first fireworks have finished you will see a lot of activity on the water with other vessels leaving etc. If the skipper thinks he needs to get to a different spot for the midnight display he will probably move once a bit of room has been made by the other boats. (Wind shifts, tides etc all play a part in this). For you this is the time to party, cook a BBQ (if you want to do so), and generally enjoy yourselves.

The real fireworks!

The year has come to an end. These are the fireworks that celebrate the start of a new year full of hope and promise! And you now have a first class position to watch and enjoy them with the people you want to share that with! This is the culmination of the evening, and of course it also signals that the evening is drawing to a close for all.


Heading back

All good things must come to an end. We try to keep the return trip as short as possible to give us as much time for fun as possible. On average the return trip takes about 15 minutes all up. Just enough time to get anything packed that you want to take back with you. Everything else will be placed in the rubbish bins after you have departed the vessel.

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 back on the pontoon the crew will assist you to disembark the vessel.

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.

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