The perfect Mooloolaba Cruise to view the Sunshine Coast from the water

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Welcome to the Mooloolaba Canal Cruise! We are a local family run business located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The Mooloolaba Canal Cruise has been operating from The Wharf Mooloolaba for over thirty years and is proudly the best and highest rated cruise company in Mooloolaba.

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1 Hour Cruise | Departs 11am, 1pm & 2.30pm

One Hour Mooloolaba Canal Cruise

Leave the land behind for a relaxing change of pace cruising through the calm waters of the Mooloolah River on Mooloolaba’s most popular canal cruise. Board your cruise from the Mooloolaba Wharf for a tranquil journey through the heart of Mooloolaba. Step onboard our 1-hour cruise and immerse yourself in our Skipper’s live commentary, ensuring you not only see the sights but also learn about the region’s rich history and significance.

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1 Hour Cruise | Departs Sunset

Mooloolaba Sunset Cruise

Cruise the Mooloolaba waterways aboard the MV Mudjimba as the sun gracefully dips behind the majestic Blackall Mountain Range to the west of Mooloolaba. The cruise begins at The Wharf Mooloolaba moving towards beautiful Mooloolah Island. Along the way our Skipper regales guests with entertaining commentary, while the glass-fronted waterfront properties reflect the setting sun, creating a mesmerising spectacle.

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1 Hour Cruise Followed by Lunch

Canal Cruise &
Seafood Dining

Step onboard for our tranquil one-hour Mooloolaba Canal Cruise along our stunning waterways, and disembark to a delicious seafood dining experience at Prawn Star.

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1 Hour Cruise Followed by Lunch

Canal Cruise &
Delicious Lunch

Embark on our one-hour canal cruise followed by a relaxed lunch and a complimentary drink at popular waterfront restaurant, The Dock.

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1 Hour Cruise Followed by Crepes

Canal Cruise &
Mouthwatering Crêpes

Relax and take in the serenity of the tranquil river and canals, on our exclusive one-hour Mooloolaba Canal Cruise, followed by a delightful lunch or dinner at Flo’s Creperie!

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Upcoming Events

Looking for fun events on the Sunshine Coast? Check out our Monthly Events Calendar!

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Private Charters

Celebrate on the water and book your next event on our beautifully refurbished M.V. Mudjimba. Her nautical-themed carpet, upholstery and iconic navy blue and white paint job make our vessel a highly photogenic event space. Whether you are planning a birthday bash, corporate affair, wedding ceremony, or family celebration, our private river cruise charters can be tailored to make your event one to remember.

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Group Bookings

The team at Mooloolaba Canal Cruise caters to all your group event needs. Accommodating up to 35 guests our famous 1 hour Canal Cruise and Cruise and Lunch packages are an enjoyable and affordable option for large group bookings. We specialise in curating memorable experiences for bus tour operators and community groups and clubs such as Rotary, Probus, RSL, Veterans and Social clubs.

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BBQ Pontoon Boat Hire

If it’s boating, fishing or a relaxing trip on the Mooloolaba Canals you are looking for, Mooloolaba Boat Hire will make sure you have a perfect Sunshine Coast holiday. Pack a picnic or enjoy a barbecue, go swimming and fishing and have fun in the sun onboard our BBQ Pontoon Boat.

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Mooloolaba Christmas Lights Cruise

Sit back and relax as the beautiful M.V. Mudjimba gently cruises you through the Mooloolah River and Canals, whilst you view the beautiful waterfront homes, decorated from top to bottom with their amazing Christmas Light displays.

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About Us

Built in 1963 of oak planking and bunya pine, and originally called the ‘John McMaster’, our vessel the M.V. Mudjimba is a historic timber boat that began her working life as a Brisbane Cross River Ferry, operating from the suburb of Hamilton to the Apollo Street wharf in Bulimba. Her name is inspired by the nearby Mudjimba Island, located just off the Sunshine Coast near Marcoola. For Indigenous locals, Mudjimba Island is also known as ‘Old Woman Island’, relating to two First Nation Dreamtime stories about the Island and its creation.

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Testimonials

The best cruise ever! Very informative and enjoyable. The drinks were superb and we saw amazing properties. The boat is comfortable and having been recently refurbished looks amazing! Highly recommend this trip!

– Anne A

We spent a weekend at Mooloolaba for my daughter’s birthday and the canal cruise was a highlight of our trip to the Sunshine Coast. The skipper was friendly, professional, courteous and definitely a historian of the locality. We will definitely be doing it again. This is one of the MUST do experience in Mooloolaba.

– Mo. D

If you are coming to Mooloolaba on a holiday, or even if you live here and want to get to see all the waterways this beautiful region has to offer, this is the company to go with. What makes this experience so enjoyable is the nostalgia of being aboard the historic timber ferry, the M.V. Mudjimba, and the skippers informative knowledge of the Mooloolaba canals. They are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, who provide an amazing service making this a very memorable excursion..highly recommend this.

– Wavell B

Thank you for a lovely afternoon cruise along the Mooloolaba canals, our family really enjoyed it. Well priced and we also learned a bit more about this wonderful area we call home. Highly recommend Mooloolaba Canal Cruises. Great for all ages. Kids got to have a drive and ring the bell – very happy!

– Amanda B

We loved the Mooloolaba Canal Cruise, perfect for the kids, sunset was beautiful, drink and nibbles were available on board, and the crew were so friendly and accommodating. My 5 year old especially thought it was the coolest thing to “drive” the boat. Would highly recommend.

– Rhiannon W

Mooloolaba Canal cruise is surely a must do in Sunshine Coast. It was a very great experience! From the very accommodating skipper to the lovely Venice like cruising, the background music makes it more romantic and relaxing. The whole experience of sunset was amazing, it was calm and peaceful,we enjoyed it so much😊

– Archie C

Highly recommend. From the amazing admin support through the booking process to the host and captain of the vessel – the service provided was above and beyond.
We booked for a private charter for a party and it was so much fun. The cruise around the canals itself was beautiful. Thank you

– Holley R

I had an enchanting morning on the Canal Cruise Mooloolaba today. The experience was incredibly beautiful, and the tour was both informative and captivating. The staff were exceptionally friendly, kind, and helpful, providing us with valuable insights about the area and the stunning houses along the canals. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would wholeheartedly recommend it with a 10/10 rating!

– Maryam A

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FAQs

That’s easy! We have live online availability for all our tours, you can book securely online and we will email you a confirmation for your booking. You don’t need to print your ticket to bring with you (save the paper!) we will have an electronic record of your booking.

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This is not advisable as your booking will not be secured. We recommend you book online in advance.

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The boat leaves from “The Wharf Mooloolaba”. The exact address is 123 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba. The main adjacent building to the Wharf is the Sealife Aquarium.

If you head through the buildings towards the water, you will see our boat “The M.V.Mudjimba.

Your Skipper will head up to the central area from 15 minutes before your cruise to check you in and escort you onboard. We ALWAYS try to contact guests who do not arrive by the time the cruise is about to depart.

We operate our cruises 7 days a week! 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm and a sunset cruise!

There may be times that we don’t operate due to low numbers or unsafe weather conditions. These closures will be reflected in the live availability on our website or you can call us on 0411 368 248.

Yes! Our vessel features a fully licensed bar offering an affordable range of locally sourced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Yes, there is a small toilet which you are most welcome to use, but we ask that you use the land facilities if possible, prior to boarding.