About Us

This highly popular canal cruise aboard the historic timber ferry, the M.V. Mudjimba, has been operating on the Sunshine Coast for 30 years.

In 1990 the vessel was taken out of service by the Brisbane City Council and sold. It was then brought to Mooloolaba where it spent many months being renovated and modified, before being reassigned later that year as a cruise vessel operating from the Mooloolaba Wharf.

Built of oak planking on the hull and bunya pine above the waterline for flexibility

She has been lovingly restored and maintained, and is the only timber ferry of its kind still in operation on the Sunshine Coast.

Our Skippers are friendly, experienced & highly knowledgeable, and provide a fascinating commentary of the local area.

Built in 1963 and originally called the ‘John McMaster’, the M.V. Mudjimba is a historic timber boat that began its working life as a Brisbane Cross River Ferry, operating from the suburb of Hamilton to the Apollo Street wharf in Bulimba.

“Mudjimba” is also the name of a nearby island which is located just off the Sunshine Coast near Marcoola. Mudjimba Island is also known to the locals as ‘Old Woman Island’.
There are two Aboriginal dreamtime stories about Mudjimba Island.
The name Mudjimba refers to an Aboriginal legend in which a woman became stranded on the island, where she lived into old age, hence the reference to “Old woman Island”.
The other story is about the creation of Mudjimba Island. There were two men: Coolum and Ninderry, who fought over a woman called Maroochy. Ninderry knocked Coolum’s head off and it landed in the sea to become Mudjimba Island.
There is also the locale of Mudjimba which is located near The Sunshine Coast airport.

Built in 1963 and originally called the ‘John McMaster’, the M.V. Mudjimba is a historic timber boat that began its working life as a Brisbane Cross River Ferry, operating from the suburb of Hamilton to the Apollo Street wharf in Bulimba.

“Mudjimba” is also the name of a nearby island which is located just off the Sunshine Coast near Marcoola. Mudjimba Island is also known to the locals as ‘Old Woman Island’.
There are two Aboriginal dreamtime stories about Mudjimba Island.
The name Mudjimba refers to an Aboriginal legend in which a woman became stranded on the island, where she lived into old age, hence the reference to “Old woman Island”.
The other story is about the creation of Mudjimba Island. There were two men: Coolum and Ninderry, who fought over a woman called Maroochy. Ninderry knocked Coolum’s head off and it landed in the sea to become Mudjimba Island.
There is also the locale of Mudjimba which is located near The Sunshine Coast airport.

Our Team

We are a small, family run business that takes immense pride in giving passengers on our still-water canal cruise an unforgettable, family-friendly and affordable experience. Our cruise is considered a “must-do” item for anyone visiting the Sunshine Coast.

Rob

Rob

Skipper/Owner

Holly

Holly

First Mate/Bookings Manager

Rob – Skipper / Owner

Rob has worked as a carpenter for over 35 years. He started skippering for charter fishing tours 10 years ago, and now is the proud owner and skipper of The M.V. Mudjimba.

Holly – First Mate / Bookings Manager

Holly is the daughter of Rob and Jo. She currently works on the boat with her dad, and helps mum with the business end of things. She hopes to get her skipper ticket next year. She is also studying photography and art.

Our Team

We are a small, family run business that takes immense pride in giving passengers on our still-water canal cruise an unforgettable, family-friendly and affordable experience. Our cruise is considered a “must-do” item for anyone visiting the Sunshine Coast.

Rob
Skipper / Owner

Rob

Rob

Skipper/Owner

Rob has worked as a carpenter for over 35 years. He started skippering for charter fishing tours 10 years ago, and now is the proud owner and skipper of The M.V. Mudjimba.

Holly
First Mate / Bookings Manager

Holly

Holly

First Mate/Bookings Manager

Holly is the daughter of Rob and Jo. She currently works on the boat with her dad, and helps mum with the business end of things. She hopes to get her skipper ticket next year. She is also studying photography and art.

Built in

Operating since

Built in 1963 and originally called the ‘John McMaster’, this photo was taken in 1988 before it became M. V. Mudjimba.

Moreton Bay Island kids catch the Brisbane Ferry to school on Russell Island 1963. Where are they now?

Office Hours

8.30am- 4.30pm

Cruise Departure Times
Daily, 11am, 1pm, & 2.30pm
except Mon & Wed

Departure Address

123 Parkyn Parade,
Mooloolaba QLD 4557