What to do in Mooloolaba? Hop aboard our historic timber ferry canal cruise, the M.V. Mudjimba. Operating 30+ years & a must when you visit Sunshine Coast.
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 that you can experience when you visit Sunshine Coast.
Searching for what to do in Mooloolaba? 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. The Mudjimba has since transformed into a cruise vessel for when you visit Sunshine Coast.
“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. (True story 😉
There is also the locale of Mudjimba which is located near The Sunshine Coast airport. If you’re looking for a fascinating experience and What to do in Mooloolaba, jump on board.