We went on a Sunset Cruise with Darren Smith and his team from Coastal Cruises recently. The company vessel, the Pacific Star, can carry up to 30 people. On our cruise there were only 15 passengers so we spread out a bit! The one and a half hour cruise with entertaining commentary by Darren took us around the harbour, along the Mooloolah River out to the river mouth (where we saw dolphins) and then into some of the canals. We passed the moored prawn boats and fishing boats in the harbour and were able to have a close look at some of the yachts moored in the river mouth area and the canal area. The fully licensed bar on board featured a comprehensive list of cocktails, wines and beers. We chose to purchase dinner from the onboard menu. Our selection was relayed to Mooloolah River Fisheries and on the return from the River mouth we stopped and Darren raced off to the Mooloolah River Fisheries take away to pick up the ordered meals. Cloud obscured the sunset but it was a lovely calm evening and we saw parts of Mooloolaba we’d not seen before. We felt it was good value at $25 for the cruise and then paying for drinks and dinner. Menu choices ranged from plain hot chips through to battered fish and chips and seafood platters for two. There is also a lunch cruise available.
While out on the cruise we were able to see the osprey nest down on the Spit at a different angle from usual. We had noticed a couple of weeks ago that the osprey were back in residence and were working at tidying up the nest. They are always fascinating to watch as they hunt around the marina, river and rock pools. We also saw lots of pelicans swimming around the boat ramps on both sides of the river. We love these guys, especially as they glide and hover on the air currents. It is a treat to watch them head off towards the Maroochy River mouth each evening.