QUEENSLAND – Adventure lovers now have a new adventure experience that will take tourists by fast boat from Brisbane to Moreton Bay.
River to Bay, a A$2.1 million project developed by the Queensland Tourism Industry Development in partnership with the Queensland state government, has welcomed its first tourists.
Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said that “connecting Brisbane to the Bay is crucial to southeast’s Queensland’s growth as a tourism destination”.
“With fast boats like these, we’ll be able to ferry more tourists out to the Bay quicker than ever before. Tourists will be able to go from fine dining and city life in the city to a unique ecotourism and cultural experience in the Bay in under half-an-hour – it’s potentially a game changer,” Ms Jones added.
The state aims to attract an additional 62,000 tourists each year.
One of four boats built for River to Bay was launched in late February. Currently, visitors can opt for two full-day tours, the Straddie Safari or the Best of Moreton Bay. The boats can reach speeds of up to 45 knots (83 km/h) and carry up to 30 people.
On the Straddie Safari itinerary, visitors will spend the day exploring the beaches, learning about local history and enjoying the laidback feel of Minjerribah, said Ms Jones.
There will also be opportunities to see koalas, kangaroos, dolphins, rays and dugongs in their natural habitat.
Sailing on alternate days, the Best of Moreton Bay tour will whisk visitors from the Brisbane River to Moreton Bay, including an island-hopping experience.
Nature lovers can expect activities from snorkelling and bushwalking to discovering historic ruins, shipwrecks, deserted beaches, endangered shorebirds and native wildlife.
One more boat is expected to be ready for operations by this April, with the remaining two planned for end of the year.
River to Bay director Anthony Stanton said the flexibility of these relatively small fast tour boats allows pick up of passengers from various departure points such as the Cruise Ship Terminal at Portside, Howard Smith Wharves and other River Access Hub Pontoons.