Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours is located on the beautiful Fraser Coast region and their vessel navigates the beauty of the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park. They are the only tour operator in town to offer Indigenous experiences, either on the Turtle Discovery Tour for an active morning, the Milbi Sunset Cruise for a relaxing afternoon, and the Djinang Cultural Walking Tour for rich walk.
Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours is a family business and they believe that in order to protect the planet they must go back to their roots. This is why they’ve created this tour.
Their vessel is proudly named “Milbi” which carries the Butchulla meaning for ‘sea turtle’. It navigates protected waterways only and she is one of the largest glass bottom vessels in Australia.
Explore Round Island, Big Woody Island and/or Pelican Banks (tidal dependent). Snorkel the reef or just relax. Join in on the search for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, fish colonies and seabirds. Time will be set aside for a refreshing swim in clear waters.
Through their cultural experience, you will learn about the oldest surviving culture on Earth. Here lies an incredible opportunity to view the stunning coastal wilderness through the eyes of a local Butchulla man. Their land and sea custodians have called this beautiful land home for thousands of years and welcome you with open arms.
Service TypesCruises, Sailing and Water Tours Cultural and Theme Tours Nature and wildlife Walking and Biking Tours
ActivitiesBoating Snorkelling Swimming Walks
Disabled AssistanceCaters for challenges with learning and communication Caters for hearing impairment Caters for limited mobility Caters for people with allergies and intolerances. Wheelchair access
MembershipQueensland Tourism Industry Council Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Visitor Information Centre
AccreditationCOVID Clean Practicing Business COVID Safe ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Certified by Ecotourism Australia
Join this leisurely, fully guided eco-tour through the calm, clear waters of the Great Sandy Marine Park. You will be able to view the coral gardens from the comfort of the Milbi, one of Australia’s largest glass bottom boats.
This tour offers snorkelling equipment to enable you the ultimate experience of coming face to face with the infinite wonders of the marine park. You are likely to see fish habitat amongst the coral reef, turtles, dolphins, sea bird colonies, and possibly a reef shark or dugong.
Time is set aside to explore Round Island and enjoy a healthy lunch. They may also pay a visit to the spectacular Pelican Banks famous for its crystal clear waters or discover the magic of Big Woody Island.
Whilst it is their aim to offer you the best marine excursion possible, please note that their Turtle Discovery Eco Tour inclusions may vary slightly to optimise the most favourable weather conditions for your comfort.
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Take a walk in the footsteps of local Butchulla man.
The Djinang Tour is a unique cultural journey that connects the traditional Aboriginal culture and history of the local Butchulla people. This tour has been created to share local Aboriginal knowledge and offer an understanding and appreciation of the oldest culture in the world.
During your walk alongside your friendly Butchulla guide, you will discover many significance sites to the Butchulla people. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of this beautiful location, discover important gathering places, bush tucker and hear first hand the most beautiful story of creation for the local Butchulla people.
Tour departs Great Sandy Straits Marina on select days at 8.30am.
What to bring? – water bottle, hat, sunglasses, camera, comfortable footwear.
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Discover the local Aboriginal ways in the friendly and relaxed company of your Butchulla guide on the Milbi Sunset.
Cruise the spectacular Great Sandy Straits aboard the Milbi while enjoying fresh local king prawns, canapes, and a glass of champagne. The iconic Urangan Pier is the backdrop for your alluring sunset cruise.
Hear the legendary tales of the Butchulla people of K’Gari (Fraser Island) and surrounds. Discover the Butchulla names and meanings of significant local landmarks, before stepping ashore on Weenandan (Round Island).
As the sun sinks beneath the horizon, take a walk in the footsteps of the Butchulla people. Experience the unique coastal lifestyle, uncover the traditional fishing methods and food gathering techniques, whilst listening to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo.
Viewing the marine life and coral reef through the Milbi’s beautifully lit moon pool is an incredible experience and one not to be missed.
Gently cruise back to the harbour under the canopy of the stars, and relax with the easy listening music.
Departs Fridays from Berth 5 Great Sandy Straits Marina at 4.30pm durning Winter and 5pm during Summer.
Duration 1.5 hours.
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