Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours
Things To Do Urangan, Fraser Coast, Queensland
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 a rich walk.
Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours is a local family-owned business, and they believe that to protect the planet, they must return to their roots. This is why they’ve created these tours.
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 (tide dependent). Snorkel the reef, weather permitting or just relax. Join 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. This is 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.
The Milbi, our glass bottom boat, navigates through the beauty of the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park. It will take you to an island where you will be received by a warm Welcome to Country from our Butchulla guide.
As we travel through the Straits, join the search for fish habitat amongst the coral reef, turtles, dolphins, sea bird colonies, and possibly a reef shark or dugong. Mother Nature will lead the way.
Time is spent on the island, where you can swim or snorkel in crystal clear waters, play beach cricket or relax on the sandy beaches. Immerse yourself in the Butchulla culture with our local Indigenous guide. As we only carry small numbers, your personalised Aboriginal experience is shared in a relaxed and friendly manner.
While it is our aim to offer the best marine experience possible, inclusions may vary to suit the most favourable weather for your comfort. The conditions determine Reef snorkelling on the day. If snorkelling the reef is not possible, a beach snorkel will be available.
Pram and Wheelchair Friendly. Dietary requirements catered for. Please mention when you book.
Disabled AccessCarpark Family Friendly
From $35 to $55
Are you looking for the perfect way to include indigenous tourism into your trip to Hervey Bay?
We’ve got you covered with our easy and unique 90-minute walking tour. Be transported into the world of the Butchulla as you are “marked” with the white ochre that gives you passage to walk through country.
Leave the cares of the world behind as you visit significant sites, discover important gathering places, try bush tucker, and maybe have a chance to get creative using natural materials.
The most memorable and special moment is hearing firsthand the most beautiful story of creation from your local Butchulla guide.
Walking alongside our friendly Butchulla guide, you’ll discover Hervey Bay in a unique, unforgettable way.
Your guide will show you important gathering places for the Butchulla people, let you try bush tucker, teach you about traditional medicines, show you how to create art or make a fire from materials found along the way, and hear first-hand the most beautiful Dreamtime stories of this area and more! We promise this is a meaningful and fun tour to do in Hervey Bay.
What to bring? – water bottle, hat, sunglasses, camera, comfortable footwear.
Moderate fitness is required.
Disabled AccessCarpark Family Friendly Pet Friendly - Enquire
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, a grazing platter, and a glass of champagne. Grab a drink from the cash bar onboard.
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 miss.
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 during Winter and 5pm during Summer.
Duration 1.5 hours.
Wheelchair & Pram Friendly.
Disabled AccessCarpark Family Friendly