Simon Thornalley on Spray of the Coral Coast  Simon Thornalley on Spray of the Coral Coast 

Sailing on Sunshine Coast

Saltwater Eco Tours, operating from Mooloolaba, is using a century-old timber sailing vessel, Spray of the Coral Coast, to showcase the Sunshine Coast’s Indigenous heritage and marine beauty.

Each tour has an Indigenous story-teller on board to share the stories, traditions and culture of the Sunshine Coast’s original inhabitants and first eco custodians, the Kabi Kabi people (originally known as the ‘Saltwater People’). 

Saltwater Eco Tours is the brainchild of Simon Thornalley, of Torres Strait Island descent.

The Cultural Tour takes passengers to places where Dreamtime stories and songs originated. Sea birds, turtles, and dolphins can be spotted along the way. During the two hour cruise there is storytelling, didgeridoo and entertainment, along with bush-tucker inspired catering, with a local craft beer or sparkling wine. Sunset Acoustic Tour is a two-hour cruise on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

The Spray of the Coral Coast is a restored, classic 58ft gaff-rigged Huon-pine ketch that can cater for 35 passengers, but is restricting numbers to 20 currently, to adhere to its Covid-safety plan.

Related items