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Mary River Cruises

Price $65

Spirit of Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruises
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Mary River Cruises
Cruise from Hervey Bay up the mighty Mary River to Maryborough. Enjoy morning tea, buffet lunch & expert commentary, raffles, live music on this unique & picturesque cruise!

Why not set aside a day and join the Spirit of Hervey Bay’s popular Mary River Cruise?

Step aboard the Spirit and depart Whale Bay Marina for your cruise up the mighty Mary River.

Enjoy a substantial morning tea while keeping a look out for dolphins, turtles & other marine life.

Cruise past Big Woody Island, the Picnic Islands & Kingfisher Bay Resort as you head down the Great Sandy Straits towards River Heads.

Once we pass through “the heads” where the mouth of the Mary River & Susan River meet, we begin our journey down the mighty Mary River. Keep an eye on our GPS/depth sounder in the upstairs lounge as our skipper follows the twists & turns in the river and tries to avoid any low spots as we traverse right through to Maryborough township.

Enjoy expert commentary on the history of Maryborough and the Mary River as historic homes & landmarks are pointed out along the way.

Capture unique photos along the way: What about a sailing yacht still sat high & dry in a cane field, where it was washed up in last year’s floods? Or maybe even an elusive Mary River Croc?

See Maryborough & the Mary River from another angle. This allows the “locals” to see what is in their own backyard. Have a look at some of the backyards of those beautiful old homes situated right on the river.

Once we reach Maryborough and turn around, a buffet lunch of cold meats, fresh salads & bread rolls is served on board whilst you relax and enjoy a leisurely cruise back to Hervey Bay. The Spirit of Hervey Bay is licensed, so why not enjoy a nice drink from our well-stocked bar while enjoying the scenery from one of our upper decks?

This is the only cruise offering trips up the Mary River and as it is subject to tide times & heights, we are only able to offer a limited number of cruises each year.

All this for such a low, low price. The Spirit of Hervey Bay's Mary River Cruise is great value and always books out fast.

Departs from the Whale Bay Marina, Buccaneer Drive, Urangan. Boarding time is 15 minutes prior to departure.

See you on board!


  • Tour Length: < 1 Day
  • Environment: River


These visits are a rare and opportune delight. Running irregularly almost once a month, please call to ask us of our cruise dates.

Adult $65.00
Child (4 - 14yrs) $50.00

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Cruise the sheltered waters of Platypus Bay whilst taking in breathtaking sights as we travel along the beautiful white sandy banks of Fraser Island’s beaches to the whales’ playground. Feel the excitement and anticipation as we get closer to the sanctuary, scanning the horizon for our first splash or blow from a mighty humpback. Loud tail and pec slaps, spectacular breaches, curious spy hops and close encounters are just some of the antics these majestic animals display to keep you captivated. Imagine relaxing and enjoying your lunch on our 3/4 day cruise, nestled beside beautiful Fraser Island whilst whales wallow and play around you—you can’t get better than that! Come aboard and join our friendly crew on a magical day surrounded by nature.

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