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Spot rare creatures and historic homes on exclusive cruise

April 9, 2014 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

This Easter, take a journey along one of Queensland’s most historic and unusual rivers for a chance to see dolphins and turtles, rare and ancient river creatures, amazing birdlife and grand heritage riverfront homes.

The cruise on board the Spirit of Hervey Bay begins with stunning views of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and Big Woody Island as the boat leaves from the Hervey Bay Marina and makes it way down the Great Sandy Strait towards the mouth of the river at River Heads. 

The cruise follows the course taken by explorer Andrew Petrie, whose early exploration of the river in 1842 lead to the establishment of Maryborough, one of Queensland’s oldest cities, just a few years later.

After navigating the twists and turns of the beautiful wide brown river, the boat makes its way into Maryborough and offers a rare perspective of the city’s grand old riverfront homes and gardens, established in the late 1800s when Maryborough was a thriving immigration and trade port.

Enjoy expert commentary on this fascinating history and discover interesting facts and folklore about the Mary River and its important landmarks. Capture unique photos along the way; maybe even an elusive Mary River croc.

The cruise is $65 per person and includes morning tea and then a buffet lunch, which is served during the leisurely return journey back to Hervey Bay. This is the only cruise offering trips up the Mary River and only a limited number is held each year.

Cruises will run on Saturday 19 April and Sunday 20 April. To book for this tour or any future tours, call 1800 642 544 or go to    

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