In­dige­nous eco cruise

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SALT­WA­TER Eco Tours has launched a new In­dige­nous eco-cruise aimed at con­nect­ing “cul­ture to coast”.

With 2020 be­ing Queens­land’s Year of In­dige­nous Tourism, the Sun­shine Coast op­er­a­tor’s new tour aims to cel­e­brate the re­gion’s In­dige­nous her­itage and spec­tac­u­lar coast­line.

Op­er­at­ing from Mooloolaba, the itin­er­ary sails aboard a cen­tu­ry­old his­toric tim­ber sail­ing ves­sel, Spray of the Coral Coast.

Each tour will have an In­dige­nous sto­ry­teller on board to share sto­ries, tra­di­tions and cul­ture about the Sun­shine Coast’s orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants, the Kabi Kabi peo­ple.

The tours will op­er­ate three times daily each week­end, com­prised of a sun­set acous­tic tour, op­er­at­ing on Sat and Sun evenings, and pri­vate char­ters, avail­able for ex­clu­sive hire for cruises of two to four hours.

Spray of the Coral Coast can cur­rently ac­com­mo­date 20 pas­sen­gers.

“There’s more de­mand than ever for authen­tic eco­tourism and In­dige­nous cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences in Queens­land,” said the state’s Min­is­ter for In­no­va­tion and Tourism In­dus­try Devel­op­ment Kate Jones.

Pic­tured: Salt­wa­ter Eco Tours’ founder Si­mon Thor­nal­ley gets ready to set sail.

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