Hervey Bay is 3 hours drive north of Brisbane and is serviced by a busy airport. It is an accommodation hub and the main access to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island.
Wil and Jacqui Hikuwai from Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours have embraced the Aboriginal culture of Fraser Coast. The tours have been expanded to include local Butchulla guides sharing their knowledge and history of the region.
The vessel is proudly named “Milbi” which carries the Butchulla meaning for ‘sea turtle’.The custom built glass bottom vessel, the Milbi showcases the beautiful coral reef of the Great Sandy Straits. The reef is in very healthy condition with a mixture of hard and soft corals.
At 12 metres in length, the Milbi is one of the largest glass bottom vessels in Australia. She is eco friendly with low carbon impact, stable, and offers comfortable seating whilst being gentle on the water. The vessel is custom designed with large glass panels allowing a clear view of the coral gardens and marine life below. The Milbi’s boarding platform allows easy onboard access along with the convenience of direct beach landings.
The Great Sandy Straits is home to abundant marine and bird life. As you travel through through these safe, protected waterways you will be joining the search for resident marine life such as dolphins, dugongs, sea turtles, stingrays. Time will be set aside for a refreshing swim in clean clear waters. Snorkelling is available when conditions permit.
Local Aboriginal guide shares his knowledge of the Great Sandy Straits, and K’Gari (Fraser Island) providing you with a unique cultural experience. You will learn about the oldest surviving culture on Earth. Here lies an incredible opportunity to view the stunning coastal wilderness through the eyes of a direct Butchulla decendant. Lunch and a tropical fruit platter is included on the Turtle Discovery Tour. On the Milbi Sunset cruise there is champagne, fresh local prawns and delicious canapés included.
Onboard facilities include, bathroom, drinks and snacks available for purchase.
Please ensure that you wear comfortable clothing and suited to the current weather conditions. Boarding the Milbi directly from the beach will be via a landing ramp. There is a possibility you may get your feet and ankles a little wet.
Whilst is is our aim to provide the most unforgettable marine experience, we cannot always guarantee marine life sightings.
There are many different tours to please all requirements from early morning to sunset and through to catered private charters.
Call Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours and spend the best few hours of your trip with them. You will be so glad you did.
As always it is best to plan ahead and book early to avoid disappointment.
Eco friendly drink bottles and coffee flasks are also available for sale in our office, we’ll even fill them up for you !