Fast Redcliffe to Moreton Island cruise set to launch
Published 24 March 2022
A new fast boat service running direct between Redcliffe Jetty and Moreton Island in just 30 minutes will be operational in time for the Easter school holidays.
The Bottlenose, a 12 metre rigid inflatable boat, can carry up to 30 passengers and will be operated by River to Bay, in addition to their service from Sandstone Point.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Acting Mayor Jodie Shipway welcomed the boost to the region’s tourism industry and the $4M of economic benefit the new service would provide during their first two years of operation.
“Moreton Bay attracts twice as many annual visitors than Noosa and providing more access for residents and visitors to experience Moreton Bay’s wonderful natural attractions will continue to position our region as one Queensland’s most popular tourist destinations,” she said.
“This investment shows that businesses are confident in the Moreton Bay economy forging ahead as one of the best places to do business in South East Queensland despite the recent challenges of COVID and floods.
“I urge everyone to stay the weekend in Redcliffe, check out our beautiful foreshore, restaurants, cafes and then jump on the Bottlenose for a trip to Moreton Island in under 30 minutes - you could be back in time for dinner!”
River to Bay co-founder John Sharpe said the new service was the fastest boat service connecting to the island and was an exciting new addition to the existing run from Sandstone Point.
“Moreton Island is clearly visible from Redcliffe, so it is exciting to be able to connect locals and visitors alike to enjoy the beach, resort, snorkelling and other activities, all in 30 minutes,” he said.
“Departing from Redcliffe’s accommodation centre, we are confident this service will convince visitors to spend an extra day in the region.”
The boat arrives at Tangalooma Resort on Moreton Island, and a ticket includes lunch at the resort and a day pass to pools, restaurants, bars, tours, shops and other resort facilities.
Visitors can also choose to add on optional tours of the desert dunes snorkelling at the wrecks, discovering the marine wildlife.
The family-friendly snorkelling tour includes fish-feeding and swimming in the crystal-clear water which is homes to turtles, dugongs and Wobbegong who share the coral with more than 200 species of fish.
The boat’s trial service will operate five times a week from March 30, in time for the Easter school holidays and will depart Redcliffe Jetty at 9.15am and arrive at Moreton Island by 9.45am.
A return service will depart Moreton Island at 3.45pm.
Tickets are available now at https://rivertobay.com.au/project/tangalooma-day-cruise/