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Seafood Cruise Mooloolaba Floating Restaurant and Venue

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published March 28th 2017
A Laid-Back Cruise, Feet Up, Cocktails In Hand
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Meeting place at Mooloolaba Yacht Club - Image: Elaine de Wet


Hubby and I were celebrating our 29th Wedding Anniversary so thought something a bit unusual would be a lovely way to celebrate our special day. And, that's how I came across the Seafood Cruise in Mooloolaba. This cruise needs a minimum of twenty people before the decision is taken to do the cruise for the day, so having booked, I was required to wait until two days prior to our date, to confirm that the Seafood Cruise was in actual fact going ahead.

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Spectacular array of watercraft - Image: Elaine de Wet


Passengers are told to meet fifteen minutes prior to embarking at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club at 33 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. Once arriving you can take a stroll around and enjoy the spectacular yachts and watercraft docked at the Yacht Club.

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Our floating lunch venue - Image: Elaine de Wet


When all the guests were assembled, a short walk down to the marina and we reached our transport for the afternoon. Nothing quite as glamorous as what we had envisioned, having just 'oohed' and 'aahed' at the impressive assembly of 'other' boats we had just seen at the marina.

On to the boat - with indoor and undercover outdoor seating facilities, I was very excited to see where we would sit. Unbeknownst to us, all our tables were pre-reserved by the organisers and we, unfortunately, had the table right next to the skipper. I say, 'unfortunately', because we couldn't sit down until all the other guests had arrived as our table was smack bang in the middle of the entrance to the boat. I wasn't going to allow this to spoil my afternoon and so graciously waited until everyone else was seated.

The Food

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Prawn Cocktail entree - Image: Elaine de Wet


The entree, Prawn Cocktail, had already been served and was waiting for our arrival. All the seafood Mains (except for the fish fillets) were sumptuously laid out on beds of ice, with more than enough to feed the proverbial army.

The Mains

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Sumptuously laid out lunch - Images: Elaine de Wet


Chefs own specially marinated fish fillets - served hot - these were cooked on board, once we had arrived;
Asian vegetables cooked in chilli, garlic and oyster sauce - served hot;
Fresh Mooloolaba king prawns with seafood sauce;
Fresh caught Spanner or sand crabs;
Fresh caught Balmain bugs;
Fresh Coffin Bay bistro oysters - natural;
Assorted bread selection;
Asian slaw salad with crispy noodles;
Tossed mixed leaf garden salad with assorted dressings;
Creamy home-made potato salad with hard boiled eggs;
Creamy home-made pasta salad with mixed vegetables; and
*Special: Flambe Garlic Prawns, Flame grilled while you wait (upon request only)

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Fantastic to watch how involved people are in water activities - Images: Elaine de Wet


As you can see there's a very large selection of crustaceans. Now, I love seafood, but not necessarily just the crustacean variety and was a tad disappointed that there was only one reef fish available. The food was available immediately - we hadn't even left our mooring station yet and guests were already filling up their plates. This IS a two hour cruise, so once having eaten I was wondering what we would have left to do to fill in the remaining time.

I must mention here that non-seafood eaters and children do have an alternative choice of premium steak with garlic butter; Thai-style marinated lamb chops; two marinated chicken kebabs; Asian vegetables cooked in chilli, garlic and oyster sauce and hot dogs. This selection must be pre-ordered when booking.

There were only three staff members working this specific day. They were very efficient and ensured that everybody had what they needed, including beverages, which could be purchased at the bar area. One could run a tab to settle before disembarking or pay upfront. There was an assortment of exotically-coloured cocktails and I couldn't resist the temptation of having 'Sex on the Beach' - not literally, you understand. Too quickly the lunch was over and we could walk around the boat or go upstairs to admire the views, which is exactly what we did.

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'Sex on the Beach' - Image: Elaine de Wet


Where You Go On The Cruise

The cruise is started with a brief safety message. The skipper then heads out from the Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade into the main canal. You cruise past the Mooloolaba Wharf Complex and around Minyama Island, showcasing some of the Sunshine Coast's most prestigious waterfront homes.

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Minyama Island and even 'his' and 'her' boats - Images: Elaine de Wet


Onto Outrigger Island and the bridges of Nicklin Way before turning around to return into the Baronga broad water. Up the river mouth where hopefully you can see dolphins, stingrays and pelicans - nope, this wasn't our lucky day and we didn't see any of the aforementioned. Cruising back you will see the trawler fleet and the Mooloolah River Fisheries processing plant.

Then off down the main channel towards Lawries Marina and the Kawana Waters Tavern.

Most of the information re the route taken by Seafood Cruise Mooloolaba, I have gleaned off their website as we honestly didn't always know what we were looking at. An educational commentary by the organisers would have been very much appreciated with historical information or just specific landmarks.

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Point Cartwright Lighthouse and Unity Water reservoir - Image: Elaine de Wet


I did manage to identify the Point Cartwright Lighthouse and Unity Water Reservoir - fantastic to see this area from the water side.

Prices (prices vary depending on what category your cruise falls into)

Seafood Lunch Cruise $85.00 per person, with children under twelve at half price and children under eight years of age, free.

Seafood Cruise Mooloolaba have various options available to guests, for special functions:-

Group Functions;
Weddings - book your Hens Night or Bucks Night and Wedding Reception and get free boat hire any day of the week; and
Theme Nights

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There's always somebody more energetic than me - Image: Elaine de Wet


Dessert - I forgot to tell you about the dessert - usually the most important Course for me!

The dessert was served approximately half an hour before disembarking with a good selection:-

Cheesecake; fresh seasonal fruit platter; mixed cheese board with crackers and unlimited tea or coffee.

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Cheese platter - Image: Seafood Cruise Mooloolaba Floating Restaurant and Venue FB page


I think at this stage most of the guests had overeaten on seafood, so I chose to try out a few smallish portions to appease my sweet tooth. Delicious, tasty and more-ish! Can you believe it - I even forgot to take a pic. Thanks to Seafood Cruise Mooloolaba Facebook page, I got that one sorted - see Cheese platter above.

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Oh what fun that would be! - Image: Elaine de Wet


The two hour cruise time absolutely flew by, no doubt due to the ever-changing stunning scenery we had the pleasure of enjoying.

If you're looking for a laid-back, totally relaxing afternoon, taking in the surrounds of Mooloolaba, Kawana and Minyama from a different perspective, I would highly recommend trying the Seafood Cruise Mooloolaba. I can't think of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, feet up, cocktails in hand and just being mesmerised by the water.
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Why? For a laid-back, totally relaxing activity
When: Cruises are on a regular basis - see www.seafoodcruise.com for cruise dates
Phone: 0413 756 883
Where: 33 Parkyn Pde Mooloolaba, QLD 4557
Cost: Seafood Lunch Cruise: Seafood Lunch Cruise $85.00 per person; children under 12 - half-price; children under 8 - free
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