Cruise the Mary River aboard the Hervey Bay Boat Club's new vessel Amaroo.
Cruise the Mary River aboard the Hervey Bay Boat Club's new vessel Amaroo. Contributed

Step aboard boat club's fundraising Mary River cruise

YOU can check out the Mary River with your family and friends on Sunday, November 9, aboard the Boat Club's new cruise boat Amaroo.

An action-packed day is planned, organised by the Hervey Bay Boat Club Power Boat Squadron to raise funds for two of the Fraser Coast's favourite volunteer organisations, Volunteer Marine Rescue Hervey Bay and Coast Guard Sandy Straits.

The day will be divided into two separate cruises - Hervey Bay to Maryborough in the morning and Maryborough to Hervey Bay in the afternoon, with bookings at Boat Club reception.

On both cruises, local farmer, historian and author Lindsay Titmarsh will give an expert commentary on the history of the Mary River and will have copies of his latest

book about our local rivers available.

Hervey Bay to Maryborough Cruise

The morning cruise will start boarding at the Boat Club, Urangan Harbour, from 8.30am and will leave at 9am.

Amaroo will cruise down the western side of Big Woody Island, past the Picnic Islands and then follow the markers into the Mary River to meet up with the escort vessels from Coast Guard and VMR near River Heads for the trip up the river.

Morning tea will be served as passengers take in the sights along the river and Amaroo will cruise past Beaver Rock - you might spot the croc - and Walker's Point and then the beautiful historic homes for which Maryborough is famous.

On arrival at the Maryborough public wharf passengers will disembark and board Wide Bay Transit coaches for the trip back to the Boat Club to enjoy the facilities of the club and a delicious buffet lunch.

Cost for the morning cruise is $65 per head for adults and all children and includes morning tea, lunch and coach travel. Bookings at Boat Club reception phone 4128 9643. Amaroo is fully licensed so no BYO.

Maryborough to Hervey Bay Cruise

Passengers on the afternoon cruise will board Amaroo at the Maryborough Public Wharf from 12.30pm and she will leave with her new load of passengers at 1pm to make her way back down the river led by her VMR and Coast Guard escort boats.

They will cruise past Maryborough's famous historic homes, Walker's Point and Beaver Rock, and then to River Heads where the Mary River and the Susan River meet at their mouths.

Afternoon tea will be served as Amaroo cruises along Fraser Island past North White Cliffs, Mackenzie's Jetty and Kingfisher Bay Resort. She will then cruise past Little Woody Island, up the shipping channel and across the top of Big Woody Island to Urangan Harbour.

Passengers will disembark at the Boat Club where they can enjoy the facilities of the club and a buffet dinner in the upstairs Fraser Room with its magnificent views.

After dinner the Wide Bay Transit caches will start loading passengers from about 8pm for the trip back to Maryborough.

Cost for the afternoon cruise is $65 per head for adults and all children and includes, afternoon tea, dinner and coach travel.