Renowned as the premiere whale watching operator in South East Queensland, Sunreef’s Whale One is expanding its operation, adding party boat tour, ‘Oh Buoy It’s Saturday’ to its experiences.
Departing fortnightly from Mooloolaba on Saturday evenings, the party boat cruises through the Mooloolah River while guests indulge in onboard street food, two licensed bars (with Larry on tap) and an onboard DJ.
Sunreef’s founder, Dan Hart, said the Whale One has undergone “huge refurbishment” to transform it into a “venue” on water.
“We more than doubled the size of the bar downstairs and added a bar upstairs,” he said.
“We opened up the boat to allow more room to move and put in a state of the art sound system.”
Mr Hart said these new additions to Whale One will allow for an event “unlike the Sunshine Coast has ever seen”.
According to Mr Hart, the feedback received from last weekend’s launch party was “overwhelming”.
“A real party atmosphere was created and people didn’t want to get off,” he said.
The next cruise is happening next weekend on the 20th of July. Mr Hart said attendees can expect fantastic food and service, “mind blowing” sound and a venue and party “they will never forget”.
The cruise is set to depart the Mooloolaba Wharf at 6:30pm, giving guests plenty of time to enjoy a drink at the Wharf’s many watering holes pre and post party.
Check out our Larry Locator to find which bars around Mooloolaba stock Your Mates.
To book a ticket for the next cruise, hit the link below.
One simple thing you can do to help the vulnerable ecosystem of Double Island Point on your next day or camping trip.
Located south of Fraser Island and a stone’s throw from Noosa and Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point is a natural treasure cherished by locals and first timers alike. It’s an excellent spot for beach fishing, surfing, kayaking, hiking, spearfishing, diving, jet skiing and boating. It’s an outdoors lover’s dream destination.
Only accessible by 4WD, Double Island Point was once an isolated oasis. As a kid, our family would tow the caravan to the Cooloola Cove Recreation Area for two, three, even four weeks at a time. The camping area would be dotted with small groups of campers, usually other young families and friendly grey nomads.
A lot has changed as Double Island Point has gained in popularity over the years, particularly the quality and volume of visitors. A large portion of visitors are now younger in age, flogging it around in patrols lifted as high as their egos. They are less interested in the nature and beautiful serenity and more interested in one-upping each other in who can rip the best donut. Don’t get me wrong, there are still young groups there with respect for other people and the location, but these crews are a rare breed nowadays.
The drowning popularity of the beautiful spot has also attracted the masses. When the weather turns it on, on any given weekend, thousands of people make the voyage to the Point, from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and beyond. The vast number of people inevitably brings a few who leave their rubbish and don’t clean up on their way out.
The combination of inconsiderate visitors and relentless visitation has led to a decline in the environmental welfare of the Point and its surrounding areas.
However there is hope and there are people out there who are fighting to preserve this natural gem. Last weekend we were lucky enough to partner with the Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast in their bi-annual Clean Up Double Island Point Day. This event sees over 100 volunteers roll up their sleeves and pick up rubbish left by campers and waste washed ashore.
We were assigned to clean a 1km stretch near the Point and each given a big bag to fill. Within one hour, we had filled 7 bags. There was rubbish in every direction. We had to stop because we had picked up so much that the bags were getting too heavy to carry.
Seeing first-hand how much rubbish was plaguing this pristine environment was a real eye opener. It was shocking to look out at this beautiful postcard ocean scene, and then turn around to see the dunes and shoreline smothered with litter, from bottle caps to lightbulbs to ancient Chinese Pepsi cans.
The efforts of everyone involved in the cleanup saw over 1.5 tonnes of rubbish removed from the beach. We were stoked to play our part in removing litter, as well as quenching the thirst of the volunteers with a karma keg of Larry at day’s end.
While efforts like these are extremely beneficial to Double Island Point, they are a bandaid fix and involve massive organisation. We left the beach thinking of how simplistic maintaining the cleanliness of this environment could be.
It’s as easy as picking up after yourself and always leaving with more rubbish than you make. If everyone who visited spent half an hour filling a bag of other people’s rubbish, then mass cleanups would not be necessary.
This is something we will be doing every time we visit Double Island and we highly encourage you to do it too.
Of course we are not so naive as to think that all people will willingly do this. What if were mandatory with camping permits? Imagine the reduction in litter if each camping permit has to collect rubbish bags as they enter the beach access points, and offload these bags as they exit. Just the obligation for campers to pick up bin bags as they enter the beach would result in reduced rubbish on the beach.
It would be a small sacrifice to keep this incredible place healthy for future generations to enjoy just as we have.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, please get involved by heading to our Facebook discussion and leaving a comment.
Special thanks to the following organisations for the awesome trip:
Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast
Drop Bear Adventures
When you’re next off enjoying one of Australia’s beautiful natural treasures – tag us in your photos to show how you’re doing your part to protect what we all love.
We caught up with the Board Meeting Surf Charity, a unique group of surfers and local Sunshine Coast businesses dedicated to donating 100% of raised funds to kids with disabilities and their families in need.
What started as a one off fundraiser to send one young man with disabilities to the Special Olympics 15 years ago, has quickly become a lifeline for many Sunshine Coast families in need. The Board Meeting Surf Charity is a charity like no other and is something Your Mates are incredibly proud to be a part of.
We recently had a chat with committee member and all round local legend, Dave Dawson, about the charity and some of the amazing things it’s been doing for its donees.
There are many charities operating on the Sunshine Coast, what makes the Board Meeting so special and unique?
100% of the dollars raised goes to the kids and families in need. Also being a charity made up of a close bunch of guys, we can actually make decisions in an hour or two from receiving emails from these families, whereas with other charities they may be waiting three or four months to get what they need.
Who does the charity help and why do these people need help?
The best way to explain it is if you have a child with a disability, the Government will help to a certain degree, for example they may hook you up with a wheel chair. However if the chair needs modifications, Mum and Dad have to find the money to pay for this. Then there’s getting a chair lift in their car and the list goes on. So these families reach out to us for help with these expenses.
Who are the legends working behind the scenes to keep the charity running, there must be quite a few considering the increasingnumber of families you guys are helping?
Behind the scenes we have Bennett Carroll and Guy Gibbons, a team of lawyers who head up our audit, trust and payment division. [Bennett] actually pays an employee to pay all of our bills – our equipment bills, respite bills, etc. So he pays her himself off his own back, separate from the charity. Mark Skinner Advertising is our CEO and is so passionate, along with his wife Bev. He dedicates all of his time and energy at zero cost, as do I with my business, Commercial Fishing Supplies and Salt of the Sea. Also Glenn Corbett from Kook Multimedia and Gordon Barratt from Morgans. There’s a lot of other guys in the mix helping out, but Glenn, Gordon, Mark and myself are dealing with stuff like applications every day – there might be 50 emails a day from families needing help.
How do you raise money to help these kids and their families and how much did you raise at this year’s events?
We have two events, one of them being the surf event we held the other week, where we raised about 26 thousand dollars and had 31 local businesses participating. The judges can be bribed, I think there were a few Larrycans being passed around the judges’ tent. Our other event, which is a luncheon, raised about 35 thousand dollars.
How can people get involved in the charity?
If you’d like to get involved you can find us online at The Board Meeting Surf Charity or on our Facebook page. All donations are welcome and if you’d like to get involved as a local business there’s information on there too.
Big thanks to Dave and The Board Meeting for having a chat to us and cheers to the incredibly selfless work they do.