Saltwater Eco Tours is in its 3rd year of operation and has successfully planted itself within the growing Tourism Industry on the Sunshine Coast (Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Country). The highly passionate and dedicated small team led by Managing Director/Skipper Simon Thornalley and partner Jenna, are continually providing authentic experiences to locals and visitors to the region on a weekly basis.
In the short time since launching, the company have received many awards and accolades including:
Eco Tourism Certification, Respecting Our Cultural Certification, TripAdvisor's Travellers Choice Award 2021-2022, Best of QLD Experiences 2022, Young Achievers Award - GOLG (QTIC 2021) and continual 5 - star reviews on TripAdvisor and Google Review.
In 2022, Saltwater Eco Tours expanded their offerings through their catering. Led by creative cook Josie Brown, the catering services include a Commerical Food Truck, Grazing Tables and corporate canapes, and has appeared at various events and festivals around the Sunshine Coast.
This beautifully restored traditional sailing vessel was launched in 1925 after being built to the same plan as the “Spray”, the boat used by Joshua Slocum to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe, covering more than 46,000 miles between April, 1895, and June, 1898. She is now thought to be the oldest Spray sailing in Australia and possibly the world.
Above deck, there is plenty of space for up to 35 guests and the addition of a roller furling headsail makes getting underway an easier task than it was in Slocum’s day. Below deck there is no sign of hardship or age. She has berths for seven, a full head, a stainless-steel galley and a large and comfortable saloon. The partially enclosed cockpit has comfortable seating for up to ten guests.