Congratulations to Russell Hausler and Lorraine Price with their recent purchase of the Dolphin Ferry Cruises.
Russell and Lorraine already own and operate Tin Can Bay Slipways. With their two berths available at their houseboat building and the tackle shop, they recognised that there was an opportunity to offer something to visitors after they fed the dolphins. They started a search for a suitable boat.
Lorraine said, “We heard about ferry, with its own marine park permit, history and the clientele and it all fell into place.”
It was a little more work and investment– they bought bus and then co-ordinated services with Rainbow. The ferry was painted, electrics and electronics updated and new signage added.
“We are excited to offer holiday makers and locals new experiences on the water.”
“The Dolphin Cruise will run from Carlo Point, leaving each day at 7am, and return by about 9am. The new courtesy bus will do pick-ups from set points in Rainbow Beach, to take passengers to Carlo Point, and return.”
Passengers can also book and then drive themselves to Carlo Point. The ferry will arrive in Tin Can Bay, near the Coastguard, by 7.30am in time for the dolphin feeding, where the Dolphin Centre charges $5 entry to view dolphins and an additional $5 if you wish to hand feed.
The Great Sandy Straits Cruise will run at 10.30am from Carlo Point, pick up passengers from Tin Can Bay at 11.30am, then cruise for about an hour before disembarking Tin Can Bay passengers, then return to Carlo and Rainbow Beach approximately 1pm. At only $10 per head, it would be a great way to see the Straits.
Sunset cruises will also be on the agenda, starting with Friday and Saturday evenings, depending on bookings. These will depart Carlo Point at 5pm, pick up from Tin Can Bay at 5.30pm. It is $20 per person, BYO food and drinks.
There will be a Tin Can Bay service to the Pink Ladies Luncheon in Rainbow Beach on October 11 – a lovely way to arrive to the notorious fundraiser. The ferry is also available for private hire, including weddings, special occasions and Christmas parties.