Pumicestone Passage

Pumicestone Passage – steeped in history, rich in wildlife and natural beauty, and one of the world’s most ecologically important waterways – is the body of water which separates Bribie Island from the mainland.

Pumicestone Passage stretches for 35 kilometres, from Caloundra in the north to Deception Bay in the south. A marine park with the oldest registered fish habitat in Queensland, it is a narrow, shallow estuary, encompassing a meandering system of channels, sand banks and islands.

Pumicestone Passage is a spectacular waterway that offers a sheltered recreational area perfect for boating, fishing and swimming.
It is home to a marine park featuring dugongs, which frequent its waters seasonally to feed on the seagrass on the bottom of the channels in the passage.

Pumicestone Passage is, quite simply, a bird-watcher’s paradise. The Passage is recognised as one of the most important bird habitats on the east coast of Australia, and is protected by its inclusion on three international environmental treaties.

More than 40 species of shorebirds have been recorded in the region, and thousands of migratory birds visit the area in the summer months from Siberia, Northern China and Mongolia. Twitchers (bird enthusiasts) are rumoured to travel here from almost as far afield as the birds. Jabiru, sea eagles, and royal spoonbills are all seen regularly.

Ferryman Cruises Bribie Island

Experience the natural beauty of the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park, see the majestic Glasshouse Mountains and visit many areas only accessible by Ferryman Cruises Bribie Island.

These living waterways are home to dugong, dolphins, turtles, dingoes, jabiru, sea eagles, osprey and many of the 360 species of birds recorded in this area – some migrating each year from the Northern Hemisphere. The Ferryman tours up the Pumicestone Passage which runs between Bribie Island and the mainland towards Caloundra and takes in the shipwreck of the SS Avon, then the township of Toorbul, and follows the historic channel that Mathew Flinders found over 200 years ago – past Donnybrook.

Pumicestone Passage is an extremely important waterway with more bird species than Kakadu. The cruise tours are relaxing, informative with a friendly crew who want you to have a truly great experience.

Commentary is provided covers the local history, both Aboriginal and European, the local environment and the fauna and flora found here. As you cruise past these wonderful sights they will be keeping an eye out for such wonderful creatures as dugong, dolphins, turtles, sea eagles, dingoes and many of the different bird species.


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