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Meet the team

Captain Allan 'Shorty' Short

Shorty has worked in the Marine industry since 1992. He has worked up and down the Queensland Coast running whale watch vessels out of Hervey Bay and day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, passenger ferries out of Brisbane. Most recently he set up and managed Australia Zoo’s whale watch operation on the Sunshine Coast onboard Steve Irwin's Whale One and Croc One.

Shorty loves being on the water and working with his wife to really set a standard of service that is fun, relaxed yet professional.

Sandy' Short

Sandy is the face of Cruise Maroochy, she has extensive experience in management and has worked in tourism and retail for many years.

Sandy is a qualified Deckhand and together Shorty and Sandy make the perfect team, Shorty’s the captain but Sandy’s really the Boss.


About us

Cruise Maroochy are a local family based business and have lived on the Sunshine Coast most of their lives, Sandy and Shorty love working on the river and showing their passengers a relaxed fun filled cruise every time the ropes are dropped. The staff are vibrant, fun and professional and love going out of their way to create a special atmosphere on each and every cruise.

You can be absolutely sure that with Shorty's love for the water and vast experience that your cruise will be safe and enjoyable.

Our awards

Cruise Maroochy is the regions highest and most awarded tour and cruise company – having won numerous awards including :-

- 2010 Finalist - Tourism Qld Tourism awards – Indigenous Category

- 2008 Winner - Sunshine Coast Environmental Council Award

- 2007 Winner - International Gold Award from BIA in New York

- 2006 Commendation Sunshine Coast Environmental Awards

- 2006 Finalist - Qld State Excellence in Eco Tourism Award

- 2004 Winner - Sunshine Coast Eco Tourism Category

- 2003 Finalist - Qld State Tourism Awards Eco Tourism

- 2002 Winner – Tourism Sunshine Coast Tourism Eco Category

- 2001 Winner – Qld State Directions award

- 2000 Winner – Tourism Sunshine Coast Excellence in Tourism Award

The Company is highly regarded by local Sunshine Coast authorities and education institutions as a leader in sustainable environmental tourism and in the education of the community in environmental and ecological sustainability.

The Maroochy

The Maroochy Laguna is a 15 metre specially designed catamaran, which glides along quietly with no engine noise or smell at 5 metres wide she is an extremely stable platform. The Maroochy is licensed to carry 98 passengers,comfortably up to 80 guests is a good limit and this is easily done between the fully enclosed bottom deck and the open walk around top deck with 360’ viewing. 

Seating is available for 80 passengers, the lower enclosed deck can seat 80 passengers without tables or 60 guests with tables and chairs.


We've even had celebs on board!