Operating in the tourist hot spot of Hervey Bay, you’ll find Boat Club Adventure Cruises offering sunset cruises, day cruises, whale watching and sharing stories of pre-settlement times. Often drawing a diverse and culturally rich crowd from all corners of the globe, it is important for the team at Boat Club Adventure to not only highlight the significance of living ecosystems in the area but also the cultural history.
“I think all guests have an interest in our stories,” says Philip House, Marine Operations Manager. “Sharing Indigenous language and culture with visitors is an important part of our tours.”
Through their tours conducted in and around Moonaboola (the local name for the Mary River) the Boat Club Adventure Cruises crew offers a range of affordable cruise options to showcase the beauty and diversity of Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and The Great Sandy Marine Park. Providing more than just an enjoyable cruise, guests get an understanding of what the land was like before settlement and how Indigenous people would have utilised the marine environment to live for hundreds of years.
By engaging with locals to present their heritage to guests, Boat Club Adventure Cruises allows visitors to leave with a greater understanding of true Australia and its real history.
“My favourite aspect of sharing Indigenous language and culture with guests is witnessing the integration and mixing of cultures,” says Philip.
Keeping Indigenous language and culture alive is important whether you’re operating in on land or at sea, as all ecosystems have played a role in the stories and the survival of the world’s oldest living culture. The Boat Club Adventure Cruises crew have pledged to continue to engage local Indigenous communities and keep their culture alive.
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