Following the announcement of the Redcliffe2Moreton Express two weeks ago, the public demand for this brand-new service has exceeded expectations and as a result an additional Friday service and local resident discount will be introduced from Friday, 6 October.
Business owner Lisa Edwards has been blown away by the community response and is excited to give the public what they want – which is more trips to the island at a lower price for locals.
“Since the launch announcement was made, we have been inundated with enquiries and were thrilled to see our maiden voyage on Sunday, 24th September sell out within the first 24 hours,” said Lisa.
It is only because of this overwhelming support and demand, that Lisa has been able to introduce an additional Friday service and offer this local resident discount.
From Friday, 6 October, the Redcliffe2Moreton Express will depart from the Redcliffe Jetty every Friday and Sunday morning at 10am, with a return service departing from Bulwer at 4pm.
“By introducing this Friday service, it allows people the option to experience Bulwer for the day or weekend, allowing greater time to explore the island where people can stay overnight in one of the many camping or accommodation options on the island.”
Already proving popular with tourists and visitors alike, the support from the community has allowed Lisa to introduce a special ‘locals only’ price for Moreton Bay Region residents.
“When we launched this service a couple of weeks ago, we weren’t sure how the demand was going to go, especially with locals.
“However, following the overwhelming support and demand from the local residents to utilise this service, we went back to the drawing board and because of the expected increase in passengers and the additional Friday service, we’ve been able to offer an allocation of tickets for each service, at a special price just for Moreton Bay Region locals.”
Locals will be able to travel from the Redcliffe Jetty to Bulwer for as little as $25 each way for adults, $15 each way for children (14 years and under) and $65 each way for families (two adults and two children).
Lisa, a passionate and long-term local resident and business owner in the region, is excited that she’s able to bring this service back for the locals, however wants to highlight that unlike most ferry transport operations, this service is receiving no government financial assistance or subsidies.
“Many ferry services that operate throughout the country receive government financial assistance and subsidies which of course brings the price down for passengers.
“Unfortunately, this isn’t the case here, which means that the ticket sales need to cover 100 percent of the costs that it takes to offer this service.”
These costs include hefty National Park and jetty mooring permit fees, fuel, commissions, wages and infrastructure costs, to name just a few.
“It will only be through the ongoing support of the public and local residents, that we will be able to continue to provide this much-needed service.”
To take advantage of this local price, bookings must be made through Redcliffe Cruise & Travel along with proof of local residency.
“At the time of booking, you will be asked to provide proof of your residency such as official photo identification, council issued rate notice or current utility bill stating your address.”
This special Moreton Bay Region resident only price will not be made available online via visitmoretonbayregion.com.au to avoid confusion with visitors and tourists utilising this website to make their booking.
For more information about the Redcliffe2Moreton Express, visit redcliffe2moretonexpress.com.au or contact Redcliffe Cruise & Travel in person at 93 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe or by phoning 07 3284 5192.
- Last updated 13 September, 2017