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Daily Ferry Services in Port Stephens

Port Stephens Ferry Service runs daily ferry transfers 7 days a week between Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens. Featuring entertaining and informative commentary along with open panoramic views of beautiful Port Stephens, crossing the bay is a must for visitors to this bluewater wonderland. Dolphins sighted on 95% of cruises!

Welcome! The ferries will operate as per the timetable below. Bookings essential for all services.

Ferry Timetable

Ferry service is subject to weather conditions. Follow us on Facebook for daily timetable updates.

Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park

A one hour journey on the ferry will take you into the heart of Port Stephens Marine Park. The park’s diverse marine life is abundant with many species of dolphins, green turtles, fish and seabirds. Bird watchers will delight in the vast array of shorebirds that live and forage along the shores of the Myall River, such as little egrets, great egrets, little black cormorants, royal spoonbills, white faced herons, bar-tailed godwits, sea eagles and osprey – to name just a few!

About Our Historic Ferries

Built in 1944 during WWII for the RAAF Marines division, MV Tea Gardens has a long and colourful history. Her original commission was as a cargo vessel, transporting munitions for Catalina flying boats. She was built at the Slazenger shipyard in Putney on the Parramatta river, overseen by legendary shipwright Bill Fisher. When the war ended in 1945, she was converted into ferry.

Built in the 1950’s, MV Jesse started out life on Lakes Entrance in Victoria. Back then she was known as “Bluebird”, and along with her sister vessels “Bluebell” and “Blackbird”, did river cruises and a milk and postal run to North Arm Cove. Jesse is constructed of Tasmanian huon pine and is one of only two well deckers still operating in a traditional ferry role in New South Wales.

Things to Do!
Tea Gardens

Cruise across the bay and up the Myall River to Tea Gardens, spot dolphins, hire a kayak, take a 1.5hr guided bus tour, hit a round of golf, visit the local art gallery, browse bohemian boutiques, or enjoy lunch at one of the eateries along the waterfront. You can also call ahead and catch the courtesy bus to the Country Club. Tea Gardens is a gorgeous destination with a long and rich history.

Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a central hub for entertainment with weekend markets, a cinema, restaurants and cafes, and a local hotel and bistro with live music. Swim at the beach, hire a runabout boat, visit the lighthouse museum, explore the marina, or link to the many tour operators such as whale watching, sand boarding or quad biking. During summer, the kids will love the giant Splash water park!

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