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The Port Stephens Ferry Service runs daily ferry transfers from Nelson Bay to Tea Gardens every day of the week. The journey takes approximately 1 hour each way and your time is filled with picturesque views, informative commentary and quite often dolphin watching. We operate 2 historic timber ferries and our ferry tours are ideal for both visitors and locals. Surround yourself with the picturesque views in the bay and watch carefully as dolphins could be waiting round every bend.

Dolphin Watching on the Way to Nelson Bay

With over 160 dolphins estimated to live in the Port Stephens waters, it’s highly likely we’ll spot them on our ferries to Tea Gardens or on return to Nelson Bay. We can never guarantee that dolphin watching will occur on our ferry tours however, we have a 95% success rate! Keep your eyes peeled for dolphin fins and if they’re close enough to the boat, watch with delight as the dolphins frolic and swim alongside our ferry. We also frequently spot little penguins and green sea turtles during our ferry tours. When you’ve reached your destination there’s plenty more to do! View our recommendations for both Tea Gardens sightseeing and Nelson Bay sightseeing and plan out the rest of your day.

Book Your Spot on the Port Stephens Ferry Service

There are many ways to secure your place on one of our historic ferry tours. You could book online if you’re sure which day and time you’d like in advance. Or if booking with less than 1 hours’ notice please call or SMS our booking line on 0412 682 117 and provide your name, no. of passengers and the time you wish to depart.

We request that all passengers check in at least 15 minutes prior to our services departure time. Speak to our friendly crew for your boarding pass and sort out all payments on board the ferry, EFTPOS is available. Boarding from the Nelson Bay Public Wharf is out front of the aptly named Dolphin Watch Café and on the Tea Gardens side you’ll find it across from the Tea Gardens hotel.

Our ferry tours run 7-days a week but sometimes the weather gets in the way. We keep a close eye on wind patterns and if the wind is too strong, we may need to cancel. Daily announcements are posted on our Facebook page at 7.30am each morning about any cancellations. We hope to see you soon on one of our dolphin watching ferries!

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