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Located on the Myall River, Tea Gardens is a lovely destination with a long and rich history. The journey across the bay takes approximately 1 hour (30 minutes across the bay and 30 minutes up the Myall River). The area has an abundance of bird and marine life, with dolphins spotted 95% of cruises along the way.

Explore the local art gallery and discover talented artists and photographers. Book a kayak tour and get up close and personal with the wonderful marine life in the area. Or enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants, cafes or Hotel on the waterfront. Throughout the year there are a number of festivals and events that you can enjoy.

The Ferry to Tea Gardens departs daily from Nelson Bay Public Wharf at 40 Victoria Parade. Our Pre-Boarding Area is located in front of the Dolphin Watch Cafe. Please check-in with our Crew on arrival. Book your seats online or call our booking line on 0412 682 117. We look forward to welcoming you on board!


Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Visitor Information Centre
The Visitor Information Centre is open 7 days a week between 9am and 4pm. Their friendly volunteer staff can answer any question you might have on what to do and where to go, along with historical information and maps. Their website also has a wealth of information.

245 Myall Street, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 0111 |

The Gallery
Set within lush shady gardens opposite the Myall River waterfront, The Gallery showcases artworks by the renowned Galleries in the Gardens artists. Works include paintings, ceramics, drawings, sculptures, etchings and prints, photography, jewellery, art cards and more! Open Wednesday to Monday, 10am to 4pm.

81 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324 |

Lazy Paddles Guided Tours & Kayak Hire
Just a 5 minute walk from the ferry, and launching from Anzac Park on the Myall River, Lazy Paddles provide guided tours, kayak and SUP hire.  Experience the tranquility of the mangroves, learn about the river’s history and observe wildlife up close. Available 7 days, call Jessica & Darren to book ahead.

Telephone : 0412 832 220 |

Ezy Kayaks and SUP Hire, Hawks Nest
Too ezy! Kayak and SUP hire, plus guided kayak tours on the Myall River. From the ferry enjoy a 15 min walk over the Singing Bridge to Ezy Kayaks launch site on Moira Parade. Safe sandy beach. Suitable for all ages. Experienced and Qualified Guides. Book ahead on the number below.

Telephone : 0414 337 246 |

The Oyster Hut
Port Stephens is famous for the delicious sweet oysters that thrive in its pristine waters, hop down to the Oyster Hut and grab some freshly shucked oysters to enjoy on the waterfront. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the ferry.

2 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324 | Telephone : 02 4997 0579

Fish Co-Op, Tea Gardens
Go direct and get the best! Fresh catch of the day straight to you. Located at the Singing Bridge, it’s just a short stroll from the ferry. BYO Sauvignon Blanc. PS expect to make some feathered friends, it’s a popular hangout for the local pelicans.

4 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324 | Telephone : 02 4997 0606

Marlin Fish & Tackle Shop, Tea Gardens
Not so much an attraction as a necessity! Located one street back from the river front, these guys have all you need to catch your next brag. Fishing licenses available from here, plus local knowledge to help you hook a delicious dinner.

201 Myall St, Tea Gardens NSW 2324 | Telephone : 02 4997 0237

Tea Gardens Country Club
Family-friendly with indoor and outdoor dining, the Country Club welcomes visitors and will organise their courtesy bus to pick you up from the ferry wharf. The bistro serves lunch daily, call ahead to organise your ride!

2 Yalinbah Street, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 0250 |

Hawks Nest Golf Club
Just over the Singing Bridge is Hawks Nest Golf Club, a championship rated 18 hole course with first class dining and amenities. Book ahead and their courtesy bus will meet you at the ferry. For group golfers we’ll organise an 8:30am departure out of Nelson Bay, and 5pm departure from Tea Gardens.

1 Sanderling Avenue, Hawks Nest NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 0145 |

Tea Gardens Hotel
Located across from the ferry wharf on the Myall River, Tea Gardens Hotel is family-friendly with a great beer garden and bistro serving local oysters and contemporary Australian cuisine. Famous for their fish cone and calamari cone, you can’t go wrong at Tea Gardens Hotel! Open 7 days.

Cnr Maxwell St & Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 0203 |

Mumms on the Myall
Nestled right on the rivers edge next to the Singing Bridge, Mumms serves amazing fresh local seafood 7 days a week. Their private wharf is also a very popular destination for the local pelicans. Book ahead in the summer months.

46 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 1162 |

Tea Gardens Boatshed Restaurant
Sitting over the water on Myall River, The Boatshed offers beautiful views and a delicious menu. They are fully licensed and open for breakfast and lunch 7 days per week. You can also hire a runabout to explore further up the river! Book ahead via their website below.

110 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 0307 |

Tillermans Cafe Restaurant
Hosts Kerry and Peter Hodges delight in showcasing local and regional produce. During summer you can enjoy a beautiful 3 course French inspired set menu for $35 per head.  Open for lunch Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun from 12pm. Bookings recommended.

77 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 0138 |

Hook n Cook Takeaway Fish Shop
This is no ordinary takeaway fish and chip shop! Eclectically decorated with marine antiques and oddities, there’s plenty to keep your attention while you wait for your delicious cooked-to-perfection seafood. Locally sourced, fresh, clean and sweet! Dine in or takeaway, beat the crowds and get in quick!

71 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 1899 | Visit their Facebook page

Myall River Bakery
Renowned for their award winning pies, Myall River Bakery is a short stroll up from the ferry wharf. Enjoy a delicious coffee and lunch in their outdoor sitting area. Mid-week (Wednesdays) you can grab a hot roast lunch for only $10! Bookings not required.

79 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 1099 | Visit their Facebook page

Mangrove Cafe
Mangrove Cafe is a family owned business located on the shores of the beautiful Myall River. Dine inside or outdoors, lunch is served 12pm to 2pm Monday to Saturday. Check their specials boards for daily menus. Grab yourself a BYO bottle of wine and enjoy the view!

83 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 0666 | Visit their Facebook page

Tea Gardens Ice Cream Shack
Step inside this delightful “Willy Wonker” style store and be tempted by a delicious range of over 40 ice creams, lollies and treats! Their cafe also serve gourmet sandwiches, burgers, wraps and crepes. Open 7 days, no bookings required.

79 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 02 4997 1990 | Visit their Facebook page

Vitamin Bead Clothing & Homewares
A gorgeous shop featuring hand-picked treasures from around the globe, and locally made Australian lemon-myrtle products. Adrienne and the girls would love to welcome you to their happy abode. Open 7 days, drop in after lunch and find something special for yourself or a loved one!

79 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Telephone : 0409 985 299 |

Circle of Friends Tea Gardens
Located just one street back from the river front, Circle of Friends in Tea Gardens has an incredible array of crystals and mineral specimens, as well as beautiful clothing and homewares. Truly worth a visit!

203 Myall Street, Tea Gardens NSW 2324 | Visit their Facebook page

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