Port Stephens Ferry Service, Nelson Bay

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Crossing over to stunning Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest is a must for visitors to the Port Stephens blue water wonderland.

Port Stephens Ferry Service runs daily return charters to Tea Gardens, featuring informative commentary and open panoramic viewing of the Port Stephens spectacular dolphin and wildlife population.

Sit back and relax while crossing the pristine water of port Stephens and up into the Myall River observing the resident Bottlenose Dolphins along the way.

On the northern side you can enjoy a meal at one of the many eateries or explore the tranquil village of Tea Gardens before returning in the afternoon.

Soak up the atmosphere as you enjoy your adventure onboard our vessels!

Ferry departs from Public Wharf Nelson Bay near the Game Fish Weigh Station and the Tea gardens Wharf opposite the Hotel. Eftpos/Credit Cards are welcome.

Be eye to eye with the dolphins seen 90% of the time

More informative commentary on the history of the Myall River, Winda Woppa and our beautiful harbour.

Experience the wildlife of Over 200 species including Birds, Dingoes, Eagles and kangaroos.

Walk over the Singing Bridge to Hawks Nest Shops, Golf Course and beaches or climb Yacaaba Headland and enjoy spectacular views of Port Stephens..

Enjoy lunch at one of the many riverside Restaurants, Cafes or Takeaways. The local pub also allows our ferry passengers to use their pool.

You can take your bike and experience the beauty of the Myall Lakes National Parks, or just relax beside the river.

Fun for the entire family and a great way to Port Stephens. Enjoy our breathtaking blue water paradise.

Come onboard and have an adventure as you go back in time enjoying the scenic history. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Port Stephens Ferry Service by using our Nelson Bay sightseeing planner.
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  • Enjoyed the scenery but disappointed re lack of commentary and unlike a trip taken 5 years ago no attempt to see dolphins. There is another ferry service and apparently they saw dolphins. Lunch at....  more »
  • What a wonderful trip we had on the 14th July even though it was cloudy,the operators of this vessel are professional, very polite and made our experience very special and Covid sage. On the way back....  more »
  • Such a great day going to and from Tea Gardens. Staff were wonderful. Don’t try and buy your tickets from the booking agency office as the grumpy woman is no help. The lady from the ferry sits near the coffee shop at the back selling tickets or you can book via phone. Great day out and we saw many dolphins.
  • We took the ferry from Nelson Bay to Tea Gardens. Very efficient service. I recommend sms on the day before your trip to secure your spot during peak periods.. We saw dolphins and spectacular views of the bay.
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