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“the pub”(16 reviews)
“tea garden”(4 reviews)
“day trip”(8 reviews)
Nelson Bay Public Wharf, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia
+61 412 682 117
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All reviews the pub tea garden day trip trip takes hawks nest port stephens lovely trip takes about an hour relaxing cruise great commentary fish chips two hours pod of dolphins whale watching staff were friendly annie bay
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The ferry was very old and it takes an hour to get from Nelson Bay to Tea Gardens or visa versa. In saying that the captain was very friendly and had interesting information to share as we travelled. Him and his wife were lovely people....More

1  Thank Tracey H
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Took the ferry to Tea Gardens. We were a little disappointed as it was supposed to leave at 11am. It didn't dock until 11am and then they hung around until 11.20. It is an hour to Tea Gardens. it reduced our time at the other...More

1  Thank jules_w68
Reviewed 9 September 2018

A great way to see the Bay, took an hour to get there and back, and enjoyed a lovely lunch at Tea Gardens. Crew were very friendly with lots of local information, all up a very enjoyable day out!

1  Thank Therma68
Reviewed 3 September 2018

The lady in the office was so unpleasant that it put us off, then we saw how rusty and old the ferry was (only one available in winter) and our mind was made up that is not to go. The skipper was bent down fixing...More

Thank Martine H
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Took my parents to Tea Gardens to catch the ferry to Nelsons Bay return. What a lovely trip we had- very relaxing and beautiful scenery. Friendly and very helpful staff.

1  Thank Helen M
Reviewed 30 April 2018

A great way to see Port Stephens is by taking the ferry service between Tea Gardens and Nelsons Bay. A very relaxing cruise where you can see dolphins at play and take in fantastic scenery along the way.

4  Thank roldenburg
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved the ferry trip across to Tea Gardens! Good value for money with great scenery along the way.. Nice walk around Tea Gardens with great fish and chips to eat along the shore and a great little icecream/lolly shop there too. Will definitely do...More

2  Thank pudz24
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Really enjoyed our trip over to Tea Gardens to see friends for lunch (at the Boathouse). The ferry staff were delightful. Book ahead if you can, as you get priority boarding! Saw plenty of dolphins and they slowed down so you could get a good...More

2  Thank Helen Y
Reviewed 21 April 2018

We went on this ferry ride to Tea Gardens. It was a beautiful day and the trip there and back was a wonderful experience, the waters were calm and we spotted a number of dolphins - the skipper kindly slowed for photos and a closer...More

2  Thank Beryl R
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Having taken this cruise previously, we had expected a replica trip, nut unfortunately this was not to be. Because there were so many passengers, we had to travel on a larger ferry. Personally, I felt that this beautiful old tub should have been retired some...More

2  Thank Yvonne W
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8 September 2018|
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Response from Martine H | Reviewed this property |
No, passengers only. Would be fantastic to have a car ferry, it would allow to explore further to Hawks Nest for instance. Hard to do with no car.
1 October 2016|
Response from lisagaip |
Just a little walk
30 September 2016|
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Response from Grades69 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Robert, The ferry wharf is only about 50 metres to the pub and all flat. The wharf is ramped so no dramas with a wheel chair.