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Port Stephens Ferry Service
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“the pub”(17 reviews)
“tea garden”(4 reviews)
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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 trip takes port stephens hawks nest relaxing cruise lovely trip takes about an hour great commentary saw dolphins two hours fish chips pod of dolphins whale watching staff were friendly annie skipper
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Today Sunday the wife and I with friends wanted to take the ferry from Nelson Bay so we went to the booking office there we were told that the ferry was not running and told of an other vessel the lady in the booking office...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great day crosssing from Port Stephens, Nelson's Bay, to Tea Gardens. The boat is old and full of character. The seats look as if they were salvaged from an old cinema but quite comfortable. The fellah who we had a running comentary...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank dasmo
Reviewed 5 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jules_w68
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: January 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2017
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Beryl R
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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.