Port Stephens Ferry Service run three vessels, with two being historic wooden ferries that have been in operation since the mid 1900's. Learn more about their rich history & view the old photos below!
Built in Victoria in the 1950s as “Bluebird” (along with sister “Bluebell”) for use on Lakes Entrance. Jesse is constructed of Huon Pine and is one of only two well deckers still operating in a traditional ferry role in New South Wales. She is capable of carrying 72 passengers.
MV Tea Gardens has a long and colorful history. Originally built as a bomb scow for the RAAF during World War II, she was converted to a ferry at Putney in 1945, along with sister vessels Challenger Head & Edith Walker. In 1948 she was sold to the Hawkesbury River Tourist Services, where she ran for many years. The Port Jackson and Manly Steamship Company then purchased her for use on their Pittwater service. In 1970 she was sold to Palm Beach and Bobbin Head Ferries, before returning to the Manly company in mid 1974. In 1980 she was renamed Melissa and put into service for the Palm Beach Ferry Service, servicing the Basin, Currawong and Great Mackeral Beach area. She was then sold to Port Stephens Ferry Service, and today runs between Nelson Bay, Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens. She carries 150 passengers.
Simba II is a 12 metre cruise boat, licensed to carry 70 passengers, with upper and lower decks for panoramic viewing of the magnificent scenery and enjoying the magic of the dolphins swimming around Simba. Simba II is available for exclusive charter for every kind of function or social occasion, cruising to the destination of your choice; Moffatts Oyster Barn, Karuah, Port Stephens, Myall River, Tea Gardens or the Myall Lakes. Catering is available with special rates for groups.