Welcome aboard

Servicing the Port Stephens and Myall Coast community for over 30 years, The Original Tea Gardens Ferry aim to restore the iconic vessels to their heritage glory. Vessels our community can take pride in and ensure these historic ferries are available to enjoy for generations to come.

Our Mission

To provide an exceptional passenger experience onboard our beautiful timber vessels … its about the journey … and the destination

The Original Tea Gardens Ferry operates a daily return ferry service between Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens. Crossing the bay is a must for visitors and locals to the Port Stephens and Myall Coast Blue Water Wonderland. Our friendly knowledgeable crew will provide informative commentary while you take in the panoramic views of Port Stephens and The Myall River. Sit back and relax as we travel through Port Stephens Marine Park. Keep an eye out for some of our locals …. Dingoes, Turtles, Seabirds and the bay resident dolphins enjoy putting on a display for our passengers regularly.



Nelson Bay




Tea Gardens




Subject to weather conditions


Infants: 0-4

$5 return

Children: 4-14

$25 return

Adults: 15+

$40 return


$37 return


$25 return

Groups 20+:

$32 return

Push Bikes:

$10 return

Friendly pets welcome on a lead

Wheelchair access only available on MV Tea Gardens please check before booking

Golf Bag no problem and no charge but please remove any saddle bags and/or batteries from bikes.

Pricing subject to change without notice

Booking Information


  • Please arrive at least 15 mins prior to departure
  • If you are pre booked please have your booking confirmation with you
  • If you are booking with push bikes or golf clubs please advise prior to departure and please remember to remove any saddle bags or batteries
  • Nelson Bay departures from the public wharf 40 Victoria Parade Nelson Bay near Dolphin Cafe
  • Tea Gardens departures from public wharf 93 Marine Drive Tea Gardens opposite Tea Gardens Hotel
  • The Journey cross is approx 1 hour each direction
  • Parking Nelson Bay: 9 hour metered parking in wharf carpark,
    road side parking 4 hours metered
  • Unrestricted and unmetered parking available in Laman and Magnus Street approx. 10 minute walk to the public wharf 40 Victoria Parade Nelson Bay
  • Tea Gardens street parking is widely available