The Cruise Tour is a combined port and offshore adventure boat experience. Departing from Harbour Square Boat Dock along the Honeysuckle Foreshore. The tour visits the major areas around Australia’s third largest port before heading offshore along the scenic Hunter Coastline, stopping at Newcastle’s key destination landmarks along the way.
The Cruise Tour offers a unique interpretation of the history of the Port, the City, the marine life which inhabit the coastline, local geology, Aboriginal heritage as well as significant destination landmarks including wrecks, ocean baths, cliffs and ships.
The Port of Newcastle is considered to be one of the world’s leading ports, with more than 4000 vessel movements per year. The Port has a rich maritime history as it has been in operation for over 200 years. In 2017, the Port of Newcastle handled 167 million tonnes of trade.
Authentic Port of Newcastle experience
Unique interpretation of the Hunter Coast
Unobstructed views 360° views
Safe and comfortable eco-tourism vessel
The Cruise Tour visits the Adolphe Shipwreck at Stockton. Only two years after it was it built, the Adolphe was swept by heavy seas onto rocks at the Oyster Bank in 1904. Miraculously all 32 crew were saved thanks to the skilled lifeboat crew. The tour also visits The Bogey Hole, the earliest known purpose-built ocean swimming pool in Australia, which was hand-hewn out of the rock by convicts in the early 1800's. On the way, we take in views of the historic WW2 fortifications, Fort Scratchley, Shepherds Hill and Strzelecki lookout.
The Tour finishes roughly ten kilometres down the Hunter Coastline, between the Merewether Ocean Baths (now a national surfing reserve) and Glenrock Lagoon, which is closely associated with Newcastle’s early coal history (including the former Burwood colliery rail line and tunnel).
Passengers will then return to Honeysuckle, before enjoying the rest of their journey in Newcastle with plenty of time left to explore our beautiful city!