We had the perfect autumn day for our lunchtime cruise around Newcastle Harbour.
We were welcomed aboard the “Princess”, a 28.5 metre vessel, and shown our seats ready to cruise the harbour!
The vessel is licensed to carry 216 guests and has a fully enclosed air conditioned dining area with ample window viewing.
A spiral staircase allows for access to the upper deck where you can really take in the views.
This particular cruise commences at 12 noon and a buffet lunch is provided with an assortment of delicious cold meats, prawns and salads, dessert and tea and coffee. Onboard there is a licensed bar so you can enjoy a beer or wine while taking in the sights.
The captain provides a very informative commentary throughout the 2.5 hour cruise. The cruise takes you out to the end of Newcastle Breakwall with views back to Stockton Beach before heading up the North Channel of the Hunter River and up to the Stockton Bridge.
The Southern Channel of the Hunter River is where the coal ships dock to load and this is where you can see the coal loading facilities and cruise passed the big ships up close!
On the way back to Lee Wharf the captain announced a ship was entering the harbour and he would stay out so we could see the tugs working to bring it in. Big ships never get boring, we’ve seen many come into the harbour but you can’t help but get excited by the size of these things!
NEWCASTLE HARBOUR LUNCH CRUISE
Departs: Every Sunday from Lee Wharf Pontoon at Honeysuckle
Time: 12 noon
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: Adults $54 / Concession $49 / Children (0-17) $35
Nova Cruises offer many other cruise options, head over to their website for more details.
We had a great time aboard the Princess and highly recommend it to anyone wishing for a relaxing, and informative, afternoon on the water!
If you are looking for more sightseeing ideas in Newcastle, why not visit the Anzac Memorial Walk and take in the stunning coastal views.