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Moonshadow Cruises - Nelson Bay

With 34 years experience and the largest vessels in Port Stephens and Newcastle, Moonshadow Cruises gets you close to the action quickly and safely!

Meet the resident dolphins and ride the boom net on the daily dolphin watching cruise (lunch available), with a 99 per cent success rate in dolphin sightings! Get up close and personal with friendly giants on the whale watching cruise (May to November).

Enjoy live entertainment and a sumptuous buffet dinner on the twilight dinner cruise - Port Stephens and Newcastle floating restaurant. Or join the Broughton Island cruise for snorkelling and relaxing on the beach (late September to April).

Explore Newcastle Harbour aboard the Lunch Cruise or Newcastle Harbour City Sights and Sounds Cruise. Make your next special event a private charter aboard Moonshadow Cruises. Combine adventures with a cruise and 4WD sand dune tour at Stockton Bight.

For more information: www.moonshadow.com.au
Tours

1.5 Hour Dolphin Watch Cruise

Moonshadow Cruises 1.5 hour Dolphin Watching Cruise has a 99 per cent success rate in dolphin sightings. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea, boom net rides, entertaining and informative commentary and scenic harbour cruise including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands.

Departs daily at 10.30am and 1.30pm (except Christmas Day), with an additional 3.30pm cruise during Christmas and Easter School Holidays.

Plus the twist, twirl and splash water slide! (Moonshadow V only).

Ask about the buffet lunch served daily on board in between the morning and afternoon cruises (so you can have lunch after the morning cruise or prior to the afternoon cruise). A hot and cold buffet cooked fresh on board by the Chefs. A feast of chicken, fish, salads, tropical fruit platter and more!
Start Location Cruise Departure Location, Nelson Bay
Highlights Cruise Return Location, Nelson Bay
Travel by Catamaran
Duration Half Day or less.
Price $14.50-$28.00 Price Range Adults AUD28.00. Senior/Student AUD23.00. Child (four to14 years) AUD14.50. Family (two adults and two children) AUD70.50. Infant (under four years) free.

2.5 to Three Hour Whale Watch Cruise

Port Stephens enjoys an excellent whale season and Moonshadow Explorer is the largest whale watch vessel in the bay, purpose built for ocean cruises. With two viewing decks you can rest assure you're getting the best view of these friendly giants.

You will never forget seeing the awesome bulk of a humpback whale, 15 metres long and weighing 40 tonnes! Being the most surface active of all the whales, it is highly likely that you will see spectacular displays - spyhops, pectoral slaps, body rolls and the breathtaking breach.

Enjoy morning or afternoon tea with a hot soup on the return cruise, entertaining and informative commentary and a bonus dolphin and outer island cruise - two cruises for the price of one.
Start Location Boat Departure, Nelson Bay
Highlights Boat Return Location, Nelson Bay
Travel by Catamaran
Duration Half Day or less.
Price $27.00-$63.00 Price Range Adult AUD63.00. Senior AUD53.00. Student AUD53.00. High School Student AUD42.00. Child (four to 14 years) AUD27.00. Family (two adults and two children) AUD153.00. Children under four years free of charge.

2.5 Hour Nelson Bay Twilight Dinner Cruise

Moonshadow Cruises Twilight Dinner Cruise is the perfect dining experience for all occasions. Enjoy appetisers on arrival, followed by a modern Australian buffet featuring a large variety of seafood, Hunter meats and vegetarian options. Tempting desserts, tea and coffee are also included. All meals are prepared fresh onboard by their talented chefs.

Dance the night away with fabulous live entertainment and purchase a drink from the fully licensed bars. Two decks of indoor restaurant style seating plus an al fresco top deck to enjoy breathtaking sunsets and moonrises. Keep an eye out for the dolphins who love to ride the bow waves.

Departure dates vary, please see the web site for further information.
Start Location Boat Depart Location, Nelson Bay
Highlights Boat Return Location, Nelson Bay
Travel by Catamaran
Duration Night.
Price $25.50-$69.00 Price Range Adult AUD69.00. Senior AUD63.00. Student AUD63.00. High School Student AUD43.00. Child (four to 14 years) AUD25.50. Family (two adults and two children) AUD163.50. Children under four years free of charge.

6.5 to Seven Hour Broughton Island National Park Outer Island Cruise

If you are looking for a full day of cruising, snorkelling, swimming, exploring and eating, you can't go past the Broughton Island National Park Cruise.

Take in the spectacular island and coastal scenery as the boat makes its way to Broughton Island. Enjoy a fabulous ploughmans style buffet lunch on board (or take it onto the island) plus morning and afternoon tea. After lunch explore ashore on an island discovery guided walk to wildlife breeding areas, secluded coves and beaches or enjoy your time relaxing on the beach or in the water.

Bring your snorkelling equipment and enjoy the crystal clear waters, enjoy swimming or just relaxing on the beach.

On the return journey (time permitting) enjoy boom-net rides and bonus dolphin watch.
Start Location Cruise Depart Location, Nelson Bay
Highlights Broughton Island National Park, Port Stephens Cruise Return Location, Nelson Bay
Travel by Motor Vessel
Duration Full Day.
Price $48.00-$89.00 Price Range Adult AUD89.00. Senior/Student AUD79.00. High School Student AUD58.00. Child (four to 14 years) AUD48.00. Family (two adults and two children) AUD231.00. Children under four years free of charge.

1.5 Hour Newcastle Harbour City Sights and Sounds Cruise

The Newcastle Harbour City Sights and Sounds is set to become an iconic tour and must do activity in Newcastle.

Join this 1.5 hour cruise and explore the largest coal export harbour in the world. Experience the best views of the working waterfront from any of the three decks on board Moonshadow IV. Take in the amazing sight as a 300 metre bulk carrier navigates the harbour with the assistance from tugboats. Their professional and entertaining commentary will leave you with an excellent understanding of the ports operation and a new appreciation of the remarkable Newcastle Harbour.

Enjoy a complimentary and delicious morning or afternoon tea, or purchase a drink or snack from the fully licensed bar.
Start Location Cruise Departure Location, Wickham
Highlights Cruise Departure Location, Wickham
Travel by Catamaran
Duration Half Day or less.
Price $13.50-$26.00 Price Range Adults AUD26.00. Senior/Student/Concession AUD21.00. Child (four to 14 years) AUD13.50. Family (two adults and two children) AUD65.50. Infant (under four years) free.

2.5 Hour Newcastle Twilight Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a night of great food and great live entertainment!

Take in the harbour sights and city lights while you cruise Newcastle Harbour. Appetisers on arrival, followed by a gala buffet featuring fresh local seafood, Hunter meats, vegetables, salads, and tempting desserts. Two bars on board and entertainment included.

Cruising Newcastle Harbour Saturday nights plus Thursday and Friday nights during November and December.
Start Location Cruise Departure Location, Wickham
Highlights Cruise Departure Location, Wickham
Travel by Catamaran
Duration Night.
Price $25.50-$69.00 Price Range Adult AUD69.00. Senior AUD63.00. Student AUD63.00. High School Student AUD43.00. Child (four to 14 years) AUD25.50. Family (two adults and two children) AUD163.50. Children under four years free of charge.

Three Hour Newcastle Lunch Cruise

Cruise around Newcastle Harbour, past the foreshore and headlands, see the huge cargo ships, Stockton, the marina and the developments along Honeysuckle while enjoy a delicious meal. Enjoy a hot and cold buffet lunch prepared freshly on board by our chefs and sit back with a drink from one of the two bars. Moonshadow IV has two decks of indoor restaurant style seating, open air top deck and bow area.

Departing the second Sunday of the month, this is a cruise not to be missed.

Additional Cruises are available during November or December and on demand with large group bookings.
Start Location Cruise Departure Location, Wickham
Highlights Cruise Departure Location, Wickham
Travel by Catamaran
Duration Half Day or less.
Price $27.00-$62.00 Price Range Adult AUD62.00. Senior/Student AUD57.00. High School Student AUD37.00. Child (four to 14 years) AUD27.00. Family (two adults and two children) AUD151.00. Children under four years free of charge.

Dolphin Watching Cruise + Sandboarding Combo

Save when you combine a Moonshadow Dolphin Watch Cruise with a Port Stephens 4WD 1 hour Sandboarding Tour. Port Stephens two must do activities!

Cruise Port Stephens Harbour for 1.5 hours on your dolphin watch cruise (99% sighting rate, plus boomnet rides, morning or afternoon tea and full commentary).

AND ... Venture onto the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes by purpose built 4WD (look for the red buses) to 40 metre high sand dunes where boards, instruction and supervision are provided ... your ultimate adventure!

Note: Tours may be completed in 1 day or over 2 days. Passengers must make their own way to both activities
Start Location Cruise Departure Location, Nelson Bay Sandboarding Adventure Departure Location, Anna Bay
Highlights Cruise Departure Location, Nelson Bay Sandboarding Adventure Departure Location, Anna Bay
Travel by Catamaran, Coaster
Duration Half Day or less.
Price $34.50-$47.50 Price Range Adult AUD47.50. Senior/Student AUD41.50. Child (four to 14 years) AUD34.50. Family (two adults and two children) AUD132.00. Children under four years free of charge.

Whale Watching and Sandboarding Adventure

Save when you combine a Moonshadow Whale Watch Cruise with a Port Stephens 4WD one hour Sandboarding Tour. Port Stephens two must do adventures!

You won't forget the sight of a 15 metre, 40 tonne humpback whale! Also included is a cruise of Port Stephens Outer Islands, morning or afternoon tea and full commentary. You might even see the local bottlenose dolphins, oceanic dolphins, offshore seabirds, minke, pilot or Southern right whales.

And venture onto the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes by purpose built 4WD to 40 metre high sand dunes where boards, instruction and supervision are provided - your ultimate soft adventure!

Tours may be completed in one day or two days. Please note that you must make your own way to and from activities.
Start Location Sandboarding Adventure Departure Location, Anna Bay Cruise Departure Location, Nelson Bay
Highlights Cruise Departure Location, Nelson Bay Sandboarding Adventure Departure Location, Anna Bay
Travel by Catamaran, Coaster
Duration Full Day.
Price $42.50-$78.50 Price Range Adult AUD78.50. Senior/Student AUD67.50. High School Student AUD58.50. Child (four to 14 years) AUD42.50. Family (two adults and two children) AUD210.00. Children under four years free of charge.

Dolphins and Dunes Package

Book the newest Port Stephens Combo Tour covering the two must do activities in Port Stephens.

Enjoy a 1.5 hour Dolphin Watch Cruise aboard Moonshadow Cruises, but the adventure does not stop there. Enjoy a one hour Sandboarding/Quad Bike Tour with Sand Dune Adventures.

Timings are flexible and the package can be broken up over several days, but must be used within seven days. Passengers must make their own way to and from activities.

Upgrade available to include Lunch aboard the Dolphin Watch Cruise. Upgrade available to a Whale Watching Cruise (seasonal). Upgrade available to add additional time to the Quad Bike Tour (minimum numbers required).
Start Location QuadBike Departure, Williamtown Cruise Departure, Nelson Bay
Highlights QuadBike Departure Location, Williamtown Cruise Departure Location, Nelson Bay
Travel by Catamaran, Motorcycle
Duration Full Day.
Price $76.00-$132.00 Price Range Adult AUD132.00. Child AUD76.00 (seven to 14 years). Tour not suitable for children under seven years. Additional charges apply for upgrades. Please speak with operator at time of booking.

Four Hour Nelson Bay Twilight Dinner Cruise

This cruise is available only on Friday and Saturday nights during November and December.

Moonshadow Cruises Twilight Dinner Cruise is the perfect dining experience for all occasions. Enjoy appetisers on arrival, followed by a modern Australian buffet featuring a large variety of seafood, Hunter meats and vegetarian options. Tempting desserts, tea and coffee are also included. All meals are prepared fresh onboard by their talented chefs.

Dance the night away with fabulous live entertainment and purchase a drink from the fully licensed bars. Two decks of indoor restaurant style seating plus an al fresco top deck to enjoy breathtaking sunsets and moonrises. Keep an eye out for the dolphins who love to ride the bow waves.
Start Location Boat Depart Location, Nelson Bay
Highlights Boat Return Location, Nelson Bay
Travel by Cruise Ship
Duration Half Day or less, Night.
Price $31.50-$75.00 Price Range Adult AUD75.00. Senior AUD69.00. Student AUD69.00. High School Student AUD49.00. Child (four to 14 years) AUD31.50. Family (two adults and two children) AUD181.50. Children under four years free of charge.

Four Hour Newcastle Dinner Cruise

This tour is only available on Friday and Saturday nights in November and December.

Enjoy a night of great food and great live entertainment!

Take in the harbour sights and city lights while you cruise Newcastle Harbour. Appetisers on arrival, followed by a gala buffet featuring fresh local seafood, Hunter meats, vegetables, salads, and tempting desserts. Two bars on board and entertainment included.
Start Location Boat Depart Point, Newcastle
Highlights Boat Return Point, Newcastle
Travel by Cruise Ship
Duration Night.
Price $31.50-$79.00 Price Range Adult AUD79.00. Senior AUD74.50. Student AUD74.50. High School Student AUD59.00. Child (four to 14 years) AUD31.50. Family (two adults and two children) AUD189.50. Children under four years free of charge.
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