On our second day at Tea Gardens, we woke up early to catch the ferry to Nelson Bay. We did not initially plan to go to Nelson Bay, until we saw a voucher included with our motel stay that provided a 2 for 1 return ferry ticket for AUD$20. That’s quite a deal considering the trip to Nelson Bay would take almost an hour. That worked out to be just AUD$5/person per trip! The ferry departs from Tea Gardens wharf (Marine Drive) at 9.30am, so we left our accommodation just after 9am and parked right next to the wharf. Since it was still early, we had some time to kill and walked around the pier while enjoying the nice morning scenery.
Path along the Tea Gardens wharf
Clear morning at Tea Gardens
What are these called?
Even though it was a weekend, there were not many people around this small town, giving us the much needed peace and quiet away from the city. The many birds chirping and pecking around, oblivious to us, also made us feel like we were part of the nature.
Pelican swimming in peace
Saucer enjoying the view of Port Stephens
One of the many piers along Tea Gardens Marine Drive
A picture with the pelicans in the background
With such gorgeous weather and quiet surroundings, we could spend hours just watching the birds and listening to the sound of the lapping waters. It was a feeling of tranquility at best. Once in a while, you would get the local couple or two walking their dog past us, while waving a friendly “Hi”.
Plenty of pelicans
Sun and sparkles in the morning
About 10 minutes before the ferry was due to start, we were asked to board. Payment was done on board and was a breeze once we showed them our voucher.
Our ferry is here
On the way to Nelson Bay
At Nelson Bay wharf
If you happen to be at Tea Gardens and are interested in the ferry service, do find out whether you can get some 2 for 1 vouchers from the local accommodation.
Tea Gardens – Hawks Nest – Nelson Bay Service:
From Tea Gardens
Departs Tea Gardens 9:30am and 2.30pm
From Hawks Nest (phone to confirm pick-up)
Departs Hawks Nest 9.45am and 2.45am
From Nelson Bay
Departs Nelson Bay 11:15am and 3.45pm
Return Fares: Adult $20, Concession $18, Child $10 (under 5 yrs old free), Family $50 (2 adults, 3 children)