Nova Cruises

Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours

Nova Cruises Pty Ltd, is a locally owned and operated business. offering ocean, harbour and river cruises from right in the heart of Newcastle. Their vessels ‘Bay Connections 1’ and ‘The Princess’, offer a wide range of scheduled cruises including Newcastle Whale Watching Cruises, Newcastle Harbour Lunch and Dinner Cruises, Hunter River Discovery Cruises, Bingo Cruises, and voyages to the historic inland shipping port of Morpeth and Raymond Terrace.

Nova Cruises also offers a range of exclusive cruises which allow private groups the opportunity to enjoy their private functions on the harbour or journey up the Hunter River to Raymond Terrace or Morpeth. Cruises for small groups, birthday parties, business functions, family functions, karaoke nights, or relaxing and exploring Newcastle Harbour with family and friends.

Nova Cruises now have wedding packages available to suit your individual needs. Call them now to receive a wedding brochure.


Boating Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Disabled access available Evening Family Food & Wine Full Day Half Day or Less International Land - Motorised Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours Visitor Information Centre


From $49 to $89

Explore the mighty Hunter River on a return journey from Newcastle to Raymond Terrace stopping at the Junction Inn Hotel for your choice of a hot plated lunch.

Marvel at the changing landscape from the city hustle along Newcastle’s foreshore through to the serenity of the Kooragang Wetlands.

The experienced crew provide up to date and Informative commentary, a home style Devonshire Tea is served en route while cruising past farmlands adjoining the river. You will witness the opening of Historic Hexham bridge and enjoy a hot roast lunch at the Junction Inn Hotel.


Bingo Afloat on Newcastle Harbour (three hours).

Departs the first Wednesday of each month, boarding at Lee Wharf Pontoon, No 5 Honeysuckle Drive, Lee Wharf Newcastle (next to Maritime Museum).

Your cruise includes the three hour cruise, Devonshire morning tea, plated lunch, desserts, games of bingo, trivia, ‘Name that Tune’, prize giveaways, table waiter service and Captains commentary.

Private charters available for groups of 50 or more.

From $35 to $60

A three hour Newcastle Whale Watch Cruise and Wildlife Expedition including bonus Newcastle Harbour and outer beach cruise. Excellent humpback whale and dolphin sighting rate (whale sightings May to November). Ocean going cruise including spectacular views of Stockton Beach, Sygna Wreck, Nobbys Headland, and Newcastle Beaches. Morning or afternoon tea, free fact sheets and live commentary included.

From $35 to $54

Enjoy all the sights Newcastle Harbour has to offer as you cruise the working port and picturesque foreshore. See the harbours coal loading facilities, tug boats and big ships up close.

Indulge in the freshly prepared buffet lunch consisting of seasoned roasted chicken, double smoked leg ham hand carved off the bone, fresh local prawns, and a selection of salads to compliment. Enjoy a selection of petit fours for dessert with complimentary tea and coffee or select from a full range of drinks available from the fully licensed bar.

Departs Every Sunday. Boarding at Lee Wharf pontoon, No 5 Honeysuckle Drive, Lee Wharf.

From $54 to $89

Return cruise to Morpeth with Nova Cruises. An eight hour tour including a 1.5 hour stopover in Morpeth to explore, shop and dine. Includes an informative commentary by the captain. You will witness the opening of Historic Hexham lift span bridge, enjoy Devonshire morning tea en route to Morpeth, includes admission to Morpeth Museum, a Morpeth Heritage Walk guide booklet and township map, and a local produce tasting served onboard (Morpeth fudge and sourdough). Wine tasting for Inner City Wines with cheese and crackers on return.


Get amongst the action on Newcastle’s famous harbour, the largest coal exporting port in the world, onboard Nova Cruises. Explore the wildlife sanctuary that is Hunter Wetlands Centre and learn about how Newcastle was shaped into the city it is today at Newcastle Museum.

Enjoy Devonshire morning tea as you explore Newcastle Harbour before heading up the Hunter River with Nova Cruises.

Join a guided tour, enjoying lunch at Spoonbill Cafe overlooking picturesque Hunter Wetlands Centre.

Learn about Newcastle’s rich natural, industrial and cultural history with a guided tour of the wondrous Newcastle Museum.

Scheduled cruises depart the last Thursday of each month. Private group tours are available Wednesday to Friday (minimum 20 people). Transfers between Nova Cruises, Hunter Wetlands, and Newcastle Museum included.

From $45 to $79

Cruise, dine and dance aboard our new vessel ‘The Princess’ whilst taking in the stunning back drop of Newcastle Harbour by night. Whether its for an intimate evening for two or a larger group we guarantee to provide an evening to remember. Enjoy a three course meal accompanied by live entertainment with licensed bar available on board. Bookings are essential.

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