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Published June 12th 2013
Great way to learn and laze on a sunny day
Port Hacking ferry tours are run by Cronulla Ferries. These tours are a great way to introduce yourself to the Port Hacking River area as well as friends visiting Sydney. The scenery of the Royal National Park will enchant those who love a good view.
Cronulla Ferries run regular daily services from Gunnamatta Bay in Cronulla to the Bundeena Wharf. This vintage ferry is the oldest commuter ferry running to a daily timetable in Australia. These are a great way to visit Bundeena if you rely on public transport or want to save on petrol.
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Cronulla Ferries run varied tour cruises down the Port Hacking River. These tours include the twice monthly 4 hour live music cruise, the 3 hour Port Hacking Scenic Tour and dining tours for every meal and occasion.
The 3 Hour Scenic cruise begins at 10.30am and finishes at 1.30pm. This tour aboard the historic Tom Thumb III, winds its way down the Port Hacking, taking in the magnificent houses, scenic areas and the local wildlife of the area. Throughout the tour you will be given a running commentary, with your friendly guide pointing out all the objects of interest and strange anecdotes. For example, did you know there was once a rich and eccentric old lady who lived in Burraneer Bay with her own personal zoo and a place to tie up convicts? Bet you didn't.
Beautiful way to spend a sunny day
Aboriginal sites are pointed out, as well as any other points of historical interest. Those interested in Flinders' 1796 journey down the Port Hacking will enjoy retracing his voyage. Depending on the tide, the cruise can reach as far as the Audley Weir.
You are provided with basic coffee and tea making facilities with extra refreshments available for a small price. I recommend bringing along a sandwich to eat along the way in case you feel like something a bit more substantial.
If you are interested in further research, there are albums of historic photographs and articles available to peruse during the journey. Books and a small guidebook are also made available.
The Scenic tours cost $20 for Concession, $25 for Adults and $70 for a family. Scenic tour cruises run daily during summer (September to May) and on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday during winter. Cruises aren't available during the July school holidays.
All dining cruises offer a delightful menu for an extra fee. Bookings are essential for all cruises. The vessels are also available for private charter, offering cruises for all occasions.
Parking is ample at Gunnamatta Bay and all the vessels have toilets on board. The wharf is just below Cronulla train station, making this tour very easy to access via public transport. Once the tour is finished, it is only a short distance to the main street of Cronulla, which offers a variety of food and shopping experiences.