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Historical Port Stephens with John 'Stinker' Clarke

Join 'Stinker' at Fingal Island, Broughton Island and onboard our Western Harbour Cruise


Current Historical Cruise Dates

Wednesday 16th June - Broughton Island Historical

Tuesday 22nd June - Fingal Island Historical

Wednesday 14th July - Broughton Island Historical

Wednesday 28th July - Western Harbour Historical

Tuesday 31st August- Fingal Island Historical


( Please note our regular Broughton Island Cruises are also running throughout the Summer season  Wednesdays and Sundays)

Fingal and Broughton Island Cruises

Moonshadow-TQC Cruises and John ‘Stinker’ Clarke, two synonymous names in Port Stephens have joined forces to bring to ‘real life’ the Historical Cruise Series.

We are delighted to be collaborating with local historian, author and radio personality, John ‘Stinker’ Clarke on our new Historical Cruise Series

Climb aboard with Moonshadow-TQC Cruises in Nelson Bay for the cruises to either to beautiful Fingal Island,  Broughton Island or our Western Harbour Cruise.

John breathes life into these fascinating locations and we are looking forward to welcoming passengers on board to visit, learn, and explore our incredible backyard with one of its most renowned neighbours.

Moonshadow-TQC Cruises have been granted access to Fingal Lighthouse by National Parks, giving passengers a once in a lifetime opportunity to climb to the top and take in the extraordinary 360 views of the Port Stephens waterways and beyond. With John’s informative and fascinating commentary and personal experiences on the island, this is truly a unique experience for our passengers.

As you explore this unique lighthouse, lighthouse keepers quarters and nearby bays, hear fascinating stories of the area's past.

The guided tour, by John ‘Stinker’ Clarke focuses on the light keepers, their families and their experiences as well as fascinating stories surrounding the lighthouse

Enjoy a picnic box lunch (included) Be sure to bring your camera to capture amazing coastal views ( Fingal and Broughton Cruises)

Western Harbour Cruise

On our Western Harbour Cruise travel on MV Spirit of Port as we delve into the remarkable history of the Port’s Oyster Farming stories and local characters. Journey through the estuaries and foreshores on route to Karuah, we will pass Pindimar, Fame Cove, North Arm Cove, hear the stories behind Tahlee House, the Bible College, the challenges facing the Oyster growing industry over the years.

Arrive on the shores of the beautiful Karuah River, where we will be transferred to the newly renovated Karuah RSL for a light lunch and return to Nelson Bay via Soldiers Point, Salamander Bay, Corlette. A truly unique and fascinating exploration of the Western Harbour of Port Stephens. Western Harbour Cruise -28th July 2021

Call our office for details or bookings +61(02)4984 9388

Historical Broughton Island Cruise

Historical Series Broughton Island with John'Stinker' Clarke 


Wednesday 16th June 2021

Wednesday 14th July 2021

(Regular Cruising to the island also available -Wednesdays & Sundays from October 2021)

  • The Broughton Island Historical Cruise is approximately 6 hours duration
  • 10am returning between 3.30-4pm
  • Packed lunch included (Gourmet roll or wrap, 1 piece of fruit, 2 snack bars, and a cheese and biscuit pack)
  •  Numbers are limited so bookings are essential
  • Spectacular island and coastal scenery
  • Explore ashore on an island discovery walk with John 'Stinker' Clarke through wildlife breeding areas, secluded coves and beaches and past the historical huts
  • Snorkelling (bring your own equipment), swimming and Island walks
  • Opportunity to see different species of dolphins as well as  penguins, seals, turtles and much more...
  • Water slide, boom net rides
  • Licensed bar and snacks available
  •  Numbers are limited so bookings are essential
  • Vessel / MV Spirit of Port
  • Adults: $149


Historical Fingal Lighthouse Cruise

Historical Series Fingal Island with John'Stinker' Clarke


    Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Tuesday 31st August 2021

  • The Fingal Island Lighthouse Tour Cruise is approximately 5hrs in duration
  • Leaving at 10.30am returning between 3.00-3.30pm
  • Packed lunch included (Gourmet roll or wrap, 1 piece of fruit, 2 snack bars, and a cheese and biscuit pack)
  •  Numbers are limited so bookings are essential
  • Vessel / MV Spirit of Port
  • Adults: $149

Call our office for details or bookings +61 02 4984 9388

Historical Western Harbour Cruise

Historical Series Western Harbour with John'Stinker' Clarke


Wednesday 28th July 2021

  • The Western Harbour Cruise is approximately 7hrs in duration
  • Leaving at 9.30am and returning between 4.00pm
  • A light lunch at the newly renovated Karuah RSL
  •  Numbers are limited so bookings are essential
  • Vessel / MV Spirit of Port
  • Adults: $89

Call our office for details or bookings (02)4984 9388

  • These cruises are not recommended for children under 5 yrs of age
  • Any dietary requirements must be noted at time of booking
  • Please wear sensible walking shoes
  • Please bring sunscreen, hat, camera and suitable back-pack to carry lunch pack provided and additional water
  • Bring water or bottled water available for purchase
  • The walk on the Islands will require a moderate level of fitness. There are sand tracks, and some uneven footing on the walks
  • The walk on Fingal will require a moderate level of fitness. There are steep stairs to in the lighthouse, and some uneven footing on the walks.
  • There is a short, steep incline at the beginning of the walk to access the island
  • There is a transfer from main vessel to a tender vessel which lands on the beach
  • It is recommended to those who suffer or may suffer from motion sickness, take necessary precautions prior to boarding
  • Menu subject to change without notice (items may differ between cruises)
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