With vessels operating from Port Stephens Harbour, Moonshadow - TQC offer a range of scheduled cruises and private charter options. In port or at sea, for whale or dolphin watching, lunch or dinner, corporate events, birthdays, weddings, Christmas parties... we cater to our clients needs with the best of cruises, value and food afloat.
Moonshadow-TQC Cruises has implemented the Last Straw Campaign
The Last Straw is a campaign to reduce the use of the plastic straws in venues around Australia. The campaign aims to tackle the issue from both sides- encouraging consumers to use less plastic straws and encouraging businesses to give out less straws through staff training and information. As one of the largest water-based Tour Operators on the NSW East Coast, we have a responsibility to our marine environment. We have engaged the ‘No Straw’ policy on 7 of our vessels running daily and moving on average 800-1500 passengers per day. As a coastal regional town, we encourage local businesses to also adopt the campaign. We all benefit from the efforts of plastic reduction. But to be active in carrying out policy, we can be a plastic reduced community seen to be taking the right step to becoming an eco-tourism destination.
Operates October – April, Sunday 10am. Additional times available please check with our office as schedule does vary. Available for Private Charter
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. Explore ashore on an island discovery walk to wildlife breeding areas, secluded coves and beaches. A full day, all-inclusive cruise.
A fun and interactive educational experience. There are two broad subjects to choose from - ‘Under the Sea′ and ‘Cruising Port Stephens′ An enthusiastic Education Officer is also available to accompany the students for a 45 min lesson on your chosen topic prior to the departure of your dolphin watch cruise.
Departs Daily at 10:30am or 1:30pm, additional 3:30pm cruises during Christmas to Easter and all other weekends and holidays throughout the year excluding winter.
Enjoy our 1.5hour Dolphin Discovery Cruise in search of our local bottle nose dolphins. Learn about our beautiful area, with live, fun and informative commentary from the Captain. Scenic harbour cruise including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. Boom net and twist and twirl slide available (Moonshadow V), with fully licensed bar, hot food and snack foods available. Complimentary Morning and Afternoon tea.
Departs Daily at 10:30am or 12:15pm
Enjoy our 1.5hour Dolphin Value Watch in search of our local bottle nose dolphins. Learn about our beautiful area, with live, fun and informative commentary from the Captain. Scenic harbour cruise including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. Boom net rides available, with fully licensed bar and snack foods available. Complimentary Morning and Afternoon tea.
Cruise across Port Stephens into the Myall River National Park, eagles, bushwalk. Fully escorted and interpreted. Wide variety of coastal vegetation, fascinating ecology and history, aboriginal stories, lots of wildlife and stunning reflections. Cruise of Port Stephens, ecological effects of oyster industry, historic Tahlee and Carrington, and our course our stunning Western Harbour.
Calling all Cutthroat Scurvy Sea Dogs. Legends say there is loads of a buried treasure in Port Stephens, but we will need to work as a team! So, join Moonshadow-TQC Cruises at d′Albora Marina, Nelson Bay where we will be setting off for a great action packed teambuilding adventure.
Your mission - To identify and secure the bases hidden within Nelson Bay. Work as a team to decipher codes and make your way to the secret Spy Headquarters without being detected. This is a race against time and other Secret Agent Teams if captured, all knowledge of your existence will be denied!
Operates all year-round Wednesday, Friday & Saturdays (Saturdays only during Winter)
Moonshadow-TQC Cruises Twilight Dinner Cruise: A perfect dining experience for all occasions. Enjoy appetisers on arrival, followed by a modern Australian buffet. Dance the night away with live entertainment and purchase a drink from our fully licensed bar. Two decks of indoor restaurant style seating plus an alfresco top deck to enjoy breathtaking views.
Operates May – November 10am, 11am or 1:30pm
This cruise is weather Dependant. Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure on the 2.5 - 3hour Whale Watch Cruise in search for the Humpback whale, as they pass close to Port Stephens annually on the longest migration by any mammal. Ocean going cruise including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands and the outer Islands with a chance to sight Common Oceanic Dolphins or our Local Bottle Nose Dolphins along with sea birds, fur seals and more. Fully licensed bar and snack foods available. Complimentary Morning and Afternoon tea.