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“Great day whale watching”

The Cruise Terminal
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Owner description: Port Venture cruises has the largest boat in Port Macquarie- The River Princess, there is plenty of space to move around the boat. She has two different viewing levels.She has a number of enjoyable river experiences for you:-BBQ cruises- GO exploring up river and have your BBQ cooked for you as we travel. Enjoy morning tea along the way with an informative historic commentary. Lunch is a choice of fish or Steak, Salad, Sausage & bread roll for your lunch. This is a Great day out for any age or group. Boom net ride included.Eco History Cruises- Up into the Hastings river system. Enjoy our informative commentary about our history and environment whilst enjoying afternoon tea- (Enjoy cooling off in our Boom net. peak school holidays only)Optional upgrade to include a Devonshire tea whilst cruising :)Twilight/Sunset- Bring your own drinks and nibbles to enjoy on our picturesque waterway. Stunning time of day on an airy all weather boat. . Boom Net rides- summer months & peak times only We Have a Whale watching Boat The Ocean Adventure 1 that offers Daily Whale watching Trips from May to November and Ocean coast line Trips all year round. we offer Kayak/sup Hire all year round.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Australia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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“Great day whale watching”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Had a great time with Port Venture Cruises in Port Macquarie. My husband's birthday is in July so very easy present. The crew are very friendly and available to answer any question you might have. We followed the same two whales today and they were putting on a real show. We got close enough but not too close to view these creatures and it was fantastic. It's the second time I've chosen to go with Port Venture because they have a huge boat with plenty of room and are child friendly. Thanks Port for giving us perfect weather as well

Visited July 2013
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ChineseJunk, Manager at The Cruise Terminal, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to Post a review, we really appreciate it. Always nice to have the weather on our side too!
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Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
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“An enjoyable morning tea cruise on the Hastings River”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We took the two hour morning tea cruise on the Hastings River on the three tier lovely boat. We had just enough commentary from the female skipper to familiarise ourselves with the surroundings and the history of the district.. The crew are all professional, well informed and friendly. It was a lovely way to see moe of this beautiful area.

Visited June 2013
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ChineseJunk, Manager at The Cruise Terminal, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Always great to get feedback. I will certainly let the crew know. Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review :)
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Sydney, Australia
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“WOW - Whale Watching”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

My hubbie and I spend the June Long Weekend at Port Macquarie. We took the time to go on this tour which was incredible. The boat was lovely, very stable and offered great viewing platforms for all those beautiful whales. We saw around 7 Humpbacks which was incredible. The staff were informative and really pleasant

Visited June 2013
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ChineseJunk, Manager at The Cruise Terminal, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Thanks so much for the review, Great to hear the whales obliged with a great show. Regards Alison
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Tasmania, Australia
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“Whale Watching”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

This morning went out whale watching for the first time. Nice large boat but even so government regulations meant we had to wear our life jackets going out through the Bar. Smooth seas and we soon came across some whales. First saw them a long way off when one breached and huge water splash on the horizon. We were soon amongst them and boat driver kept us on course with them. Spectacular when they breach right out of the water and then they became inquisitive and came close to the boat to see us. We were about for 1 1/2 hours and cost was very reasonable just $50 for Adults. Great time and good commentary throughout. No doubt will be even better as whale watching season gets into full swing.

Visited May 2013
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aliPortmacquarie, Manager at The Cruise Terminal, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Many thanks for your thorough review. So glad you had a good time. Great that the whales were so interactive. We appreciate the time it took for you to do this. We hope to see you again. Don't forget to go and see the best pics of your trip on facebook. Album is dated. Kind regards Alison
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Bullaburra, NSW
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“Family Holiday Fun”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

We spent a great afternoon cruising the Port Macquarie waterways on New Year's Day (2013) - a very enjoyable family holiday outing. The kids loved the boom net ride. Our 12 year old had broken his hand on Christmas Day an therefore couldn't make full use of this great facility, so we have promised him we'll make a return for another cruise when we visit Port Macquarie again next Summer!
Overall a pleasant experience, would recommend to others.

Visited January 2013
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ChineseJunk, Manager at The Cruise Terminal, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Nicky, Many thanks for your review.
Would love to offer your 12 year old a free ride when you come back up , so that they can get the most out of the trip.
Look forward to seeing you in the summer time. Send me an email and I will send you a gift voucher so you dont miss out.
Kind Regards
Alison
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