Trial Bay welcomes new expedition vessel arrival

24 October 2018

Locals in South West Rocks will today welcome passengers and crew as Caledonian Sky anchors off Trial Bay for the first time.

With 90 passengers and a crew of 78, the ship is on a circumnavigation of Australia. Trial Bay is the first call in NSW before making its way to Newcastle, Batemans Bay and Eden.

The Member for Oxley and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said locals were excited to shocase their iconic heritage.

“Passengers and crew will enjoy a guided tour of Trial Bay gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse, explore our pristine beaches and wander along headland walkways,” Mrs Pavey said.


  • Around 90 passengers will be transferred ashore in zodiacs to the beach at South West Rocks
  • Trial Bay is one of 19 stops Caledonian Sky will make in Australia
  • Kempsey Shire Council, the Port Authority of NSW and Roads and Maritime Services have worked together to ensure passengers have a memoriable visit.
  • NSW’s cruise industry supports 12,800 jobs and injects $1.6 billion into our economy each year
  • The peak cruise season runs from October 2018 until the end of April 2019
  • Cruise continues to be the fastest growing tourism sector in Australia.

This season NSW will enjoy a 52% increase in luxury boutique vessel visits. 

1.34 million Australians set sail last year – more than three quarters enjoyed a cruise within Australian waters helping local economies.

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