The “Curranulla” was designed and built by the well-known shipbuilders Morrison and Sinclair of Balmain, Sydney for the Cronulla ferry service owned by Captain Robert Ryall. The “Curranulla” was purpose built for the shallow and rough water of Port Hacking with a 3’6″ of draft. The 53′ timber ferry was constructed of carvel planking with clenched nails and was powered by a 66-horse power 3-cylinder K3 hand start Kelvin diesel giving a top speed of seven knots.
She was commissioned on the 12th May 1939 for the Cronulla to Bundeena ferry run and her engine was converted to a 5LW Gardner in 1986.
The “Curranulla” is now the oldest commuter ferry in Australia working to a regular timetable providing an hourly ferry service between Cronulla and Bundeena.
The “M.V. Tom Thumb III” was built in Forster N.S.W by Alf Jahnsan and was powered with a 4LW Gardner engine. She was commissioned on the 26th September 1946. In 1952 she was purchased by Cliff Mallam and moved to Cronulla where she had her engine converted to a small 4 cylinder Kelvin engine.
She retained her name of “Alma G” for a while and was then re named the “Gymea” before becoming the “Tom Thumb III” in 1982. Also in 1982 she had her engine changed to a 5LW Gardner engine. The “Tommy” as she is affectionately referred to, is fitted with 2 toilets and a small open area at the front of the vessel.
The “Tom Thumb III” is our daily 3 hour scenic river cruise vessel, putting up the Hacking River from Cronulla to Audley (Royal National Park) and also our support vessel for the daily school children run between Cronulla to Bundeena.
The Gunnamatta is a modern twin deck twin engine 14.9 metre catamaran with a luxurious interior. She was built in 1989 by Broadwater Craft in Nerang on the Gold Coast catering for 120 passengers. When the Gunnamatta was completed she made her way to the Hacking arriving in February 1990. The vessel is surrounded by large glass windows, it allows for panoramic views of the stunning Port Hacking River scenery as we glide along. It also has a large open upper sundeck, allowing our guests to experience the full wonder of this beautiful waterway.
The Gunnamatta is licensed for 80 guests and the vessel is fully equipped with galley facilities, a fully licensed and well stocked bar, four toilets and comfortable seating on both decks. The Gunnamatta’s crew are renowned for providing friendly service and fabulous gourmet food.
The Gunnamatta is also available for private charters, Christmas parties, birthday parties and corporate functions. Menus range from cocktail service to lavish buffets with gourmet salads, succulent meats or the freshest seafood with delicious desserts (prepared on board by our qualified chef).