Bit of holiday fun: Notorious vessel at Nelson Bay


Matt Johnstone from Atlantis Port Stephens.
Matt Johnstone from Atlantis Port Stephens.

FOR the history-minded, and those with a sense of adventure,these school holidays you have the chance to explore a little slice of the past.

From Friday 8 July to Monday 11 July, museum ship Notorious will be docked at d’Albora MarinasNelson Bay and open for inspection.

A full size, accurate sailing replica of a 15th century Portuguese caravel, Notorious is modelled after the ship Mahogany: thought to be one of three caravels that voyaged down the east coast of Australia in 1522 but shipwrecked. The last recorded sighting of the wreckage was in 1886.

Owner and Captain Graeme Wylie became fascinated by the story of the Mahogany and set about to single-handedly research, design and create a replica of the vessel using Monterey cypress salvaged from farms across the South West of Victoria.

Since January 2012, Notorious has voyaged along the Eastern seaboard, travelling over 12,000 nautical miles between Port Douglas and Apollo Bay.

There’s plenty to do and see at D’ALBORA Marinas Nelson Bay these school holidays, with live music on the foreshore everySunday, Blackbutts Reptile Encounter (demonstration and petting opportunities) and the Sacred Tree Markets, a diverse and vibrant street stall market with live music, fashion, food and art.

Sunday 3/7: Mick Jones performs live 11am – 2pm. Wednesday 6/7: Blackbutts Reptile Encounter 11am. Friday 8/7 – Monday 11/7: Notorious open for inspection. Saturday 9/7: Sacred Tree Markets 10am – 3pm. Sunday 10/7: Jason Bone performs live 11am – 2pm. Thursday 14/7: Blackbutts Reptile Encounter11am. Sunday 17/7: Darren Fewins performs live11am – 2pm.

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