The scenic waterways, estuaries, rivers and bays of South East Tasmania are one of the region’s defining characteristics, and there are celebrations planned at Port Arthur for the family company that was one of the pioneers of inshore cruise tourism in Tasmania.
For Peter, John and Michael Roche, operating as Navigators, today marks a 30 year connection with the Port Arthur Historic Site as operators of ferries that have provided harbour cruises to visitors since 1985.
The brothers’ first ferry to operate the service at Port Arthur was the Bundeena, which had previously seen service ferrying commuters across the Derwent River following the Tasman Bridge disaster in the mid seventies.
It was replaced by the MV Marana, a state-of-the-art catamaran that has been operating at the Site since 2002, and has carried an estimated 2.7 million passengers around the harbour at Port Arthur.
“Over the last 30 years the Port Arthur Historic Site has flourished to the extent that it is now winning major Australian tourism awards,” said Michael Roche.
“Navigators is very proud to have played an important role in that success.”
To mark the milestone Port Arthur Historic Site Chair Professor Sharon Sullivan AO will join the Roche brothers, members of the Navigators Board and staff and board members of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority at a celebratory dinner next week at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
“We consider the Navigators harbour cruise an integral part of the Port Arthur experience and we look forward to continuing our long and happy partnership,” said Professor Sullivan.
“I congratulate the Roche brothers, and their whole Navigators team, on providing this important and iconic tourism experience for three decades and wish them well in continuing for many years to come.”