The Lady Denman ferry on display at the Lady Denman Maritime and Heritage Centre

The Jervis Bay Maritime Museum is an outstanding maritime and heritage museum located near the shores of Jervis Bay.

Displays include timber boats, maritime artefacts, art, Aboriginal heritage, navigational and surveying instruments, and the magnificently restored Lady Denman ferry, all housed in spacious buildings and grounds.

Lady Denman was built at Huskisson by Joseph Dent for the Balmain New Ferry Company.

Launched on 5 December 1911 Lady Denman sailed Sydney Harbour for 67 years, carried hundreds of thousands of passengers and celebrated her centenary in December 2011.

The ferries were initially meant for a 15 year working life but continued to operate for decades, even after the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened. The Huskisson-built ferry collided with the Royal Navy submarine, HMS Anchorite in 1960, ran aground off Neilson’s Point in 1965 and left her wharf without her Master embarked in 1976.

Lady Denman was decommissioned in 1979, returned to Jervis Bay in 1981 and is now the premier display at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum.

Opening hours

Open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)


Cnr Woollamia Rd and Dent St, Huskisson (Find it on Google Maps)


Ph. 02 4441 5675
Fax: 02 4441 7688
Postal: PO Box 123, Huskisson, NSW, 2540

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