Gippsland Lakes Cruises departing Lakes Entrance on Pearl Lugger PAM

Current Tuesday, 12th October 2021

Enjoy a 3½ hour afternoon pleasure cruise sailing around the beautiful Gippsland Lakes on the historic Pearl Lugger “PAM”, a 64 foot ketch rigged sailing ship originally built over 110 years ago.

Commencing in December 2021 afternoon cruises will depart at 1:00 pm from the Myer Street Jetty in Lakes Entrance opposite the footbridge, depending upon weather conditions and according to demand.

A day out sailing on the Pearl Lugger will be a unique experience that your entire family and friends can thoroughly enjoy together. Kids will have a great time. We are licensed for over 30 passengers, but prefer to limit our cruises to smaller groups of 10 or 15 people.

Passengers may indicate their preference, but we can set our course to sail around Paynesville and Raymond Island, Ocean Grange and Bunga Arm, Eagle Point and Lake King, or Metung through to Nungurner, Kalimna and Lakes Entrance. Occasionally we may spot dolphins or seals and will always see our wonderful East Gippsland flora and fauna.

Cruise Prices

  • Adults : $60.00
  • Children 6 to 15 years : $30.00

Conditions apply for kids 5 years and under.

Cruise Departure Times

  • Afternoon cruise departs 1:00 PM and returns at 4:30 PM.

Minimum 10 passengers are required for a cruise to run.

All cruises will depend upon suitable weather conditions prevailing on the day.

Group bookings for Half or Full day cruises accepted.

Soft sole shoes should be worn for cruises. NO HIGH HEELS OR STILLETTOS please, since they will damage the timber decking.

You will need to bring your own refreshments and nibbles. We do not supply alcohol but you may bring your own.

Your cruise will depart from the Myer Street Jetty in Lakes Entrance

Cruise Enquires

To enquire about cruise bookings or ask a question, please contact Dan and Wendy McLay by telephone or email.


0427 924 450


Advance Bookings and EFT Payments

Please visit this page to confirm your booking in advance for a cruise. Follow the instructions there to record your booking and receive a confirmation message from us by email. Then please arrange payment by EFT into the nominated bank account.

Gift Certificates

Can you imagine a more unique present for family and friends of any age than a "Pearl Lugger Cruises Gift Certificate" ? These are available to purchase now. Simply contact us to confirm the preferred date for your Gift Certificate and where you would like it sent.

We can design a cruise to suit your function

  • Team building.
  • Corporate outings.
  • Weddings/photos.
  • Bucks and Hens days.
  • Engagements.
  • End of year breakup parties.
  • End of sporting season breakups.
  • Family reunions.
  • School excursions.
  • Sail training.
  • Fishing Clubs.

The list is endless.

Full day charters are also available. Enquire about price.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard the Pearl Lugger “PAM” !


10 Pearl Lugger Cruise Reviews - Average Rating 5 / 5 (Show All)

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A wonderful cruise experience

- 21st April 2018

We had a wonderful cruise from Lakes Entrance to Metung. The crew couldn’t have been more helpful and courteous. The on-board historical information about the restored boat and the commentary about the sites along the cruise route was both informative and entertaining. This cruise is well worth the money compared to the more conventional scenic cruise experiences that are usually available.

Cruise of the week

- 22nd March 2018

Travelled all the way from Queensland, not expecting to have such an exciting excursion, I would highly recommend this wonderful outing!

All the romance of tall ship sailing, minus the terror

- 04th February 2017

What a great experience even though the wind was reluctant that morning. The friendly crew made it an inspiring trip.

Simply Wonderful

- 11th January 2017

My sister & I thoroughly enjoyed our cruise around the Gippsland Lakes.
We learnt some history & saw the local sights from a different perspective.
Such a gorgeous way to spend the morning. A must do when in the area 👌

Fantastic Afternoon

- 21st February 2016

Dan and Wendy gave us a fantastic afternoon on the PAM Pearl Lugger. The winds on the lakes were perfect for cruising with the sails up. What a magnificent sight !
We loved the enthusiasm and information about the ship's history and restoration. It kept us entertained all afternoon. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

We are sailing !

- 21st February 2016

Yesterday afternoon I spent a delightful afternoon aboard "Pam". She is a beautifully restored ship. Congratulations to Dan and Wendy for bring her back to life.
My highlights were hearing the history, taking the helm, hauling the ropes and the sheer pleasure of being on the water with just the breeze, the sails and the skills of the crew. Loved it !
It will become a regular "must do" for all my visitors when they come down to this beautiful part of the world.

Enjoyed the cruise immensely

- 26th January 2016

We had a wonderful time relaxing enjoying the beautiful scenery that Gippsland Lakes has to offer. The very professional crew made us feel very welcome. We also learned a lot of history about the Pearl. Can't wait to go on her again. Thank you to Danny, Wendy and crew.

Great morning sail

- 08th January 2016

My husband and I had a great morning. The boat left and returned on time. Crew were great, knowledgable and safety conscious at all times. Dan, the owner was on board and full of stories of the early days of the boats history and rebuilding. This boat is part of the early history of the pearling industry in Broome and thank goodness it has been saved. We wish Dan and his crew all the best for a great future on the lakes.

Highly recommended

- 07th January 2016

Highly recommend this relaxing cruise.

A memorable inaugural cruise from Metung to Paynesville

- 14th November 2015

What a fabulous afternoon on Saturday November 14th ! The inaugural cruise from Metung to Paynesville and back in bright sunshine. Thanks to the crew for their friendly attention and making sure we all had a memorable cruise !!

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