PORT OF SALE HERITAGE CRUISES

The Rubeena was registered on the 4th of April 1912 in Lakes Entrance.

OUR HISTORY

THE RUBEENA

The Rubeena was registered on the 4th of April 1912 by Coates Brothers. It has been in continuous service since that date.

The Rubeena was renamed in 1937 to the "Bellbird" when purchased by Peel Cruises and renamed to Rubeena in 1970 By the Whadcotes.

We purchased the Rubeena in May 2013 and was relocated to her forever home at the Port of Sale.

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CLIMB ABOARD AND TAKE A TRIP THROUGH HISTORY.

Learn about the history of the first European settlers and the local Gunnai Kurnai people. Click on our virtual tour to get a taste of what a trip on the Rubeena is like.

THE PORT OF SALE

The Port of Sale was completed in 1890 connecting Sale to the ocean.

The Port allowed ships of up to 200 ton and 12 feet draft to complete the 105 km journey to the Port from the Ocean.

RELAX & ENJOY.

Enjoy a relaxing trip down the thompson river to the historical sale swing bridge. Travel back in time and cruise the waterways as it was in days gone by.

THE HISTORICAL SWING BRIDGE

The original bridge was a low level bridge completed in 1854.

The original bridge was replaced by the Swing Bridge in 1883. For 30 years The Latrobe Wharf was the access to the Gippsland Gold Fields.

The Swing Bridge is the longest swing bridge ever made that opened manually by a person.

Drift back into a different time, when our waterways were our highways, and journey from the Port of Sale to the landmark Swing Bridge.

Spot birds and wildlife as you cruise and your guide recounts the region’s remarkable stories, from its first people the Gunnaikurnai, through early settlement to the present day.

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03/04/2022

Come and join us in celebration of 110 years of the Rubeena in operation on the Gippsland Lakes.

Activities for the Day commencing at 10am:

Free short rides on the Rubeena approx. 30 minutes duration from 10am – 2pm.
Other Activities include:
Food Vans
Bike & Blend Smoothies.
Donuts, Fairy Floss & Coffee.
Trackless Train Rides.
A Petting Zoo.
Historical Vehicle Exhibition.
Briagalong Bush band – live from 10am

We look forward to seeing you there!

Prior to the Race we are running a Drawing Competition in conjunction with Gippsland Art Gallery – Entries are available at the Visitor Information Centre at the Port of Sale Building.

1st Prize 2hour Exclusive hire of the Rubbena with crew for 30 people (valued at $600)

2nd and 3rd Prize Family Ticket (2 adults and 3 Children value $75) normal running times

The winners will be announced at 11.00am Sunday 3rd of April at the Rubeena’s birthday party.