Captain Cook Cruises Western Australia

Captain Cook Cruises is a cruise and ferry operator on the Swan River, Perth.

Captain Cook Cruises
FounderBoat Torque Cruises
Area served
Fremantle Harbour
Rottnest Island
Swan River
ServicesCruise & ferry operator
ParentSeaLink Travel Group


Captain Cook Cruises was founded in 1980 by Rottnest Island ferry operator Boat Torque Cruises. In July 1987 the business was sold to Tony Baker and John Goodbody with the MV Captain Cook and the MV Swan Explorer. In May 1990 the Swan River Scenic Cruises business was purchased with the MV Jolly Jumbuck which was rebuilt and renamed the MV Swan Princess.

From October 1992 until September 1997, the MV Perth was leased from Transperth. In October 1995 the MV James Stirling was launched. In September 2002 the upstream operation of Boat Torque Cruises was purchased with three vessels: MV Lady De Vine, MV River Bells and MV River Lady.[1]

In February 1995 Captain Cook Cruises successfully tendered to operate Transperth's ferry services between Barrack Street (Perth CBD) and Mends Street (South Perth foreshore), a service it still operates today, with Elizabeth Quay replacing Barrack Street in January 2016.[2][3][4][5][6]

In February 2016 the business was purchased by SeaLink Travel Group.[7] On 5 November 2017, a service commenced from Fremantle Harbour to Rottnest Island.[8][9]


  1. History Captain Cook Cruises
  2. South Perth ferry service to be operated privately Minister for Transport 22 November 1994
  3. South Perth ferry service taken over by private company Minister for Transport 5 February 1995
  4. "Competitive Tendering" Australian Bus Panorama issue 10/6 February 1995 page 20
  5. Merry Ferry Christmas Australasian Bus & Coach 4 December 2012
  6. Annual Report June 2013 Public Transport Authority
  7. Acquisition of Captain Cook Cruises Western Australia SeaLink Travel Group 24 February 2016
  8. Captain Cook Cruises becomes third ferry operator on Rottnest route ABC News 31 July 2017
  9. Sealink Celebrates Immediate Impact on Rottnest Ferry Prices SeaLink 10 October 2017

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