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SEAING IS BELIEVING: Newcastle harbour set to light up from the bow of the MV Steve Irwin

Retired Sea Shepherd vessel, the MV Steve Irwin will light up the skies of Newcastle Harbour with an immersive light show project designed by artist Victor Dreams Holder.

The light show is part of the Seaing is Believing tours that invite Novocastrians onboard the historic ship, now docked in Carrington, for an experience that includes a ship tour where you will discover the insights from former Sea Shepherd campaigns.

As people move through the vessel during the tour they’ll get to check out the helicopter hangar, crew cabins, engine room and eventually make their way onto the bridge.

The entire 1.5-hour experience is curated by Kerrie Goodall, the ship’s custodian, who bought the vessel in 2019 to save it from being sold for scrap in Hong Kong.

“I’d love people to join us to learn more about the Steve’s contribution to ocean conservation and the overwhelming support of locals has made this a reality. There are so many genuinely caring people in this town who are passionate about where they live and how they contribute to the city,” Kerrie said.

After the tour ticket holders will be able to make their way through an exhibition that features both photography and mixed-media artworks before the tour’s finale – A projected light show from the bow of the ship!

Marty Adnum, Managing Director Out of the Square, one of the organisations responsible for the series of tours, said he is keen for the ship to call Newcastle home premaritally.

“I think this could be a great opportunity to add a unique tourist attraction to our city, particularly given our maritime heritage,” Marty said.

“We’ve jumped on board to help the case for this ship staying if possible.”

The Seaing Is Believing tours will run abroad the MV Steve Irwin in Newcastle Harbour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for five weeks between 30 September to 30 October 2022. Tickets start at $25 per person, visit for more information.