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Sydney Ferries

about ...

The first ferry line was opened in 1854, with a steam paddler named The Brothers, connecting the City of Sydney with Manly.

Sydney Ferry - Freshman class
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
Today Sydney Ferries are vital part of Sydney facilitating a quick access to many locations around Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River.

Sydney ferries are divided into the following vessel classes:

  • 4 Freshwater class
  • 2 Lady class
  • 9 First Fleet class
  • 3 Jet Cats
  • 7 River Cats
  • 2 Harbour Cats
  • 4 Super Cats

The hub for the Sydney Ferries is the Circular Quay, which is the departing point for all Sydney ferries lines. Circular Quay has six wharfs and the departure wharfs are as follows:

  • Wharf 1 - not used
  • Wharf 2 - Manly Jet Cat, Taronga Zoo, Mosman Bay (Sundays)
  • Wharf 3 - Manly
  • Wharf 4 - Watson Bay, Mosman Bay, Harbour Sights Cruises, Neutral Bay, Woollwich (Sundays)
  • Wharf 5 - Parramatta, Pyrmont Bay, Woollwich, Birkenhead
  • Wharf 6 - not used

tourist information ...

How to get there
The best way to go is by public transport (train, ferry or bus), Circular Quay Station. See map.

Contact details:
3/35 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9246 8300
Web site: Sydney Ferries home page

Hours of Operation:
Please check the Sydney Ferries home page.

All vessels are wheelchair accessible.
22 August
1770 - Captain James Cook claims the east coast of New Holland in the name of King George III, naming the site Possession Island.

1872 - The 3200 km Australian Overland Telegraph Line is completed.

1930 - The two spans of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are joined.
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