There are seven vessel classes
of ferries found on Circular Quay. These are:
History Sydney’s ferries:
1789 – Ferries between
Sydney Cove Parramatta’s farming settlements were used
as a means of travel. The very first ferry was called
“Rose Hill Packet”; locals called it “The Lump”. It was
built by the settled convicts and was driven by oars and
sails. Trips from Sydney Cove to Parramatta could take
up to a week.
1861 – Establishment of
the North Shore Ferry Company. It was Sydney Harbour’s
first commercial ferry system.
1878 – Restructuring
caused the change from North Shore Ferry Company to
North Shore Steam Ferry Company.
1899 – An organization was
formed and merged most ferry services under the Sydney
Much like the “hop on, hop
off” buses in London, England, Sydney’s ferries take you
around the Sydney Harbour’s attractions and other “must-see”
places. You may grab a bite to eat at one the many
waterfront restaurants or take historic walks along the
harbour. Not to be missed is the panoramic view of the
beautiful and breathtaking view of Sydney Harbour itself.
1951 – The Australian Government took over Sydney Ferries to
keep it from going under after the enormous drop in
passenger rate with the opening of the Sydney Harbour
Today, Sydney ferries are used
as a means to:
Get to work.
See Sydney Harbour and all
its waterfront attractions in a leisurely manner.
Get to the 39 destinations
the service provides to commuters everyday.
Experience how it was when
settlers first crossed Sydney’s beautiful, vast harbour.