Sydney Ferry


For more than century, ferries have been providing service to the commuting public of Sydney, Australia. At least 39 destinations can be explored using this very economic and pleasant means of travel.


Sydney ferries have the following route of travel:


  • Darling Harbour
  • Parramatta
  • Manly JetCat
  • Mosman
  • Manly Ferry
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Watsons Bay
  • Woolwich
  • Neutral Bay
  • Sydney Olympic Park
  • Luna Park

Sydney ferries boast an impressive yearly transportation of more than

14 million from Sydney Harbour to the Parramatta River and vise versa.

These ferries dock at Circular Quay located between the famous Sydney Opera House and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

sydney ferry overlooking the city of sydney


There are seven vessel classes of ferries found on Circular Quay. These are:

  • Freshwater Class (4 vessels)

  • Lady Class (2 vessels)

  • First Fleet Class (9 vessels)

  • JetCats (3 vessels)

  • RiverCats (7 vessels)

  • HarbourCats (2 vessels)

  • SuperCats (4 vessels)

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 Ferries Limited.

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 Bridge.


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.