Lower Portland Ferry

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The Lower Portland Ferry is a cable ferry across the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales, Australia. The ferry is situated in the community of Lower Portland.[1]

The ferry is operated by a private sector operator under contract to Hawkesbury City Council and The Hills Shire Council, who jointly fund the service. The crossing is 209 metres (686 ft) in length and is free of tolls. The ferry operates on demand from 0500 to 2400, 7 days a week, but is closed for maintenance on the first Wednesday of each month from 0900 to 1100[2][3][4]

The East Portland Ferry is one of four cable ferry crossings over the Hawkesbury River proper, and is unusual in being the only one not provided by New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services. The other are the Sackville Ferry upstream, and the Webbs Creek Ferry and Wisemans Ferry downstream. A fifth ferry, the Berowra Waters Ferry, crosses a side-arm of the river.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrews, Graeme (1994). Ferries of Sydney (third ed.). Oxford University Press with Sydney University Press. pp. 214–217. ISBN 0-424-00202-7. 
  2. ^ "Ordinary Business". Baulkham Hills Shire Council. 2007-06-19. pp. Item–6. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  3. ^ Bottomley, Bill. "When the Ferries Got Away: Appendix Two". Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Hawkesbury Ferry Timetables". Hawkesbury Tourism. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Sackville Ferry". New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 

Coordinates: 33°26′18″S 150°53′12″E / 33.438335°S 150.886767°E / -33.438335; 150.886767