Balmain East ferry wharf
View from Darling Street in July 2015
|Location||Darling Street, Balmain East|
|Owned by||Roads & Maritime Services|
|Operated by||Harbour City Ferries|
|Rebuilt||18 June 2015|
The Balmain East ferry wharf has been operating since the 1840s as Balmain's main wharf. Originally, watermen offered the first services on demand in small rowing skiffs or sailing dinghies. In February 1844 the steamer Waterman commenced the first public ferry service between Balmain and the Australian Gas Light Company wharf at Millers Point. The service was established by Henry Perdriau, the owner of Perdriau Ferries, later Balmain Steam Ferries.
From the beginning of the 20th century, Sydney's electric tram system down Darling Street to the wharf and connected with the ferries. The trampway operated until 1954. As the road next to the wharf had a grade of 1 in 8, a unique counterweight dummy system was installed under the road surface to help push trams up the hill. An underground counterweight system was connected by cable to a cable tram grip dummy on the track on the surface. A tram descending would push the grip dummy ahead of it (which raised the counterweight). On the return journey, the grip dummy would give the tram a helpful push. The mechanism was preserved at the Sydney Tramway Museum when the tramway was removed.
Balmain East wharf is served by Sydney Ferries Darling Harbour services operating between Circular Quay and Barangaroo. Services are operated by First Fleet class ferries. Balmain East wharf is also served by weekday and Saturday evening Parramatta River services to Sydney Olympic Park.
|1||Evening all-stops to Sydney Olympic Park|||
|All stops to Barangaroo & Circular Quay|||
State Transit operate three routes to and from Balmain East wharf:
- 442: to Queen Victoria Building
- 444: to Campsie station
- 445: to Campsie station via Lilyfield
- Madras – The New Light House The Sydney Morning Herald 1 March 1844 page 2
- "Steam to Balmain". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 1 March 1844. p. 3. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
- Spindler, Graham, "Harbour Circle Walk: Notes on Loop & Alternative walks", New South Wales Department of Planning, 2006. Accessed 20 August 2006.
- Railpage Australia, "Tramways of Australia: Sydney's tram history", 18 August 1997. Accessed 14 March 2007.
- Balmain East Wharf upgrade to start in January Transport for NSW 9 January 2015
- Balmain East Wharf and Sydney Olympic Park Wharf closed for upgrade Transport for NSW Info 13 January 2015
- Balmain East Wharf Upgrade Roads & Maritime Services
- Balmain East Wharf to reopen tomorrow Transport for NSW 17 June 2015
- "F4: Darling Harbour ferry timetable" (PDF). Sydney Ferries. 20 October 2013.
- "F3: Parramatta River Ferry timetable" (PDF). Sydney Ferries. 20 October 2013.
- "Routes 441 and 442 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 20 October 2013.
- "Routes 444 and 445 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 20 October 2013.
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