Circular Quay ferry wharf

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Circular Quay
Circular Quay Wharf From the Water.JPG
View towards the wharf, railway station and surrounding buildings from Sydney Cove
LocationAlfred Street, Sydney
New South Wales
Coordinates33°51′40.267″S 151°12′38.539″E / 33.86118528°S 151.21070528°E / -33.86118528; 151.21070528Coordinates: 33°51′40.267″S 151°12′38.539″E / 33.86118528°S 151.21070528°E / -33.86118528; 151.21070528
Owned byRoads & Maritime Services
Operated byHarbour City Ferries
Platforms5 wharves (10 berths)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Previous namesCircular Quay Ferry Terminal (–2013)
Preceding station   TfNSW F.svg Sydney Ferries   Following station
Taronga Zoo
Parramatta River
towards Parramatta
towards Pyrmont Bay
Cross Harbour
towards Watsons Bay
Neutral Bay
towards Neutral Bay
Mosman Bay
towards Mosman Bay
Double Bay
towards Double Bay
Cockatoo Island

Circular Quay ferry wharf is a complex of wharves at Circular Quay, on Sydney Cove, that serves as the hub for the Sydney Harbour ferry network.


The Circular Quay ferry wharf complex consists of five double sided wharves at 90 degrees to the shoreline, numbered 2 to 6. Wharves 3 to 5 are used exclusively by Sydney Ferries, wharf 2 west is used by Sydney Ferries, wharf 2 east is used by Manly Fast Ferries by while wharf 6 is used by other operators including Captain Cook Cruises. Each wharf has ticket selling facilities on both sides of the barriers as most other wharves do not have such facilities.

On the eastern side alongside Bennelong Apartments, is the Eastern Pontoon used by charter operators. On the western side, lie the Commissioners Steps and Harbour Masters Steps that are used by charter operators and water taxis.

When the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company introduced hydrofoils to the Manly service in the mid-1960s, a pontoon was attached to the eastern side of wharf 2 to allow the hydrofoils to berth without their foils fouling the wharf. This was removed when the hydrofoils were replaced by JetCats in 1991.

Wharf 3 is exclusively used by ferries on the Manly service. When the Freshwater class ferries were introduced in the 1980s, the wharf was rebuilt to accommodate their onboard gangways. It has a mezzanine level allowing ferries to disembark passengers from their upper decks. It also houses an office for Harbour City Ferries. To better accommodate the larger ferries, wharf 3 is built higher from the water and this combined with differently configured Opal card readers, means only Manly ferries can use the wharf.

Wharves 2 West, 4 and 5 are used interchangeably by Sydney Ferries.

Ferry services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
Manly Fast Ferry
  • All stops to Mosman Bay
  • Limited stops to Mosman Bay
6 Lane Cove River [9]
Harbour Explorer
Watsons Bay
  • Captain Cook Cruises Watsons Bay Rocket
My Fast Ferry Cruises
  • Tourist Hop on/Hop off service around Sydney Harbour
  • During evenings only Manly Darling Harbour Loop Service
[12] [13]


External image
Map of Circular Quay Interchange (PDF)
by Transport for New South Wales, updated 2017.

The Circular Quay ferry wharf complex is adjacent to an elevated railway station of the same name. The station is served by Sydney Trains services on the Airport, Inner West & South Line and the Bankstown Line.

South of the railway station is the Alfred Street bus terminus. A large number of State Transit routes originate from there as well as two Sydney Explorer routes.


  1. ^ "F2 Taronga Zoo ferry timetable". Transport for NSW.
  2. ^ "Manly Fast Ferry timetable". Transport for NSW.
  3. ^ "F1 Manly ferry timetable". Transport for NSW.
  4. ^ "F5 Neutral Bay ferry timetable". Transport for NSW.
  5. ^ "F6 Mosman Bay ferry timetable". Transport for NSW.
  6. ^ "F7 Double Bay timetable". Transport for NSW.
  7. ^ "F3 Parramatta River ferry timetable". Transport for NSW.
  8. ^ "F4 Cross Harbour ferry timetable". Transport for NSW.
  9. ^ "Lane Cove Ferry timetable". Transport for NSW.
  10. ^ "Harbour Explorer timetable" (PDF). Captain Cook Cruises. 15 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Watsons Bay Rocket timetable" (PDF). Captain Cook Cruises. 7 April 2015.
  12. ^ Circular Quay Sightseeing Cruise My Fast Ferry
  13. ^ "Manly Darling Harbour Loop timetable". Transport for NSW.

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