Parramatta River ferry services
Shane Gould in June 2014
|Waterway||Sydney Harbour, Parramatta River|
|Owner||Transport for New South Wales|
|Operator||Harbour City Ferries|
|System length||20 wharves, 27km|
Parramatta River ferry services connect suburbs along the Parramatta River in Sydney with Circular Quay by commuter ferry. The services are provided by Sydney Ferries Corporation, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. The route is coloured light green on the current Sydney Ferries network map since October 2013.
The route is divided into two sections which are normally serviced separately. Late nights runs combine the two sections into a single service.
- Circular Quay - Balmain - Cockatoo Island. These services run between Circular Quay and Cockatoo island via Balmain, Birchgrove, Greenwich Point and Woolwich and are usually serviced by the larger First Fleet class ferries.
- Circular Quay/Darling Harbour - Cockatoo Island - Olympic Park/Parramatta. These run direct to Cockatoo Island from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and then various stopping patterns to Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta. They are normally serviced by the smaller RiverCat ferries.
- 1 Wharves
- 1.1 Circular Quay
- 1.2 Darling Harbour (King Street)
- 1.3 Balmain
- 1.4 Birchgrove
- 1.5 Greenwich Point
- 1.6 Woolwich
- 1.7 Cockatoo Island
- 1.8 Drummoyne
- 1.9 Huntleys Point
- 1.10 Chiswick
- 1.11 Abbotsford
- 1.12 Cabarita
- 1.13 Kissing Point
- 1.14 Meadowbank
- 1.15 Rhodes
- 1.16 Sydney Olympic Park
- 1.17 Rydalmere
- 1.18 Parramatta
- 2 History
- 3 References
Circular Quay is a major Sydney transport hub, with a large ferry, rail and bus interchange. The Cahill Expressway is a prominent feature of the quay, running from the east, over the elevated railway station to join the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the west. Sydney Cove was the site of the initial landing of the First Fleet in Port Jackson. Circular Quay was originally mainly used for shipping and slowly developed into a transport, leisure and recreational centre.
Darling Harbour (King Street)
Cabarita ferry wharf serves the suburb of Cabarita, New South Wales and is located on Cabarita Point. As of 2011, it is the busiest and fastest growing wharf on the river. The wharf is not wheelchair-accessible.
Kissing Point ferry wharf is located in Kissing Point Park. The wharf is wheelchair-accessible.
Meadowbank ferry wharf was the westernmost point in the Sydney ferry network until 1992. This wharf serves the suburb of Meadowbank, New South Wales and is located on Bowden Street. The wharf is wheelchair-accessible.
Meadowbank wharf and Ryde Bridge
Rhodes ferry wharf serves the suburb of Rhodes, construction is expected to take place later this year.
Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney Olympic Park ferry wharf serves the Sydney Olympic Park precinct and is located on Bennelong Road. The wharf has a single jetty used for docking of RiverCat ferries. The wharf was built in 1998 for the purpose of serving passengers for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and served the RiverCat service which brought the Olympic Torch to the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony. It now serves residents of Wentworth Point. A few services a day terminate at this wharf. The wharf is wheelchair-accessible.
Sydney Olympic Park, view from Meadowbank
Parramatta ferry wharf opened in 1992, this wharf serves the suburb of Parramatta, New South Wales and is located on Charles Street. The wharf is wheelchair-accessible. Services between Rydalmere and Parramatta are replaced by buses during extreme low tides.
Although Parramatta wharf served ferries in the early part of the 20th Century, for a long time until the late 1990s Meadowbank wharf was the terminus of all Parramatta River ferries. Silt in the river and sludge from factory and industrial waste upstream, and the previous design of ferries meant that the deep hulled vessels were unable to go further upstream than the Meadowbank bridge. However, from dredging work and the introduction of catamaran ferries, RiverCat ferries now proceed to Rydalmere and Parramatta.
At one time, the NSW Government was keen to make extensive use of ferry transport to Homebush Bay for the 2000 Summer Olympics, staged nearby. The Sydney Olympic Park wharf was built and used, although Olympic spectators were largely encouraged to use buses and trains.
- NSW Govt Delivering For Commuters:Restoring and Improving Sydney Ferry Services. Media release. The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP - Premier of NSW.