Sydney Fast Ferries

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Sydney Fast Ferries
PredecessorSydney Ferries
Founded1 April 2010
Defunct31 March 2015
HeadquartersRozelle, ,
Area served
Port Jackson
ServicesFerry operator
OwnerTerry Dodd
John McPherson

Sydney Fast Ferries operated high-speed ferry services on Port Jackson between Circular Quay and Manly from April 2010 until March 2015.


Since January 1965, the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company and its successors had operated high speed hydrofoil and later JetCat services between Circular Quay and Manly.[1]

In December 2008, the New South Wales State Government, decided the Sydney Ferries service would cease and called for tenders to operate the service on a commercial basis.[2]

Bass & Flinders Cruises[3] trading as Manly Fast Ferry commenced operating the service on 10 February 2009 on an interim basis until March 2010.[4]

In April 2010, Sydney Fast Ferries commenced a five-year franchise to operate the service.[5][6][7] However, Manly Fast Ferries continued to operate services between Circular Quay Wharf 6 and Manly East Pier via Fort Denison, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay.[8][9]

In July 2014, expressions of interest were sought for the next franchise with Bass & Flinders Cruises, SeaLink Travel Group, Sydney Fast Ferries and Transit Systems responding.[10][11][12] In December 2014, the franchise was awarded to Bass & Flinders Cruises, with Sydney Fast Ferries ceasing operations on 31 March 2015.[13][14] Sydney Fast Ferries lodged a complaint in March 2015 that the selection process was not handled correctly by Transport for New South Wales.[15]

They continued to operate cruises under the name Sydney Adventure Cruises.[16] However, since January 2016 their website has redirected to the Captain Cook Cruises, Australia website.


  1. ^ Andrews, Graeme (1975). The Ferries of Sydney. Brookvale: JW Books. pp. 53–56. ISBN 0 589071 72 6.
  2. ^ Calls for Expressions of Interest for Manly Fast Ferry Minister for Transport 9 December 2008
  3. ^ Home Bass & Flinders Cruises
  4. ^ Jet Car Withdrawal and Manly Fast Ferry Commencement NSW Ministry of Transport
  5. ^ Manly High Speed Ferry Service NSW eTendering 10 August 2009
  6. ^ Contract Notice Award Detail Archived 13 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine NSW eTendering 8 March 2010
  7. ^ About us Sydney Fast Ferries
  8. ^ Battle to be the last fast ferry on the harbour Sydney Morning Herald 9 April 2010
  9. ^ Timetable Manly Fast Ferries
  10. ^ Fast Ferry Service Contract between Circular Quay and Manly NSW eTendering 17 July 2014
  11. ^ Opinions of commuters wanted on four fast ferry tenderers Manly Daily 12 November 2014
  12. ^ Terry Dodd has each way bet on Manly fast ferries tender Sydney Morning Herald 3 December 2014
  13. ^ Cheaper fares, more services and new vessels for Manly Fast Ferry customers Archived 17 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine Transport for NSW 13 December 2014
  14. ^ MFF wins tender Manly Fast Ferry 13 December 2014
  15. ^ Rough seas in new fast ferry deal involving the two current operators Daily Telegraph 26 March 2015
  16. ^ Sydney Adventure Cruises Sydney Adventure Cruises Retrieved 3 April 2015