Sydney by ferry

Highlights

Explore Sydney Harbour

Explore the beautiful waterways of Sydney on board one of the many Sydney Ferry services on offer. Travel from Circular Quay to the popular beachfront of Manly by ferry, and enjoy the sweeping harbour views and headland on the way. Or glide down the winding Parramatta River and discover the vibrant town of historic Parramatta. 

  • Sydney Ferry, Sydney Harbour
  • Parramatta Rivercat

Travelling in Sydney by Ferry

Ferry on Sydney harbour

Sydney Ferries transport commuters and visitors across the beautiful blue waterways that form the very heart of Sydney. Boarding a ferry is a fantastic way to explore and travel around one of the world's most beautiful harbour cities.

Catch a regular service to Manly, Parramatta, Balmain, Watsons Bay, Sydney Olympic Park, Taronga Zoo and many other locations. It is also a great way to explore the fascinating and historic Sydney Harbour Islands. The entire Sydney Ferries fleet is pram and wheelchair accessible. Pick up an Opal card, which you can top up with value and use on buses, trains, ferries and light rail across Sydney. You can find more Opal card information here.

Alternatively, ferry tickets are available in the following locations:

  • Sydney Ferries ticket outlets at Circular Quay and Manly
  • Ticket machines at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour Terminal
  • The cafe on board the Manly Ferry
  • A cashier on board some Sydney Ferry services (such as the Parramatta River services)
  • Third party Pre-Pay ticket resellers

If you're looking for a cruise on Sydney Harbour, head to Circular Quay or King Street Wharf on Darling Harbour where you'll find morning, lunch, afternoon and evening cruises available. Many include meals and entertainment.

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    Military relics at Bradleys Head

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  2. Middle Head

    Middle Head

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  3. Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track

    Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track

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  4. Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head

    Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head

    Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head offers fantastic views over to North Head and South Head and the expansive Pacific Ocean. Named in honour of Aboriginal man Arabanoo, the first Aboriginal man to...

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