Ferry / Jet Cat / River Cat, Sydney
To ferry around the sydney harbour is quite the most relaxing and wonderful way to go. You can be out on deck on a fine day and enjoy the sights or if its too blowy or raining you can still get a great view from inside as they have plenty of windows. Usually the harbour just provides a little movement ......rarely really rough.
Check the ferry schedules and be there ontime. The ferries are extremely prompt, and if you dont want to have to swim out to them, make sure to leave some time to spare! Many ferries only come once and hour or so, so be diligent. It can be a long wait...
As it happened to be, my appartment building was connected with the Parramatta rivercat terminal making it reeeeeeaaaaaalllllyyyy easy to get into Sydney. Going out of the building, all I had to do was walk down the stairs, board the boat and off we were. It goes straight into Circular Quay so you are directly in the middle of the city, without any stops.
For only 7 dollars for a one way trip it's cheaper than the fuel costs to drive into the city and the parking garage, which can run up to 50 dollars for 4 hours!!!!!
One tip though, if you go back don't take the last ferry but take the 5 o'clock one (in the winter that is) so you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets on the bay and the river.
An enjoyable daytrip from Sydney is to the beach resort of Manly. I caught a ferry to Manly during my visit to Sydney in April 2006. The following information is correct as of that date:
Ferries, operated by "Sydney Ferries", leave for Manly from Wharf #3 at Circular Quay in central Sydney approximately every 30 minutes.
The journey time between Circular Quay and Manly Wharf is approximately 30 minutes by ferry. This journey time can be halved to 15 minutes if you catch one of the faster Jet Cats, but these boats are more expensive than the ferries.
Adults: 6.20 AUD each way
Concessions: 3.10 AUD each way
Upon arrival at Manly, there is a small sandy beach right next to the wharf. Follow The Corso (Manly's main pedestrianised street) to get from the wharf to Manly Beach and the Scenic Walkway along the coast to Manly's other beaches.
You will find plenty of cafes, restaurants, fast food joints and shops along The Corso, just a 2 minute walk from the wharf.
One of the best ways to see (and get around) Sydney is on a Ferry. The ferries are located on "Circular Quay and can take you to more than 41 different warfs". There are all different types of ferries. We cruised on the ferries to Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach and Watson's Bay.
Download their ferry schedules via their website. The prices are reasonable and you enjoy a fantastic view of Sydney as you are crusing to your location.
We stayed with relatives during our time in Sydney. When we asked them how to get to the city centre they had only one answer: Sydney Ferries’ famous Manly Ferry is a "must do" for any visitor.
When we arrived at Manly Wharf we saw a brand new food and wine oasis at Manly Cove. We learned that ever since 1855 ferries have been sailing this route between Circular Quay and Manly. A ferriemakes the 30 minute trip regularly, day and night.
During our trip to Circular Quay we found out what our relatives meant by their answer. The route is spectacular and we agree with the statement: "And today, no visit to Sydney is complete without an excursion to the seaside suburb of Manly."
Sydney has a ferry system that runs from Circular Quay and stems to 41 other wharves. Quay is also the hub for trains and buses. The ferries has been running in the harbour for 135 years. Not only are they a great way to get around but you get to experience the beauty of the harbour, its city skyline and the magnificent opera house and Sydney harbour bridge. You can buy tickets from Manly and Circular Quay wharves and from ticket sellers on-board our Parramatta River and Darling Harbour services. The cost of the trip varies greatly depending upon where you want to go. Sydney Ferries also operates sightseeing cruises for tourists.
The Sydney Ferries are quick and easy to use. I recommend that you go on a ferry while in Sydney to see more of the harbour... I've been across to the Taronga Zoo on one trip (great views of the harbour!) and across to Manly on another trip. The weather was quite bad on the trip to Manly and the ferry ride was quite rough, but even for someone who gets motion sickness like myself, I managed to survive. ;)
The ferry service was great when we were there. Took them to Taronga zoo and to Manly without any hassles - regular and prompt. The Manly ferry is also a great way to see Sydney from the harbour without paying for a cruise!
A great way to see Sydney Harbour is to jump on one the ferries connecting Circular Quay with the suburbs. One of the nicest route is the one to Manly.
There faster RiverCats going West as far as Parramatta, also worth a side trip.
Going by ferry is a great way of seeing Sydney's harbour. There are several options, but all of them starts at Circular Quay. Either catch the ferry to Manly, the short ride to Kirribilli or maybe by ferry to Taronga Zoo etc... The ferry to Taronga is smaller and older than the other ones. On the other hand, the jet cat to Manly is very modern and faster than the ferry (just 15 mins), but the ferry is of course the more traditional way to go (and cheaper).
Sydney ferries, jetcats & rivercats are the cheapest way to see Sydney's beautiful harbour. Regular ferry services run to 37 wharves, including Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Milsons Point, Drummoyne and the riverside city of Parramatta. Circular Quay is a good place to start your harbour experience as this is the main ferry wharf in Sydney. Prices vary according to distance travelled.
Most of Sydney is accessible by walking, however if you want to really get some great views (at an inexpensive price none the less), I would recommend that you take a Jetcat out in the Sydney harbour. For roughly 7 dollars each way, you can get a great water based view of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and all of the beautiful beach side communities.
If you are looking to make a nice evening of it, take the sunset ferry over to Manly, where you can enjoy an evening meal on the beach watching the waves.
The first of the day is at 6am and goes until and goes until 11pm.
One of my favorite things about Sydney are the ferry boats. The fleet ranges from boat to river cats (big catamarans that prowl the waters of the Sydney embayments). The ferries run in conjuction with the buses and the trains, connecting everywhere from Parramatta to Darling Harbor and the Circular Quay (pronounced "key"). We took the Circular Quay to Cremorne Point ferry at least 2 to 3 times daily during our stay.
The ferries are an affordable mode of transportation and if you purchase a "Day Tripper" pass for $15.00 AUD, then you will have access to all the ferry routes, bus routes, including the Explorer bus, and trains.
I found the website for the ferries before I left for Sydney and the transportation office mailed me a transportaion packet free! It came with discount coupons and maps!
as much of a `Must See` as a means of transport Sydneys ferries are almost as famous as the Bridge
Central Quay is the hub of ferry activity as they zoom in and out, and the views from the ferries are fabulous ! what better way to get a great shot of the Opera House, the Bridge or the hundreds of craft sailing in the harbour ?
buy a book of ten ferry tickets for A$26.50, or for even better value get a travel pass which includes unlimited bus, rail and ferry travel within a given area, prices start at A$30 for a whole week, for more information on prices and types of pass call the information line number below