Ferry / Jet Cat / River Cat, Sydney
The ferry system here is great. I think by numbers of passengers it is less than Hong Kong but i feel like it is of more use here in Sydney. A truly wonderful way to see the sites and get out on the water on the cheap. Go to Watson's Bay for the afternoon and enjoy the experience. The 30 minute each way ferry to Manly is my idea of the perfect harbour tour.
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.
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!
For a more majestic trip to the city, and an unparalleled view of the harbour, Sydney Ferries are a must. Less crowded than the trains and buses, they operate from Circular Quay, and are just one indicator of Sydney putting its world reknowned harbour to good use. The ferry routes that Sydneysiders use for the purposes of commuting run regularly between 6am and midnight, whilst those which service tourist attractions have a more limited service. With the suburbs sprawling out along the banks of the Harbour, there is no shortage of destinations, from inner-harbour areas like Kirribilli and Neutral Bay, a route that gives a ducks eye view of Kirribilli House, the official residence of the Australian Prime Minister, to Darling Harbour, Parramatta and Taronga Zoo.
The ferry is also the most sensible way of getting to the ever popular Manly on the North Shore, and all ferries will give you picture postcard views of the majestic Harbour Bridge and legendary Opera House.
I reccommend getting an all day ferry pass. About $15. You can travel around the harbour at your own leisure. The only hitch being you have to return to Circular Quay each time you want to head off to somewhere else. This didn't prove a big problem. We managed to see alot in the time we had as the ferries are not slow and seem to run on time. The time spent travelling is enjoyable as there is just so much going on. Don't forget your camera.
Pictures coming soon.
One of the nicest things to do in Sydney is to take the ferry to Manly Beach. You depart from Circular Quay, wharf 3 if I'm not mistaken, and the ferry will take you through the harbour right to Manly in about 30-40 minutes. The best time to take the ferry is on a sunny day during the weekend. There will be so many boats out there on the water, it's just great! When you arrive in Manly you can do some shopping in all the surf shops. At the end of the shopping street you will have the beach.
You wil have great views of the Opera House as you depart Circular Quay and on your way back you can take magnificient pictures of the city and the Harbour Bridge. Go back around sunset, which is around 19:30 or 20:00 in summertime.
The ferries are great to see all the harbour sites with so many destinations..but avoid travelling on them if possible in Peak hour they are packed with workers commuting..They are a great way to get around though..they go to many destinations..and offer great photo opportunities of city and Harbour panoramas..A cheap way to look at the city from the harbour.
Matilda boat company offers a range of products from sightseeing tours to simple ferry service. The Rocket Harbour Express is a single ticket good for jump-off-jump-on service to five stops around the harbour. If you want to go to the zoo for a couple of hours, for example, this is a nice transportation option. The Rocket Express also provides commentary along the way.
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.
The endeavour replica here photographed in Coffs Harbour has done a number of trips from Sydney since it was fitted out. It provides opportunities for young people to experience life as it was. It was exciting to see it roll into Coffs Harbour.....
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.
After our day in the Blue Mountains we were dropped off for one of the few bright spots the day had to offer. The water taxi back to Darling Harbour proved to be entertaining, refreshing, and visually stimulating. There are a lot of mansions along the banks, the skyline view is excellent and the clean air a welcome relief. If you have a chance to take this, or something like it, you should.
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.
Beside the ferry to Manly which is a day trip in itself, there are numerous other ferries around the harbour, taking you to places such as the Olympic Park, Taronga Zoo, Parramatta and loads of other destinations. Check departure times at Circular Quay, from where all the ferryies depart.
Okay, so you've come to Sydney to see the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Well, for the cheapest view of both and some of the best angles, you'll want to be on the ferry that goes over to Luna Park, McMahons Point and then into Darling Harbour.
This inexpensive and relatively short journey gives you wonderful views of tourist Sydney and many of its icons.
Luna Park is still fun for the kids (and more than a few adults) and it sits adjacent to North Sydney Swimming Pool where many a legend of the Aussie crawl has done laps.
The ferry then skips to the nearby McMahon's Point (there's a nice restaurant here) and then cuts across the harbour to Balmain and a couple of stops in the oh-so-touristy Darling Harbour where you have to be a total introvert not to find something to take your money.
There's everything from the Chinese Garden to the Casino, from dozens of epicurean delights to the Entertainment Centre; from the Aquarium to Imax, from Maritime Museum to munchies. Don't forget, bring your wallet with you.
The trip shows you the CBD of Sydney better than any other ride with some special angles. Make sure your battery has plenty of charge in your camera.
The ferry then returns to Circular Quay, making for a stunning short trip.