Using vehicular ferries

Roads and Maritime Services operates vehicular ferries on rivers and waterways in metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW. There is no charge for using the ferries. Please refer to the Live Traffic Website for up to date operating statuses of ferries.

Sydney region

Berowra Waters ferry

The Berowra ferry crosses Berowra Creek at Berowra Waters from Bay Road (Tourist Drive 11) to Berowra Waters Road. This ferry is capable of carrying 15 cars with a safe load limit of 90 tonnes.

Note: trucks longer than seven metres are not able to approach the ferry due to road restrictions.

Operating time: 24 hours, seven days a week.

Service day: ferry services will not operate on the second Tuesday of each month between 12 noon and 2.30pm.

Trip duration: three minutes (please allow up to 10 minutes waiting time).

Mortlake ferry

Commonly known to locals as the ‘Putney punt’ the Mortlake ferry began operating in 1925 and is the only remaining punt in the Sydney metropolitan area. It crosses the Parramatta River from Hilly Street, Mortlake to Pellisier Road, Putney. This ferry is capable of carrying 18 cars with a safe load limit of 90 tonnes.

Location Operating times  
Putney side Monday – Friday (excl public holidays) Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
  6.55am - 9.35am and 2.55pm - 6.25pm Continuous operation on demand between 10.45am and 5.35pm
Mortlake side Monday - Friday (excl public holidays) Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
  6.45am - 9.25am and 2.45pm - 6.15pm Continuous operation on demand between 10.30am and 5.30pm

Trip duration: Five mins (please allow up to 15 mins waiting time).

Sackville ferry

The Sackville ferry crosses the Hawkesbury River, north of Sackville on the Sackville Road and connects the roads linking Windsor and Wisemans Ferry. The ferry at Sackville has a safe load limit of 70 tonnes and capable of carrying 15 cars every trip across the river.

Operating time: 24 hours, seven days a week.

Service day: ferry services will not operate on the first Wednesday of every month between 12.45pm and 3.00pm.

Trip duration: three minutes (please allow up to 10 minutes waiting time).

Webb's Creek ferry

The Webbs Creek ferry at Wisemans Ferry crosses the Hawkesbury River just south of the junction of the Macdonald River. This ferry has a safe load limit of 120 tonnes and can carry 24 cars each trip.

Operating time: 24 hours, seven days a week.

Service day: ferry services will not operate on the first Tuesday of every month between 9.30am to 12:00pm.

Trip duration: five minutes (please allow up to 15 minutes waiting time).

Wisemans ferry

The Wisemans ferry crosses the Hawkesbury River just east of the junction of the Macdonald River at the village of Wisemans Ferry. Bushwalkers wanting to trek up Devine's Hill and the Great North Road should use this crossing. The main ferry is capable of carrying 24 cars each trip and has a 120 tonne load limit.

Operating time: 24 hours, seven days a week.

The second ferry operates in conjunction with the main ferry on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 9am to 5pm. The second ferry has a safe load limit of 67 tonnes with 15 car capacity.

Service day: there is no interruption to service during maintenance periods as two ferries are available at this crossing.

Trip duration: four minutes (please allow up to 10 minutes waiting time).

Northern region

Lawrence ferry

The Lawrence ferry crossing the Clarence River at Rutland Street shuttles between Lawrence and Woodford Island and is part of Tourist Drive 22. The main crossing ferry has a safe load limit of 135 tonnes and carries 24 cars each trip. The second crossing ferry takes 18 cars with safe load of 90 tonnes.

Please note: Vehicles with long overhang will have problems boarding the ferry at low tide.

Operating Time: 24 hours, seven days a week.

Service day: there is no interruption to service during maintenance periods as two ferries are available at this crossing.

Trip duration: three minutes (please allow up to 10 minutes waiting time).

Ulmarra ferry

The Ulmarra ferry operates between the town of Ulmarra and Southgate. This ferry has a safe load limit of 35 tonnes and is capable of carrying 6 cars each trip.

Operating times: seven days a week between the following times.

  • 6am - 10am
  • 10.20am - 12.40pm
  • 1pm - 6pm
  • 6.20pm - 10.40pm.

Service day: ferry services will not operate on the first Wednesday of each month between 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Trip duration: seven minutes (please allow up to 15 minutes waiting time).

South Western region

Speewa Ferry

The Speewa ferry crosses the Murray River approximately 20km north of Swan Hill on an unclassified road between Swan Hill and Nyah. It is a three-car ferry with a safe load limit of 8 tonnes.

Day Operating times
Monday - Thursday 7am to 9pm
Friday 7am to midnight
Saturday 7.30am to midnight
Sunday 8am to 9pm

The last ferry leaves the NSW bank 15 minutes prior to end operating time slot.
The last ferry leaves the Victorian bank 10 minutes prior to end of each operating time slot.

Service day: ferry services will not operate on the second Monday of every month between 10:30am and 12:00pm.

Trip duration: three minutes (please allow up to 10 minutes waiting time).

Wymah ferry

The Wymah ferry crosses the Murray River around 45 kilometres east of Albury at Wymah (NSW) / Granya (Vic). It is a three car ferry and not suitable for caravans. The ferry has a safe load limit of 35 tonnes.

Operating time: seven days a week.

September to April: 6am to 9pm.

May to August: 7am to 8pm.

Service day: ferry services will not operate on the first Wednesday of every month between 9am and 12noon.

Trip duration: six minutes (Please allow up to 15 minutes waiting time).

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