Lawrence - Bluff Point Ferry - Northern Ferries


Project overview

The Ulmarra Ferry operates between Ulmarra and Southgate on the Clarence River. This ferry has a safe load limit of 35 tonnes and is capable of carrying 6 cars each trip. Transport for NSW operates two ferry services in Northern Region – at Lawrence and Ulmarra. Transport for NSW operates a ferry service connecting Lawrence and Woodford Island. It forms part of Tourist Drive 22.

Latest news

Mar 2022 - 24-car main ferry offline for major maintenance

Mandatory three yearly major maintenance work will be carried out on the 24-car ferry at Bluff Point, Lawrence from 28 March 2022. This work is expected to take about 10 weeks. The 18-car ferry will serve as the main ferry during this time.

View the March 2022 project notification (PDF, 87.8Kb) for more information.


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Project information


The large capacity ferry is the main crossing ferry and has a safe load limit of 135 tonnes and carries 24 cars each trip. The ferry operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

The smaller capacity ferry takes 18 cars with safe load of 90 tonnes and is used when the larger capacity ferry is being serviced.

Transport for NSW conducted a trial second ferry service during peak periods at Lawrence during April 2019, in response to community concerns about lengthy delays.

Following an assessment of the trial a decision has been made to continue the second ferry service during peak periods.

Two ferries will continue to operate at the same time between the hours of 7.30am to 9.30am, and 4pm to 6pm Monday to Friday, including school holidays.

Thank you to those customers who took part in the online survey during the trial. The information gathered will help us improve the ferry service.

More information is available in the second ferry trialled at Lawrence media release

Project documents

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Project notifications

Media releases

  • 21 December 2021
    Local Aboriginal artwork unveiled on Bluff Point Ferry at Lawrence.
  • 29 March 2019
    Second ferry trialled at Lawrence.