Sydney's Ferry Fleet


Project overview

Sydney’s Ferry Fleet is getting a boost with six new Inner Harbour ferries, added Inner Harbour routes and new Parramatta River ferries.

Key benefits

  • A simpler and more efficient ferry fleet that can carry more passengers
  • A faster, safer, more comfortable and accessible travel experience
  • Capacity to service new Inner Harbour and Parramatta routes and stop at new wharves


In progress

Sydney’s transport needs are growing and changing, which creates a need for new ferries. We have initially introduced six new Inner Harbour ferries to meet this demand, as part of Sydney’s Ferry Future plan. We are now working to procure four new Parramatta River ferries.

Increased ferry services are run around the needs of both business and leisure passengers. New east-west Inner Harbour routes will begin in 2017 between Watsons Bay and Cockatoo Island, and will also use new wharves, including the Barangaroo Ferry Wharf.

The new Inner Harbour ferries are designed by Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd, and have the following features:

  • Capacity for up to 400 passengers
  • Two wide walk-around decks
  • Accessibility for the less mobile and young families
  • Bicycle and luggage storage
  • Wi-fi access
  • Real time journey information
  • 12 wheelchair spaces
  • Rapid and safe boarding
  • Reduced travel times

Sydney’s Ferry Fleet project is also buying four new Parramatta River Ferries to support patronage on the Parramatta River. These will run between Parramatta and Sydney’s CBD.

These new ferries will enable us to provide more services, more regularly. Each vessel will have a capacity to hold 150 passengers, have accessible spaces, an accessible toilet and space for bicycles.

A select group of experienced ferry builders will be requested to submit an Expression of Interest. Design and construction is expected to commence next year with the first vessels in the water by mid 2019.

Roads and Maritime Services are also upgrading wharves along Parramatta River. They have now completed Sydney Olympic Park, Meadowbank, Chiswick, Huntleys Point, Drummoyne and Cockatoo Island.

Project status:

  • Six new Inner harbour ferries in service during 2017.
  • The first vessel was named The Catherine Hamlin after a pioneering Australian doctor following a public competition to name the new fleet.
  • Four new Parramatta River ferries are also being procured.