Ulmarra Ferry - Northern Ferries


Project overview

The Ulmarra Ferry crossing was established in the 1890s and is located 15 minutes north of Grafton.

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Changes to the Ulmarra Ferry service from June 2024

Reduced patronage, poor service reliability, vessel age, the availability of alternate routes and value for money considerations have led Transport for NSW to announce the Ulmarra Ferry service will cease from June 2024.

Find out more in the May 2024 notification (PDF, 464.29 KB).

Project information


The Ulmarra Ferry crossing was established in the 1890s and is located 15 minutes north of Grafton. The current vessel has been in operation since the 1950s. It connects the villages of Ulmarra and Southgate.

The ferry crossing has served the community well, however improved alternate transport networks have been completed in recent years and provide safer, more reliable efficient alternative travel routes for the community.

Transport for NSW has carefully considered the sustainability of the operation, taking into account reduced patronage, usage patterns, alternative routes/delays, reliability constraints and cost of replacement vessel, and has decided to cease the operation of the Ulmarra Ferry from June 2024.

We understand that ceasing the operation of the Ulmarra Ferry will change the way of travel for some ferry users and we hope that this advance notice will assist current ferry users to identify alternative travel routes moving forward. Alternate routes are available via the Grafton Bridge, or via the Bluff Point Ferry at Lawrence.

These alternate routes currently provide more consistent and reliable travel times.

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For further information, please contact:

Email: region.north@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Ulmarra Ferry, Transport for NSW, PO Box 576 Grafton NSW 2460