Current Private Ferries Fares

IPART makes recommendations on the maximum fares that may be charged by seven private ferry operators that provide regular passenger ferry services under contract to the NSW Government in the Sydney, Central Coast and North Coast areas of NSW.
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Transport for NSW set maximum fares for private ferries for 2020 and 2021 in accordance with our determination in the following table.

Ferry operators can choose to set their fare below the maximum fare. To obtain actual fares for different services you should contact the ferry operator directly.

We determined the maximum adult fares for single journeys for 2021 based on our annual review of fuel costs and the consumer price index (CPI).

Maximum fares for private ferry services in 2020 and 2021 (including GST)


Maximum fares in 2020

Maximum fares in 2021

Change in maximum fare

Brooklyn Ferry Service




Central Coast Ferries



No change

Church Point Ferry Service




Clarence River Ferries




Cronulla and National Park Ferry Service




Matilda Cruises - Circular Quay to Darling Harbour



No change

Matilda Cruises - Circular Quay to Lane Cove



No change

Palm Beach Ferries - Mackerel Beach and the Basin




Palm Beach Ferries - Ettalong and Wagstaffe





Annual review of fuel costs and the CPI

In December 2017, IPART determined maximum fares for seven private ferry operators in NSW each year for the four years from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021.

Our annual review of fuel costs and the CPI for private ferry fares for 2021 found that:

  • Diesel prices in Sydney decreased by less than the 20% threshold that triggers a change in prices. As a result we have not recommended a change to the fares we determined in 2017 for 2021.
  • The change in the CPI applicable to updating the maximum fare for Central Coast Ferries and Matilda Cruises is 0.26%. This was insufficient to have an impact on the maximum fare for these operators, and their 2021 maximum fares will remain at 2020 levels.



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