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 2019 and 2020 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 following maximum adult fares for single journeys for 2020 based on our annual review of fuel costs and consumer price index (CPI):



Maximum fares in 2019

Maximum fares in 2020

Change in maximum fare

Brooklyn Ferry Service




Central Coast Ferries




Church Point Ferry Service




Clarence River Ferries




Cronulla and National Park Ferry Service




Matilda Cruises - Circular Quay to Darling Harbour




Matilda Cruises - Circular Quay to Lane Cove




Palm Beach Ferries - Mackerel Beach and the Basin




Palm Beach Ferries - Ettalong and Wagstaffe





2019 annual review of fuel costs and consumer price index (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.  As part of our annual review, we assessed changes in fuel costs for all ferry operators and updated CPIs applicable to two of the seven ferry operators:  

  • We found that diesel prices in Sydney have not increased beyond the 20% threshold that triggers a change in prices, and as a result, we have not recommended a change to the fares that we determined in 2017 for 2020.
  • We calculated that the change in the CPI applicable to updating the 2018 maximum fare for Central Coast Ferries and Matilda Cruises is 1.57%.


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