Palm Beach - Wagstaffe - Ettalong
The Palm Beach Ferry is the most enjoyable way to travel between the Central Coast and Sydney.
Sit outside on the deck. Breathe fresh air. And enjoy looking at the landscape… beaches, rugged coastlines and lush bush as far as the eyes can see.
The Palm Beach Ferry travels to and from Palm Beach, Ettalong and Wagstaffe.
Eight to ten ferries make the trip seven days a week. The journey takes about half an hour... amazingly quick considering that driving takes over an hour.
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Whether heading to Palm Beach, Ettalong or Wagstaffe, you'll have a great day at either end.
The Palm Beach Ferry is just like a bus but on the water – in a very scenic spot indeed...
The ferry travels through Brisbane Water, Broken Bay and Pittwater.
You’ll get fantastic views of:
You can take your dog on the boat if it stays outside. Or take your bicycle for an additional $3.00 for cartage.
Although the ride can get bumpy when the ferry crosses the open seas, it’s a pleasant trip.
The Palm Beach Ferry is used by commuters and day-trippers.
Try to arrive at the ferry wharf early. During the peak holiday period the ferry can get packed. And you may need extra time to find an off-street parking spot.
Also, if you want a great seat outdoors, arrive a few minutes before departure.
* Due to shifting sand bars in the Ettalong Channel the service may be diverted to Patonga instead of Ettalong or Wagstaffe. Check updates on the link below.
Website: Palm Beach Ferry
Timetable: Check the timetable here
No need to book. Just turn up. Sit down and someone will come around to collect the fees. They now have card facilities; pay with cash or card.
The trip takes about 30 min.
The ferry wharf is located at 1151 Barrenjoey Rd.
Parking in the area can be difficult. It can get jam-packed so allow plenty of time to find parking.
There’s a paid parking area just beside the wharf. Or you can park for free along Barrenjoey Rd or Iluka Rd.
Or catch the L90 bus if you’re coming from Sydney Central, Town Hall or Wynyard.
Get there earlier if you’d like to check out the cute shops along Barrenjoey Rd before you catch the ferry.
A visitor information centre sits across the road from the ferry departure if you need more information.
The Ettalong Wharf is located on Ferry Rd.
You’ll be able to find off-street parking a bit further away. We usually find a spot along Booker Bay Rd or Murray St.
You should be able to find a parking spot at no more than a couple minutes walk to the wharf.