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Published January 17th 2011
Sydney's charm is its glorious water surrounds; its beaches, bays and water front views. You have the Sydney Opera House right on the Water's edge, Sydney's Taronga Zoo a hop skip and jump from the Bay, Sydney's Luna Park with a spectacular view of the City lights in the Water at night and a plethora of restaurants, hotels and attractions – right on the water front!
One of the best known ways to get around Sydney is via the water and Sydney offers a range of ways for locals, visitors and tourists to achieve their water travel experience. You can hire a boat, or catch a ride any one of Sydney's major Ferry services.
Once of the most popular Ferry services is the Manly Ferries, which travel from Circular Quay to Manly and from Manly to Circular Quay and the Manly Fast Ferries now also operating from Darling Harbour to Manly and from Manly to Darling Harbour.
Did you know that Sydney's ferry service was started back in 1855 by a man named Henry Gilbert who charted the Paddle-Steamer named the 'Huntress'? Did you also know that Henry Gilbert's business was acquired in 1877 by a Company called the Portland and Manly Steamship Company?
The Portland and Manly Steamship Company operated for nearly a century and was synonymous for the development of the Manly area of Sydney. The Portland and Manly Steamship Company truly was the beginning of and the backbone of the modern day Sydney Ferry System.
Does anyone remember the Hydrofoil Ferries? Apparently between 1967 and 1991 Hydrofoil Ferries operated along side the old Portland and Manly Ferries, but were replaced in 1991 by the more well-known JetCats. Although much faster, the JetCats unfortunately were not as cost efficient to operate, were not as reliable and were finally ceased in December 2008.
Whether you are travelling to and from work everyday, travelling to visit family and friends on the weekend, travelling for pleasure, or travelling around Australia as a tourist, Manly Ferry services is a great way to save time and money. Would you like some travel tips?
Sydney Manly Ferry passengers who travel to work everyday are best to purchase a My Ferry Travel 10 Pass, which can be used at anytime as it comes without an expiration date. Travellers may also purchase the My Ferry Travel 10 Pass or may purchase a My Multi Pass that can provide unlimited weekly, quarterly or yearly travel on all Sydney Ferries (including Manly Ferries Services) Sydney Buses and City Rail services.
Just travelling for the day? The My Multi Day Pass can provide unlimited daily travel on all Sydney Ferries (including Manly Ferries Services) Sydney Buses and City Rail services. So, whether you wish to explore Sydney; visit the heritage walks, museums, galleries or other fabulous Sydney attractions, or need to travel to work, or to visit someone on the upper or lower side of Sydney, there are Manly Ferry ticket options to suit everyone.
Did you know that Manly is 7 nautical miles from Sydney Harbour? What if I told you that Manly was once called 'Australia's Premier Seaside Resort'? Manly certainly is still one of Australia's Premier Seaside Resorts and you wont be disappointed if you travel there on one of Manly Ferries Services.
Imagine the beautiful sea breezes, the smell of the ocean, genal hum of the Ferry motor and the spectacular view from the Manly Ferries Services secure and safe floating vessel. Relax and enjoy the 30 minute trip that leaves regularly from Manly Hotel Wharf, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour all day and every night – check timetable for exact information - Manly Ferries Timetable
Circular Quay's Manly Ferry leaves from Circular Quay Wharf number 6 and is fully covered – a welcome shelter in the winter, spring and autumn rains, allowing Manly Ferry passengers the ability to get on and off the Ferries without getting wet or sunburnt while waiting for the Manly Ferry to arrive.
Darling Harbour's Manly Ferry leaves from Pier 26, which can be found close to the Sydney Aquarium, if you get lost, simply ask someone where to go and all shall be well. You will find a number of bars and cafes close by, so if you arrive early, why not sit and enjoy a coffee and cake.
If you want to purchase a ticket for the Manly Ferries there are ticket machines at the Manly Hotel Wharf, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour venues, as well as friendly Manly Ferry staff available at most times. Manly Ferries are access friendly too and offer Wheelchair access and connecting bus services that depart from the front stand section of the Wharf.
Once the shipping hub of the new Commonwealth, Sydney's Circular Quay is now one of Sydney's major connecting services port of call; Buses, Trains and other Ferry services interchange at Circular Quay, offering Manly ferry passengers a variety of onward travel options and destinations.
No I didnt know that ferries started running in the mid 19th century and no I dont remember the 1967 Hydrofoil ferries either. Needless to say for somebody barely 20yrs old 1967 is way too long ago. However I did not know that ferries had travel ten tickets like buses either and that interests me! I might buy a ticket and hop on a ferry next time I am at circular quay if its this easy. Thanks for the tip!
By Badhon M - senior reviewer Wednesday, 6th of July @ 05:41 am