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Published November 21st 2016
Take A Slow Boat To Sydney
Try a different mode of transport next weekend and catch the Rivercat (low wash catamaran ferry) from Parramatta to the city along the Parramatta River.
Forget the traffic, sit back and revel in the scenery on the 90 minute trip from Parramatta to Circular Quay. Along the way, a variety of riverscapes will be encountered such as mangroves along the narrows between Parramatta and Rydalmere. As you cruise along you may see families picnicking by the river at Kissing Point and Olympic Park, bike riders racing along the river cycleways, fisherman and pleasure craft.
The map shows the various stops along the route. As well as the beautiful natural environment it is enjoyable looking at the riverside architecture which ranges from historic heritage buildings to modern mansions.
Planning your trip using the transport nsw website, you may decide to take the ferry one way and train or bus it the other. Alternatively, you may decide to alight at a wharf such as Olympic Park, Kissing Point, Abbotsford or Cockatoo Island. Approaching the city the river widens and stunning vistas beckon. The river at passes under a few bridges and close to some islands as the Sydney Harbour Bridge comes into view.
The Sunday cap on Opal card fares means one can travel all day for a total of $2.50. Check the timetables for an express service if you are in a hurry to get to Circular Quay or back to Parramatta. During times of low tide, you can travel to the Rydalmere Wharf from Parramatta and vice versa.