Circular Quay, is the ferry transport hub of Sydney and is situated in Sydney Cove, or Warrane in the Eora language. Sydney Cove is bounded by the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the West and Sydney Opera House to the East. The area is also famous for The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, foreshore restaurants and bars. The neighbouring Royal Botanic Gardens is only a short stroll from the Sydney Opera House. Rocket ferries depart Circular Quay regularly for Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Manly, Shark Island, Lane Cove River and Darling Harbour.
Circular Quay ferry transport hub
Commuter & School Services
Watsons Bay - Direct services between Circular Quay and Watsons Bay, Monday to Friday during peak commuter times, excluding public holidays
Lane Cove - commuter and school services between Darling Harbour, Balmain East, Jeffrey St Wharf North Sydney, Circular Quay, Long Nose Point Wharf Birchgrove, Greenwich Point, Bay St Wharf Birchgrove, Northwood Wharf, Longueville Wharf, Alexandra St Wharf Hunters Hill and Riverview College Wharf Lane Cove, Monday to Friday during peak commuter and school times, excluding public holidays
Leisure & Tourist Services
- Regular services between Taronga Zoo, Shark Island, Watsons Bay, Manly, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay on weekends and selected school holidays aboard the Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer.
- 2021 NSW school holiday dates: 18Dec21-21Jan22.
- Variations to this schedule are noted on the bottom section of each timetable.
- Special timetables may operate on selected dates. Explore our timetable section for the latest information.
Circular Quay lies in Gadigal country. Warrane and Sydney Harbour were integral to the everyday lives of the Eora people. The men speared fish from the shoreline, while the women line-fished from their nowies (canoes). Bennelong Point, on which the Sydney Opera House is located, is name after a local Gadigal man. It was here the British First Fleet first settled in 1788.
|Route||Adult||Child||App (Multi trip)|
|To/From Watsons Bay||$8.50||$5.50||From $7.90 per trip|
|To/From Taronga Zoo||$8.00||$5.50||-|
Shark Island (return)
View return and concession fares here. Visa/MasterCard/Amex & OpalPay accepted. All ferry services are cashless. All prices are per person and subject to change.
Please note, the below information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change. Visit OpalPay for the latest information and services.
|What is Opalpay?||OpalPay is a convenient way to pay for travel using your Opal card on participating privately operated transport services.|
|Where can I use OpalPay?||You can now tap to pay with your Opal card on selected private ferry services. Look for 'OpalPay accepted here' signs.|
|Why use OpalPay?||With OpalPay, you can use your Opal card on a wider range of transport services, allowing you to travel to more places more easily. There is no need to buy individual trip tickets, you can just tap to pay with your Opal card for a more convenient way of paying your fare.|
|How much is an OpalPay fare?|
|How do I use OpalPay?|
|Which Opal cards are compatible with OpalPay?|
|Will tapping on with OpalPay contribute to my Opal travel benefits?||No. Unlike trips made with Opal cards on other public transport services, OpalPay trips do not contribute to Opal travel benefits or discounts.|
|Can two people travel together using the same Opal card?||No, each customer over the age of four must have their own reloadable Opal card with sufficient balance to travel.|
|What if my Opal card is lost or stolen?||If your card is registered and it's lost or stolen you can report on opal.com.au. Your existing balance can be protected and you can get it transferred to a new Opal card and sent to you.|
|Can a tap be reversed?|
|Is there a maximum fare with OpalPay?|
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