Palm Beach Ferries
Connecting the Northern Beaches, Pittwater and the Central Coast since 1982
Our Palm Beach Ferry Service operates all day, every day. With seven departure locations, you can join us at a time and place that suits your itinerary. Our services are passenger ferries only, there is not currently a car ferry service connecting the Northern Beaches and Central Coast. View the Ferry Timetable.
Palm Beach to Ettalong via Wagstaffe
Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries provides this reliable highspeed, scenic service. With regular departures from Palm Beach wharf, travelling across four waterways, it is not only the fastest, but most enjoyable way to travel between the beaches and the central coast. We don’t mind if you bring your dog along for the ride (as long as it stays outside) and you can bring your bike for an extra $6.00.
Whilst we may be biased in saying that this is one of the most picturesque journeys in NSW, we recommend you take a seat outside to absorb the fresh air, landscapes, beaches, coastline and bush. You may even see the seals basking on the rocks under the light house!
- Barrenjoey Lighthouse
- Lion Island
- Lobster Beach
- Bouddi National Park
- Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
- Pearl and Umina Beaches
- Broken Bay, Brisbane Water, Pittwater
Palm Beach to Wagstaffe 20 minutes Wagstaffe to Ettalong 10 minutes Ettalong to Palm Beach 25 minutes
Ferry Rd, Ettalong Beach NSW 2257
Parking: Off-street parking is available along Booker Bay Rd and Murray St.
Mullhall St, Wagstaffe NSW 2257
Palm Beach Wharf
Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach NSW 2108
Pittwater Park 74 spaces
Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108
Palm Beach Carpark 36 spaces
Ocean Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108
Palm Beach Ferry Wharf 50 spaces
Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108
On street parking is also available in the surrounding streets
Palm Beach Adventure
My wife and I caught a ferry from Ettalong to Palm Beach for the morning. The ferry was on time, clean, and a very comfortable ride. Once you board the ferry and take your seat the deck hand will come around, take your payment, and issue you a ticket. This ferry doesn’t operate on the NSW public transport ‘Opal Card’ system. We caught the ferry on a public holiday and the line was quite long. Not sure how it is normally but I would recommend arriving early.
– Tripinator146 | Maitland, Australia
An Excellent Service – Essential for the Central Coast
We have availed ourselves of this service on many occasions. A relaxing 30 minute trip to Palm Beach is far better than the one and a half hour drive from the Central Coast.
The ferry is always on time, the crew members are efficient, helpful and friendly.
This service is well worth the money and I feel is “critical” to transport options between the Central Coast and the Palm Beach peninsula.
Dredging of the channel is a continual issue, and whilst ferry services have had to be cancelled at various times (but not very often) this is not the ferry company’s fault – local council and government inaction has its impact.
The cruise across Broken Bay with Lion’s Head the outstanding feature is a pleasurable experience.
– Phillip8789 | Terrigal, Australia
Great ferry service.
Fantasea ferries run some great services. We took the ferry from from Ettalong Beach to Palm Beach and it cost us less than what we would have paid in parking along in Palm Beach. The ferry trip from Ettalong Beach made for a lovely day out without 1 and 3 year olds. The boats were clean and looked well looked after. There was a toy box on board for children to play with during the journey – great idea.
– themurrayfamily | Sheffield, United Kingdom
Great ferry ride to Ettalong
great ferry ride, good views, friendly staff. Good timetable. We caught the 12noon ferry and had lunch at The Box takeaway Ettalong, fish and chips and a beer. Followed by a swim then back on the 2.30 pm ferry back to Palm Beach.
The staff at Fantasea cruises are very professional and extremely helpful. They were so happy and were friendly to customers. How they navigate so easily around those sandbars we Will never know. We had such a pleasant trip and will certainly be back again soon.
Palm Beach to The Basin, Coasters Retreat
Bennets Wharf, Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong Beach & Mackerel Beach
Step on board the iconic Palm Beach ferry Myra for a leisurely cruise on Pittwater. The first two stops Bennets Wharf and Bonnie Doon are the gateway to Coasters Retreat. They are closely followed by the is the most popular destination of all, The Basin; offering flat, grassy camping grounds and excellent picnic facilities. Protected by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and with deep water anchorage and protected swimming lagoon, the Basin is truly one of Sydney’s sun drenched, idyllic natural wonders. We then continue on our journey to a little hideaway called Currawong Beach. The fifth and final stop on the ferry route is the famous Mackerel Beach before returning to Palm Beach.
The ferry departs Palm Beach hourly seven days a week, join us to experience one of these amazing destinations first-hand or stay on-board the ferry and marvel at the Beauty of Pittwater and the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. The round-trip journey takes approximately 45 minutes, but once on-board you will be in no hurry to rush home.
Palm Beach to The Basin 20 minutes The Basin to Mackerel Beach 10 minutes Mackerel Beach to Palm Beach 15 minutes
Coasters Retreat NSW 2108
Bonnie Doon Wharf
Coasters Retreat NSW 2108
The Basin Wharf
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NSW 2083
Currawong Beach NSW 2108
Mackerel Beach Wharf
Ross Smith Parade
Great Mackerel Beach NSW 2108
great day out
sail to the basin or currawong beach or mackerel beach. you can hike from each wharf to another or hike to the famous west head lookout from mackerel beach. it’s a bit of a climb
– TravelManiac333 | Sydney, Australia | Read this review on TripAdvisor
Got a ferry from the pier at Pittwater across to the basin. We did the roundtrip just to see what the little bays were like. It took about 45mins in total and the whole area is beautiful. If I ever get the chance again I would get off and walk around, unfortunately we were on our final day so a little pushed for time.
– clairedjnj | Newcastle, United Kingdom | Read this review on TripAdvisor
A service for the locals and tourists alike.
As we used to live on the western fore shores of Pittwater, I cannot say enough about this service. No matter what the weather they are reliable and helpful. A round trip from Palm Beach to Coasters Retreat, Mackerel Beach is a holiday in itself.
– Tanya W | Newport, Australia | Read this review on TripAdvisor
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FERRY FARE 2020
Transport for NSW, in line with the recommendation from IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal), has increased one way fares by 20¢ for children and concession and 40¢ for adults.
We are keeping the Ferry 10 pass discounted at the same price as 2019 Children under 5 travel for free
As a result our new fares as from 1st January 2020 is as follows:
|Basin Service||One way||Return||Ferry 10|
|Child 5 – 15yrs||$4.30||$8.60||NA
|PET Offshore residents: seniors & pensioner||Free day pass||Free day pass||NA|
|Ettalong Service||One way||Return||Ferry 10|
|Child 5 – 15yrs||$6.10||$12.20||NA|
If you are an eligible pensioner or senior concession card holder and live on the Western Foreshore please register for the PET pass at our office.
Effective as from 1st January 2020