VEHICLE FERRIES IN AUSTRALIA

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:10
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I was just wondering approximately how many Vehicle Ferries are still in service around Australia and where are they? most people would probably recognise the one pictured, it is the Ferry that takes vehicles over to North Shore and up to Teewah Beach, It's located at Tewantin near Noosa, the current charge per vehicle is $6-00 one way, we pay $14-00 with the caravan, most weekends there would be a minimum of about 500 vehicles per day use it, the Ferry starts at about 5-00am in the morning and finishes around midnight on weekends, if you need access to it after hours there is a special charge for emergencies, we have been using the Ferry for over 20 years, and when we retire up there I want to get a job driving it lol lol.

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Reply By: The Landy - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:13

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:13
Four on the Hawkesbury River near sydney...all free of charge.
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Reply By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:16

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:16
hey Daza

that big rig of yours takes up the whole bloody ferry!!
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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:20

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:20
Yeh I reckon we have paid for the thing over the years,
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Reply By: Member - TonBon (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:19

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:19
Theres also the Putney Punt, otherwise known as the Mortlake Ferry that runs across Parramatta River between Mortlake and Putney. It is also free.
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Reply By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:20

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:20
Daza

Ferry at Lawrence between Grafton and Maclean is free.
Ferry at Ulmarra on the Pacific highway north of Grafton is free.
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Reply By: A J - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:23

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:23
Daza - there was one at Morgan across the Murray and as far as I remember it was free.



A J
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:46

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:46
Not only Morgan.......there are good number of ferries across the Murray from up near Renmark right down to Narrung.... Not sure of total number, but it would be around 12 I reckon. They are totally free and run 24/7/365. It'd be a pain of a job I reckon. There has to be an attendant on hand at all times. They ALWAYS return to the same side of the river where they have a base/office.

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Follow Up By: tim_c - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:51

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:51
You must almost be able to just drive across by now with the drought!
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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 10:21

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 10:21
A common misconception, Tim. The River Murray looks quite good above Lock 1 at Blanchetown. There is even water flowing over the control gates (environmental flow) and the pelicans love to catch the fish there. The Locks or weirs in SA maintain good pool levels within a metre or two at all times. The River acts as a reservoir for SA so it is carefully monitored. What does suffer is the extensive backwater and lagoon system. You can certainly walk across dried up lakes at a lot of spots including the lower reaches and that is very sad to see.

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Follow Up By: tim_c - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 12:41

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 12:41
You mean it's NOT as bad as the tree-huggers tell us it is?! :)
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Reply By: Cruiser .- Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:23

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:23
Daza,

2 ferries at Port Macquarie.

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Cruiser
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Reply By: tim_c - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:35

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:35
Daza, there's run running between Melbourne and Devonport! There's also one that runs from 'mainland Tasmania' :) to Bruny Island, and I've heard there's one from someplace in QLD operating to Fraser Island (unfortunately I've never had opportunity to use that one, yet!)

Tim.
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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:42

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:42
Yeh Tim we have shares in the Fraser Island Barges as well lol lol, also the one's that go to Moreton Island and the Barges that service the Moreton Bay Islands.
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:49

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:49
Oh, I forget the one that crosses the Cooper when it floods across the Birdsville Track (only read about it the other day!) - apparently it's always sitting there by the dry creek bed until it's needed.

They won't like your caravan on that one though - they're a bit nervous about anything they think might be top heavy after it tipped over with a truck on it (I think in the 1950's or 1960's - before my time!)
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Follow Up By: dieselpower83 - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:38

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:38
Lots for Fraser - 2 companies with 2 barges each operate out of Inskip that I know of, and I know there's others from River Heads/Hervey Bay but never used those!
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Reply By: D200Dug- Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:56

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 17:56
Not quite what you meant but there are Vehicle Ferries running to many Queensland Islands Stradbroke, Moerton, Fraser and Magnetic that I can think of off hand !
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Reply By: Tim - Stratford (VIC) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 18:13

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 18:13
One down here in East Gippsland, Vic - services the tourists and residents of Raymond Island near Paynesville.

It doens't run 24/7 but has an operator on standby (read big $$$). $8 for a car or motocycle - caravans/trailers are free!!!


Tim - Stratford.
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Reply By: robertbruce - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 18:46

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 18:46
there is prolly about 3 vehicle ferries near every park with a unlocked public-toilet open
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Reply By: Member - John Q (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 18:54

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 18:54
One runs between Lucky Bay (Eyre Peninsula & Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula in SA.

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Reply By: greenant - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 19:05

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 19:05
Dont forget NQ the Daintree and up the tip

greenant
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 19:32

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 19:32
Hi Daza,
There is one at Ballina, Burns Point Ferry, it is Council run and crosses the Richmond river to the southern side.
Cant remember exactly how much it costs, but I thought it was about 5 bucks.
As a kid we use to ride our pushies that way to have a surf at south wall Ballina.
Then I found it was much easier and quicker to paddle across the river from one wall to the other. Just had to pick the tide right and all was good. Until they made it an offense to do that. By then I had my car license :)


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Follow Up By: Member - Robert M (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 22:06

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 22:06
Hi Jon, I know that one, I went down there a couple of months ago to check it out. The last time before that, I was there was 1961.Image Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 05:55

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 05:55
Hi Rob,
And it doesn't look like they have replaced it in all those years. Still has a timber deck and holds about 8 cars if that.
If you had come down to the Clarence river in 1961, you may have found that there were 3 ferries at Harwood. Not that I was born then, just a few of the old identities around the Lower Clarence use to remember the days with the cane cutters using the excuse that they had missed the boat and had to have another beer at the Hilton while waiting for the next ferry. :) Here's a pic of the three ferries just before the bridge was opened in the early 60's
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Reply By: rumpig - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 19:42

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 19:42
There's the Moggil ferry here in Brisbane, cable ferry similar to the one on the Jardine up the cape. can't remember what it costs, but it's not very much, couple of dollars at the most i think. it seems to spend alot of time broken down but, so it's pot luck with getting to use it.
http://www.ourbrisbane.com/suburbs/moggill
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Reply By: Member - Amy G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 19:52

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 19:52
There is also a ferry between Wallaroo and Lucky Bay on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia- it is a nice way to get between the Yorke & Eyre Peninsulas without driving around the long way!
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:28

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:28
There is also one out on the coast at Nowra on the south side of the river out past the Shoalhaven van park.

It runs across to an island out there. Costs about $6





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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:32

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:32
One over the Pieman River along the Western Explorer Rd. in Tas. Costs about $20.00 and runs at the operators pleasure. Be prepared for a wait.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: goldiedingdangdo - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:53

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:53
100% right there. Even if you are polite and just wait around for another vehicle hoping you split the fair so to speak, no way. and it is flat out 150M $25 with camper thanks, I noted he also waited till there was a return journey to maximise his down time from the otherwise non producing retail venture attached.
Commerong Island from Nowra (to very nice land locked island,) free and used to be operated by a real character, split your sides laughing in 3 minutes.
Probably has a fare now but was great, yes you could often wait 15 minutes for him to finish his coffee (beer) and wander down to the ferry.
Memories!!!

Ian
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Reply By: chisel - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:36

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:36
There are about 10 ferries in total servicing North Stradbroke Island and the southern Moreton Bay Islands. Only 2 or 3 companies running them though.
There's also the Moreton Island ferry - Micat.
There's the ferry in Ballina to South Ballina beach (already mentioned?)
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Follow Up By: dieselpower83 - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:36

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:36
There's also the Kooringal trader operating from Amity Pt to Kooringal on Moreton.

There's 4 (or 5, depending on season) that service Straddie (3x or 4x Stradbroke Ferries, 1x "The Big Red Cat") last time I went but a number that service the other southern islands.
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:46

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:46
Theres one at Mungo Brush that crosses the Myall lake in NSW, near tear the

the rear end out of your car getting on to it....lol.


Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Flywest - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:52

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:52
2 in WA that I know of.

Omne crosses the Blackwood River in WA's southwest at Molloy Island near Augusta.

Theres another that crosses Blind Strait between Steep Point and Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay.

Maybe there are others in WA?

Cheers

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Reply By: Member - Matt H (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 22:27

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 22:27
Daza and All,

Dont forget Australia's Most Expensive Ferry!

That would be the ferry crossing the Jardine River on Cape Yorke.

At that time, there was no ferry service in the WORLD that was as expensive given the distance travelled!

Last time we travelled it in 2002, it was $66 return. Cash only, no credit or EFTPOS.

The bloody river was only 25 metres across! You do the math!

I'll refrain from commenting further so I dont incur the wrath of Michelle and David!

Matt
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:54

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:54
$99 in 2008 , 1.5 min actual moving time , $1-00 per second , dearest mechanical ride in Aus.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt H (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 21:45

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 21:45
Alloy c/t;

Wow! Not only the most expensive, but the worst maintained! The damn ferry was hardly running when we went through there.

I still have the original reciept for that "ferry" ride and the associated "brochure" that came with it, extolling the virtues of the area, and how the money collected was spent on maintenance and improvements!

What rubbish! We visited several of the so-called campsites/grounds that were allegedly maintained using this windfall from the ferry crossing - and none were usable!

Overgrown, rubbish everywhere, etc - who'd want to stay at them? Not to mention personal safety issues.....

Mmmm, let's do the math. Conservatively, lets say 50 vehicles a day use the ferry to access the Cape. At a ~$100 per vehicle (and that is probably more for tour groups) that = $ 5,000 a day CASH! Multiply that by an average tourist season of say, 4 months (and yes, it's probably longer than that), and you're talking more than $600,000 a season!

Where does it all go? Certainly not on improving the facilities for visitors!

And today I now read that Ayers Rock will probably closed to people who climb it! I guess enough money is being generated by the Cape that Ayers Rock and it's revenue is not needed!

What next?

Matt

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Reply By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 00:49

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 00:49
Don't think it is mentioned but the Berowra waters ferry just north of Sydney
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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 10:25

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 10:25
Don't forget the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry across the southern end of Port Phillip bay in Melbourne.
Barry.
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