McMahons Point ferry wharf, Sydney

McMahons Point ferry wharf, Sydney

McMahons Point Ferry Wharf is the commuter wharf serving McMahons Point in Sydney, Australia. It is part of the Sydney Ferries network. The wharf is on the northern side of Sydney Harbour next to the Blues Point Tower.

There has been a wharf at McMahons Point since at least 1839, when Blues Point Road was gazetted as a thoroughfare from there to the township of St Leonards. At the beginning of the 20th Century, a large number of passenger ferries plied the route between here and the city, with services known to operate every 10 to 15 minutes. 6 million passengers a year were served by the wharf. A tramway was added in 1909 to bring more commuters to the wharf.

When the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 the ferry services became redundant, and in 1935 small ferries operated by Hegarty Ferries took over the runs formerly operated by the larger craft operated by Sydney Ferries Ltd to McMahons Point.

The wharf continues to operate today, albeit with fewer services. However, an upmarket restaurant, Sails on Lavender Bay, now operates in part of the ferry terminal.


Services at the wharf operate on three routes, to Woolwich, Rydalmere and Pyrmont Bay. Only a limited number of Woolwich services operate to the wharf in the evenings and morning peak hour, but the other two routes provide a service at least every half an hour, with more services in peak hours, and an hourly service on each route in the evenings. Only one of the Bayview Park services stops at the wharf in the morning peak hour, heading to Darling Harbour.

Wharf 1

  • Balmain/Woolwich Ferry - services to Circular Quay; services to Woolwich and Drummoyne.
  • Birkenhead Ferry - peak hour services to Circular Quay; peak hour services to Birkenhead.
  • Rydalmere Ferry - services to Circular Quay; services to Meadowbank, Sydney Olympic Park and Rydalmere.
  • Darling Harbour Ferry - services to Circular Quay; services to Pyrmont Bay.

Bus Services

There is an adjoining bus stop at the wharf. This stop services the following routes:

Neighbouring wharves



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