Cross Harbour ferry services

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Cross Harbour
TfNSW F4 2017.svg
MV Pemulwuy at Milsons Point, November 2016 (4).jpg
MV Pemulwuy at Milsons Point in November 2017
Waterway Sydney Harbour
Operator Harbour City Ferries
Began operation 26 November 2017
System length 8 wharves, 14.6 km
No. of vessels Emerald and SuperCat class

The Cross Harbour ferry service, officially known as F4 Cross Harbour, is a commuter ferry service in Sydney, New South Wales. Part of the Sydney Ferries network, it is operated by Harbour City Ferries and services the Darling Harbour, Lavender Bay, Rose Bay, and Watsons Bay areas. Introduced on 26 November 2017, the service replaced the entirety of the predecessor F4 Darling Harbour service and the Watsons Bay stopping pattern of the F7 Eastern Suburbs service. Emerald-class ferries and SuperCat ferries operate the service.


Prior to the introduction of the Cross Harbour route, service patterns on the Sydney Ferries network were often divided between wharves located west of Circular Quay, and wharves located east, with the exception of a short-lived service in the mid-1990s that linked McMahons Point and Rose Bay.[a] The Cross Harbour service is a successor to the Darling Harbour ferry service, which existed in many iterations between the 1980s and 2017. The new service was unveiled by the New South Wales Government on 27 March 2017.[1]


Wharves served by the F4 ferry
F4 wharves
Name Distance from
Circular Quay
Waterway Serving suburbs Other lines
Pyrmont Bay – Watsons Bay
Pyrmont Bay 4.5 km Darling Harbour Pyrmont none
Barangaroo 3.9 km Barangaroo, Sydney CBD
Balmain East 3.0 km Balmain East
McMahons Point 1.7 km Lavender Bay McMahons Point
Milsons Point 1.3 km Milsons Point
Circular Quay 0.0 km Sydney Cove Sydney CBD, The Rocks
Rose Bay 5.9 km Rose Bay Rose Bay none
Watsons Bay 10.1 km Watsons Bay Watsons Bay


The following table shows the patronage of Sydney Ferries network for the year ending 30 June 2018.

2017-18 Sydney Ferries patronage by line[n.b. 1] [2]
4 947 000

Patronage split post-November

Patronage split pre-November
1 506 000
2 900 000

2 545 000
592 000
837 000

136 000
469 000

760 000

637 000
  1. ^ Figures based on Opal tap on and tap off data.
    = Lines were extensively revised in November 2017:
    • F4 Darling Harbour was combined with part of F7 Eastern Suburbs to form F4 Cross Harbour
    • The remaining part of F7 Eastern Suburbs became F7 Double Bay
    • F8 Cockatoo Island was split off from F3 Parramatta River


  1. ^ A 1995 network map shows a route originating at Circular Quay, stopping at McMahons Point, and terminating at Rose Bay.
  1. ^ McDonough, Keely (27 March 2017). "More ferry routes and services between the North Shore, CBD and Eastern Suburbs". The Daily Telegraph. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Ferry Patronage - Monthly Comparison". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 15 September 2018.

External links

  • F4 Cross Harbour at Transport for New South Wales
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