If our mobile number is not answered immediately, please wait a couple of minutes before trying again as the driver may be berthing the vessel or assisting passengers.
If there are any difficulties getting through on the voice system, do please send a text.
Closing times are variable subject to weather, local commuter traffic and seasonal demand.
If you are needing to travel after 9:30pm, please call the taxi number after 3pm and speak with the actual driver who will working through the evening.
Early contact is encouraged as last minute requests may not always be possible.
We're primarily a demand service. When you've got everyone and everything on the end of the wharf and you're ready to go, give us a call.
Bookings are only needed for the late evening (after 9:30pm) when demand slows.
Our fares are for the boat; we don't charge per head.
Up to six passengers with an airline-size, carry-on bag each.
Depending on weight and volume, excess baggage and/or cargo can reduce the number of passengers the vessel can carry.
We have Tap&Go, credit card facilities on all our boats. EFTPOS, MasterCard & Visa accepted.
Our business is people, not cargo. We will be very happy to recommend an appropriate punt or barge service if a client needs to move cargo.
If the driver agrees to take excess baggage or cargo, cartage rates may apply and an estimate will be advised at time of loading.
As a guide, single large and/or heavy items such as toolboxes, ladders and trolleys are $5 each and smaller items as $1 each.
Scotland Island has five major commuter wharves: Bell, Carols, Eastern, Tennis and Cargo. The Island is entirely residential; there are no shops or public toilets.
Note that the Community Vehicle (0404 103 700) can drive right down the edge of the Cargo Wharf which may be advantageous if you have heavy bags or passengers with mobility issues.
Access to the major wharves is generally only affected by strong winds and sea state, however, there are segments of the Island where access to waterfront properties with private wharves can also be limited by tides.
The Bays are on the western foreshores of Pittwater and back onto the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Although part of the mainland, they are water access only.
There are public wharves at South Elvina, North Elvina, Lovett Bay, Woody Point (Halls) and Morning Bay. Morning Bay was called Towlers Bay for many years and was recently changed back.
Access to the Pittwater YHA is normally via Halls Wharf, then approximately a 10 minute walk up a very picturesque bush track. The YHA can also be reached from Morning Bay Wharf which is a shorter walk but a steeper track.
The western foreshores of McCarr’s Creek back onto the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and are water access only. There are no public wharves, only private ones.
The properties are all waterfront and the original parcel of land was known as the Douglas Estate. There is also a small parcel known as the Calabash Estate.
The various public wharves and marinas are a source of restaurants and social venues for those living offshore.
Bayview: the Cafe on Pittwater and the Blue Pearl Thai Restaurant.
Church Point: the Waterfront Cafe & Restaurant and the Quays Marina Cafe.
Newport: the Royal Motor Yacht Club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and The Newport pub.
Clareville: the Clareville Kiosk.
On a more utilitarian note, parking at Church Point can be problematic at holiday times and visitors may need to park further afield.
The Palm Beach Ferry Wharf is the transport hub for northern Pittwater.
If the local services at Palm Beach are not operating, we are very happy to accommodate.
Common trips are from Palm Beach to Great Mackerel Beach, Currawong Beach, The Basin and Coasters Retreat.
Our office is floating about 100m north of the Church Point Ferry Wharf in Sydney's glorious Pittwater. We're back and forth from Church Point all the time so it's a great place to jump on but we'll pick up from anywhere we can safely get to. Give us call.
Church Point Ferry Wharf
1858 Pittwater Road
(PO Box 249)
Church Point NSW 2105
Bad weather significantly affects transportation for the offshore communities. Storms can cause services to be suspended or shutdown entirely.
More often, wind and sea state can make travel to certain destinations unsafe or the Master of the vessel may wait until weather passes over before continuing services.
To avoid inconvenience, do please call us and check if you think conditions are deteriorating.
Regular users may be invited to join the Frequent Floaters Club. Benefits include:
* 10% discount Monday to Friday
* free Medical Evacuation
* no cartage for weekly shopping
* most surcharges are waived
Members may opt-in for updates on WhatsApp, Twitter, Telegram and iMessage / SMS.
Debit Card accounts are available for regular users:
* casual (on-occurrence, no invoice)
* detailed monthly invoice
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