How Long Is The Parramatta Ferry Ride To Circular Quay?

How Long Is The Parramatta Ferry Ride To Circular Quay?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 07/08/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Enjoy the stunning sights along the way as you cruise down Parramatta River.

Taking the ferry from Parramatta to Circular Quay is a spectacular way to explore the surrounding areas and a great way to get to Sydney or conclude your day in Parramatta. Generally, the ferry journey between Parramatta and Circular Quay takes between one hour to an hour and 20 minutes.

Those who take the Parramatta ferry to Circular Quay often spend the day exploring Parramatta or the picturesque Blue Mountains. It’s an excellent way to avoid heavy Sydney peak-hour traffic while enjoying scenic views. Upon arrival at Circular Quay, you can dine at one of the many restaurants overlooking the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Before embarking on the ferry ride, here are some activities to consider while in Parramatta or the Blue Mountains for the day.

Things to do in Parramatta

Parramatta is a popular city about half an hour drive from Sydney and is a major business and commercial centre.

– Westfield Parramatta

One of Australia’s largest shopping centres, Westfield Parramatta is worth checking out to knock out any shopping you need to do! Shop from a range of fashion, entertainment and grab a bite to eat at one of the many dining options.

– Parramatta Park

For over 160 years, Parramatta Park has been a public park. A great space for picnics, celebrations, and walks. Take on a self guided walking tour around the park or join the guided tour of Old Government House between Tuesday and Sunday.

– CommBank Stadium

Home to the Parramatta Eels, come watch one of the many National Rugby League (NRL) games that take place here every few weeks. CommBank Stadium holds 30,000 people and is built for the fans to bring them closer to the action. If it’s for sports, other entertainment, community, or cultural events, the stadium is the perfect spot.

If you’d want to see behind the scenes of the stadium, you can organise a stadium tour by filling out a form on their website.

Things to do in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a magnificent region to visit in New South Wales. About an hour’s drive from Sydney, it will take you out of the busy city into a lush mountain region.

– Three Sisters

The Three Sisters is one of the Blue Mountains highlights and is a giant rock formation sitting above Jamison Valley. The best spot to see the Three Sisters is from Echo Point lookout, especially at sunrise and sunset. 

– Katoomba Falls

Katoomba Falls is a beautiful waterfall and is considered one of the most photographed spots in the country. To view Katoomba Falls, there is a 45 minute to an hour walking track that loops to the viewing platform. You’ll have the chance to do some birdwatching and take in the scenery on this walk.

– Scenic World

A chance to see different views of the Blue Mountains, Scenic World provides three unique rides to go on. Home to the steepest railway in the world, the Scenic Railway was once used as part of the Katoomba mining tramways in the late 1800s. Or you can marvel at the views from Scenic Skyway or Scenic Cableway and take part in the easy 10 to 20 minute walk of Scenic Walkway.

A Blue Mountains tour provides a scenic retreat, complemented by a ferry ride from Homebush Bay to Circular Quay to end the day. Alternatively, travel from Circular Quay to Parramatta by ferry and explore this vibrant city that offers so much!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.