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Wisemans Ferry - Cities, Towns and Localities
The small river settlement of Wisemans Ferry is surrounded by national parks and reserve including Dharug National Park, Parr State Conservation Area, Marramarra National Park and nearby Yengo National Park. Located on the Hawkesbury River it is a popular escape and holiday retreat for nearby Sydneysiders, with plenty of bush and birdlife.

Wisemans Ferry was named after the emancipist entrepreneur Solomon Wiseman, a former convict, who received a land grant from Governor Macquarie in 1817. Wiseman then established a ferry service in 1827 on the Hawkesbury River. The ferry service is still running today.

Wiseman’s Ferry is about 60 km north-east of Sydney. Near the ferry that carries motorist from Wiseman’s Ferry across the Hawkesbury River, towards St Albans is the Wiseman’s Ferry Park. A great little park, right next to a golf course, offering a small play area, toilets and kiosk. The area also has craft shops and cafes.

Check out our listing of Hunter Valley accommodation and Hunter Region accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Sydney Hills Visitor Information Centre
656B Old Northern Road
Ph: 02 9651 4411
Toll: 1300884 881
Fax: 029651 4513
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Wisemans Ferry Attractions

Wisemans Ferry Service
• The Hawkesbury River has 4 vehicular ferries that run on a daily basis. These are located at Lower Portland, Webbs Creek, Sackville and Wisemans Ferry.

The Wisemans Ferry punt service on the Hawkesbury River has historic significance being a rare surviving example of one of the earliest and most prevalent forms of river crossing instituted in NSW after European settlement.

Local resident and emancipist entrepreneur Solomon Wiseman, established the first ferry service across the Hawkesbury River in 1827, moving it to its present location two years later. The crossing has remained in-situ and in use since 1829, making it the oldest ferry crossing in NSW (and possibly Australia) still in operation.

The ferry crossing also has associations with Surveyor General Sir Thomas Mitchell, who oversaw the relocation of the northern ascent of the Great North Road to its present alignment, which saw the relocation of the ferry to its present location by 1829.

Vehicular ferries were widely used due to the extensive river system throughout the state, and were typically instituted at tidal crossings that were either too turbulent or too wide to accommodate the construction of bridges. As bridge technology developed and the State economy grew, the vast majority of the ferry services in NSW have since been replaced with bridges.

Today, only ten RTA controlled vehicular ferry services are still in operation in the state.

Additional historical information can be found on the RTA website — Cable Ferry, Wisemans Ferry.

Source: Roads and Traffic Authority NSW — Cable Ferry, Wisemans Ferry

Wisemans Ferry service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Up-dated RTA vehicle ferry operation information can be found on the RTA website - Vehicle Ferries.

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Wisemans Ferry Distance

Distance to Wisemans Ferry
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Wisemans Ferry:
• Dural (Postcode 2330) 163.3
• Hornsby 46.5
• Gosford 79.0
• St Albans 21.0
• Sydney 71.1
• Woy Woy 85.0
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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