The Ferries at Wisemans Ferry and Webbs Creek

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FERRY AT WISEMANS FERRY (Old Northern Road)

This ferry is one of two cable ferry crossings in the community of Wisemans Ferry, the other being Webbs Creek Ferry, which crosses the Hawkesbury River to a point upstream of the confluence with the Macdonald River.

The crossing is 366 metres (1,201 ft) in length and takes approximately 4 minutes. The ferry operates on demand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There is a second ferry available, which is used in high traffic situations particularly on weekends and when the other ferry is being serviced.

FERRY AT WEBBS CREEK (River Road)

This ferry also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and ceases for scheduled maintenance on the first Tuesday of every month between 9.00am to 11.00am.

Traveling across the Hawkesbury River is all part of the adventure and it’s a fun and pleasant mode of transport – use the time to enjoy the natural beauty of theHawkesbury River while you travel across the River.

These vehicular ferries are operated by a private sector operator under contract to New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services and is free of tolls.

History

Wisemans Ferry (early 20th century)

The ferry is named after its founder, Solomon Wiseman, a former convict (1778–1838), who received a land grant in the area from Governor Macquarie in 1817. Wiseman established the ferry service in 1827 for the transport of produce and provisions to the convicts building the Great North Road to link Sydney with the fertile Hunter Valley. Initially located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) downstream of its present location, the crossing was moved to its present location in 1829 when the Great North Road was repositioned and reconstructed. In 1832, the Wisemans ferry service was purchased by the government.

Until the opening of the Peats Ferry Bridge across the Hawkesbury at Brooklyn, Wisemans Ferry was on one of the main road routes north out of Sydney. However, when that bridge opened in 1945, vehicular traffic along the Great North Road through Wisemans Ferry was reduced, and the crossing at Wisemans Ferry could no longer be considered to be on the main route north to Newcastle.[1]

 

Information from Wikipedia.

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