The Freshwaters’ peripheral outdoor seating provides an immediate connection to the harbour. Photo: Howard Russell.

Higher up and more spacious, the aft upper ‘terrace’ affords passengers sweeping views and a refreshing sea breeze.

Well designed and public, the Freshwaters complement and are complemented by the Harbour’s other major icons.

Ample outside seating and open-air areas afford a number of vantagepoints from which to witness the thrill of the harbour.

The main deck entrance is generously proportioned to admit large and sudden concentrations of people.

Throughout the day, Freshwaters gently pull in and out of Manly Wharf without disruption to beachgoers.
Even locals cannot resist the urge to snap the sights of Sydney Harbour, whether on the outer decks or seated inside.

Despite its deep plan, natural light penetrates throughout the vessels, both on the upper deck and main deck.

Just as comfortable outside the harbour, the Freshwaters have occassionally plied waters such as the Hawkesbury River. Photo: City of Sydney Archives, Graeme Andrews.

Vessel particulars

  • Length overall: 70.4 metres

  • Beam (mld): 12.5 metres

  • Displacement: 1140 tonnes (fully loaded)

  • Crew: 6

  • Speed: 15 knots (18 knots both engines)

  • Decks: 3

  • Main deck area: 660 square metres

  • Upper deck area: 540 square metres

  • Bridge deck area: 500 square metres

  • Passenger capacity: 1100

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We acknowledge the Gadigal and Gayamaygal of the Yora Nation, the traditional custodians of the lands between which the Freshwater ferries have historically sailed. We recognise their continuing connection to land and water, the sovereignty of which was never ceded.