Sydney Fish Market receives about 3 million visitors every year. Over half of these visitors come by car. Parking costs $10 for one hour – not to mention the headache of fighting for a spot. It’s expensive, congested and luckily something you won’t have to do for much longer.
SeaLink Travel Group, the company behind Captain Cook Cruises, has announced Sydney’s first fish market ferry service will take to the waters on March 24 this year. Every weekend it will transport market-goers from King Street Wharf 1 in Barangaroo to Sydney Fish Market, and back every 30 minutes.
“It’s a dream fulfilled. I have been advocating for quite some time to get a ferry service and it’s an awesome opportunity to get more public transport to the market on weekends,” Sydney Fish Market general manager Bryan Skeeper tells Broadsheet.
To begin, the ferry will only operate on weekends at $9 per person for a one-way ticket and $15 for a return fare.
After more than 50 years at its current location, the iconic markets are [moving to the southern area of Blackwattle Bay. The new site will see it double in size, and quadruple the number of available parking spaces, as well as add a new road, and light rail and ferry connections. Construction is due to start in late 2018, and the ferry service will drop passengers at the new site when it opens.
Anthony Haworth, general manager of Captain Cook Cruises, is certain the ferry will help more people access the market. “The service will not only provide a quick thirty-minute ferry trip for passengers visiting Sydney Fish Market or the city but will also help reduce traffic in and around the city by taking cars and buses off our congested roads and expanding our blue highway.”
The Sydney Fish Market has been operating since 1966 and is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It trades over 13,500 tonnes of seafood annually and has its own seafood school providing tips on how to prepare and cook seafood. With on-site restaurants and cafes, the market is a huge tourist attraction that Skeeper believes, will only grow.
“It’s fantastic to have a connection to the water. We are all about connecting people with products that have been harvested in the sea, to travel across the sea, to buy your produce, creates this special journey.”
From March 24, the Sydney Fish Market ferry will operate on weekends, every half an hour, from 9am–5pm.