Kamay Ferry Wharves

This project is about the reinstatement of ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell.

Between 1890 and 1974 a ferry service operated in Botany Bay. The service ceased and the wharves were decommissioned following severe damage as a result of a storm.

La Perouse and the Kurnell Peninsula are located at the northern and southern sides of the ocean entrance to Botany Bay, approximately 14 km south of the centre of Sydney. These sites contain a rich array of historical, cultural and environmental value for all Australians, with Aboriginal cultural sites dating back thousands of years. Kurnell is the site of first contact between Aboriginal peoples and the crew of the Endeavour in 1770.

In 2016, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) completed a feasibility study into the viability of reinstating the wharves. The study concluded that reinstating the wharves would provide numerous indirect social, economic, cultural and tourism benefits for La Perouse, Kurnell and the wider Sydney area.

TfNSW has established a project team to undertake the planning, design, environmental impact assessment, procurement and delivery of the La Perouse and Kurnell wharves and associated infrastructure.

This project is about the reinstatement of ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell.

Between 1890 and 1974 a ferry service operated in Botany Bay. The service ceased and the wharves were decommissioned following severe damage as a result of a storm.

La Perouse and the Kurnell Peninsula are located at the northern and southern sides of the ocean entrance to Botany Bay, approximately 14 km south of the centre of Sydney. These sites contain a rich array of historical, cultural and environmental value for all Australians, with Aboriginal cultural sites dating back thousands of years. Kurnell is the site of first contact between Aboriginal peoples and the crew of the Endeavour in 1770.

In 2016, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) completed a feasibility study into the viability of reinstating the wharves. The study concluded that reinstating the wharves would provide numerous indirect social, economic, cultural and tourism benefits for La Perouse, Kurnell and the wider Sydney area.

TfNSW has established a project team to undertake the planning, design, environmental impact assessment, procurement and delivery of the La Perouse and Kurnell wharves and associated infrastructure.

Memories of the wharves and ferry service (1890 - 1974)

Do you have a story about the wharves or the ferry service? 

Perhaps you remember or you remember someone telling you about their experiences?  We want these stories to help us understand what you might value about the proposed reinstated wharves, and how these stories could be reflected in the way the wharves look and feel. 

You can contact us by emailing kamayferrywharves@transport.nsw.gov.au or call us on 1800 228 554. 

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  • WHATS THE ULTERIOR MOTIVE

    by Josie, 3 days ago

    Are we being sucked into thinking this will be good for locals, there must be ulterior motives, I do not trust the government and believe the councils are also being sucked in. Lack of transport and excessive traffic in both Kurnell and La Perouse areas cant be a good thing. Also it will encourage the Cruise terminal to be built. I say no to a Ferry service.

  • Tourism potential for the region:

    by Mikall Chong Bexley, 6 days ago

    Historical data on the early development of Australia from Captain Cook's landing to the eventual settling of Sydney Cove have some interesting stories of Brighton leSands and Rockdale, including Wolli Creek.

    Ron Rathbone's books on Brighton leSands, Rockdale and Bexley talked about the glorious haydays of this region as Greater Sydney's holiday/recreational resort. Its trams and baths drew thousands from all over Sydney.

    With the revival of significance in this region, viz-a-vie ferry service, the importance of Brighton leSands/Rockdale cannot be overlooked.

    We are 20-25 minutes from the Central and 10-12 minutes from the Sydney airport where on any given... Continue reading

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  • A Waste

    by Local, 7 days ago

    Why is the history of the ferry no being told so false and misleading ? There was a boat service between La Perouse and Kurnell for a long time. A number of wharves at Kurnell existed over time. The wharf destroyed in a storm in 1974 was the last. However, there was no ferry service operated for many years before that. The last ferry to Kurnell left La Perouse wharf in May 1965. It operated only intermittently from 1957.

    Why try to bring back something that has not and is not needed? An expensive short term novelty? Yes, there are... Continue reading

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  • Yes - An amazing journey

    by Atlau, 8 days ago

    This would be one of the most amazing journeys made on a ferry, in the world. I say we should do it, and encourage more visitors to bask in the beauty of Botany Bay

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  • NOT A GOOD IDEA

    by LittleBayResident, 9 days ago

    Traditionally Ferries are used for commuting to and from work. Why do we need a ferry to go from La Perouse to Captain Cook's landing place in this racially sensitive time? Is this for tourists purposes only?Aren't we meant to be respecting our first people and not destroying and polluting our natural habitats.

    If you were serious about this why is it only going from La Perouse to Kurnell and not to other locations such as Brighton and Ramsgate, or is this already planned?

    In addition, this is a terrible proposal because the people that will want to catch the... Continue reading

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  • TERRIBLE IDEA

    by EasternSuburbsRooster, 10 days ago

    What is the point of this????

    Is this for tourist purposes ? Because there is nothing here for tourists apart from an ice cream truck on the weekend.

    Hang on, I know where this is going.

    The government is grooming us for the COVID-19 cruise ships that want to take off from Yarra bay.

    A perfect excuse to dredge the sand to get in a large cruise ship but initially say its for the ferries.

    There is no infrastructure here for any of these services.

    There is one road in and one road out to La Perouse, its allready congested... Continue reading

  • More thought and care for locals...

    by Bholdsworth, 12 days ago

    More infrastructure means more out of suburb visitors and stress on an already stressed location. I'm not knocking progress but I believe more thought for amenity/comfort of the families who live here needs to be considered before blindly seeking dollars for someone else's profit. Why we need parking for a ferry coming to Kurnell is beyond me. Aren't visitors supposed to be catching the light rail on the northern side to meet the ferry and come to Kurnell? Or are they planning on the launching of some other business like wedding/party cruises and whale watching cruises out of the bay... Continue reading

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  • Brilliant project

    by Captain James Cook, 12 days ago

    I remember sailing into this bay for the very first time in the 1700's and thinking to myself that this would be a wonderful location for a ferry service between the place my monument is located to my friend "Galaup's" landing place in La Perouse.

    A car ferry might be too much and maybe keep it for passengers and their bikes only though...

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  • Great idea

    by Ashman, 13 days ago

    The distance between these great natural Sydney wonders is so short by boat compared to car. It would be both scenic and practical to reintroduce such a rout would be great if it went around to Cronulla as well.

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  • 2 lanes in & out required for captain cook drive

    by 2 lanes in/out of Kurnell required , 13 days ago

    If & when this ferry goes ahead, we will be in dire need of 2 lanes in & out of kurnell on captain cook road. We already have so many trucks and learner drivers going up and down this street on the daily, sometimes driving just 45km in an 80km zone, which is unsafe and incredibly frustrating, not to mention that any disruption on the road and having only single lane access means you are stuck, and there’s no way around it. Boat harbour already causes disruptions and blocks the single lane access in & out of Kurnell every weekend... Continue reading

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