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Settlement Point Ferry

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council operates two ferries within Port Macquarie that provide vehicle access across the Hastings River to the North Shore. There is no set timetable for ferry crossings, as the time taken to journey across the river varies depending on tidal conditions, however it generally takes no longer than five minutes per crossing.

Flood Disaster Ferries Update:

The Settlement Point Ferry is operating for local residents and emergency services vehicles ONLY from Sunday 28 March until further notice. Please avoid the area if you are not a resident of the North Shore to allow for emergency services and residents to undertake the clean-up following the recent flood event.

The Hibbard Ferry is currently not operational while it undergoes planned detailed maintenance. Due to the impacts of recent flooding at the contractor's worksite, the maintenance schedule has been extended until mid-late May.

Settlement Point Ferry

The Settlement Point Ferry crosses the Hastings River from Settlement Point Road to North Shore Drive. There is no scheduled timetable for when the ferry runs. Generally, it will run once it is loaded with cars, every 15 minutes or so. 

Operating time: 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Service day: Settlement Point Ferry will not operate on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 9.30am to 3.00pm.
Load Limit: This ferry has a safe load limit of 105 tonnes and can carry 21 cars per trip.

Hibbard Ferry

The Hibbard Ferry crosses the Hastings River from Boundary Street to Riverside Drive, see attached map.

*Hibbard Ferry is currently out of service*

Hibbard Ferry will be out of service until mid-late May. The ferry is being serviced at Birdon Marine, but their site was significantly impacted in the floods.

We're working with the team at Birdon to help with repairs and are aiming to have the service back up and running by late May/early June, weather permitting.

Drivers - please use the Settlement Point Ferry in the meantime
Public transport - a shuttle bus service will run from the western end of Riverside Drive for connection with the Settlement Point north bank between the hours of 6:25 am - 9:00 am & 3:00 pm - 5:45 pm weekdays
Bin collection - collections will start at 5:00 am during this time. Remember to put your bins out Thursday night before. 

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*Hibbard Ferry is currently out of service*

Operating times:

Monday to Friday                                      6.30am to 9.50am and 2.45pm to 6.50pm
(not operational weekdays between 9.50am and 2.45pm)
Weekends and Public Holidays           8.00am to 6.50pm

NSW School Holiday Operating times:

Monday to Friday                                      6.30am to 6.50pm
Weekends and Public Holidays           8.00am to 6.50pm

Service day: Hibbard Ferry will not operate on the fourth Thursday of each month from 10.00am to 2.45pm.
Christmas day: Hibbard Ferry will not operate on Christmas day.
Load Limit: This ferry has a safe load limit of 90 tonnes and can carry 15 cars per trip.

Due to the tide variation, loading can be restricted for larger trucks. Trucks are therefore encouraged to use Settlement Point Ferry. 

Ferry Charges:

Settlement Point and Hibbard Ferry: All fare tickets can be purchased at the ferry with cash or EFTPOS

Ticket Structure from 1st July 2020 - 30 June 2021:

Type of Ticket Where to Purchase  Cost (incl GST) Use / Guidelines
Resident Concession Sticker Council Offices 
(See 'How to buy Resident Concession Sticker' below)
$55 (financial year)
Available to all residents and
rate payers of the LGA
Resident concession stickers
must be affixed to the windscreen
of a nominated vehicle in order to
receive concession ticket prices.
Annual Pass Council Offices $350 (cars) includes resident
concession sticker
Annual passes can only be used
by a nominated vehicle and MUST
be affixed to the windscreen.
Concession Ticket Books  Ferry Operator 25 ticket book = $20
Car single trip = 1 ticket
Motocycle single trip = 1/2 ticket
Trucks > 4t GVM (approx 2 ton payload) = 3 tickets
Semi-trailers, dog-trailers
articulated vehicles = 4 tickets
Caravan / trailer single trip = 1 ticket when
towed by a vehicle displaying a resident concession sticker
Can only be purchased AND used by a vehicle displaying a resident concession sticker.
Concession travellers will hand the ferry operator the correct number of tickets for their vehicle type on boarding.
Concession ticket books do not have an expiry date.
Monthly ticket Ferry Operator $30 per month (cars) purchased with a resident concession sticker Once purchased, tickets are transferrable and can be used on any like vehicle.
Weekly ticket Ferry Operator $10 per week (cars) purchased with a resident concession sticker Once purchased, tickets are transferrable and can be used on any like vehicle.

Standard Fares purchased at the Ferry:

Full Fare Prices 2020/21 Fee
 Single trip - Motorcycle $2.00 
 Single trip - Cars $5.00 
 Single trip - Caravan / Trailer (extra) $5.00
 Single trip - Trucks >4t. GVM  $10.00 
 Single trip - Semi-trailer / Articulated $15.00
 Weekly pass - Cars $40.00 
 Monthly pass - Cars $100.00 
 Pedestrians and Cyclists  FREE

How do I buy a Resident Concession sticker?

Resident Concession stickers and Annual Passes can be purchased at Council's customer service centre at 17 Burrawan Street Port Macquarie, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm.  Cash, cheque and EFTPOS are accepted methods of payment.

To apply for a Resident Concession sticker or Annual Pass residents must provide their current drivers licence showing an address in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area. Residents must also provide registration details of the car to which the concession sticker or annual pass will be affixed - the sticker or annual pass must be displayed on the vehicle to be valid for use.

Complete the  form for Ferry Resident Concession Sticker122KB pdf(PDF, 122KB), print the form and bring with you when making payment.

Cashless trial on Settlement Point and Hibbard Ferries

To provide a more accessible and convenient ferry service to visitors and the community, Council is trialing the use of mobile EFTPOS facilities.

The trial is not necessarily about testing the mobile technology, but rather testing the practicality of using mobile technology to take payments on an operational ferry site.

Please exercise patience with ferry operators during the trial period as minor delays can be expected. To ensure a safe ferry service and to avoid lengthy delays, the trial may be suspended unexpectedly to resolve any issues that may arise with the mobile technology.

At the end of the trial period Council will assess the system's performance and consider continuing the EFTPOS service. 

The key focus of the trial is to test the: 

  • reliability and consistency of a cellular connection at the ferry site
  • ferry operator’s ability to handle a device while still coordinating other ferry operations – safety is a key consideration
  • impact on traffic flow whilst taking electronic payments and cash
  • processing and reconciling of electronic payments through Council’s financial system.


This page was last updated on: 20 April 2021