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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, but it generally takes no longer than five minutes per crossing.

Settlement Point Ferry

The Settlement Point Ferry crosses the Hastings River from Settlement Point Road to North Shore Drive, see attached map.

Operating time: 24 hours, seven days per week.

Service day: Ferry services will not operate on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm.

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.

Operating times:   6.30 am to 9.50 am, Monday to Friday 

2.45 pm to 6.50 pm, Monday to Friday

8.00 am to 6.50 pm,  Weekends and Public Holidays

                              Note: the Hibbard Ferry does not operate on weekdays between 9.50am to 2.45pm

Hibbard Ferry NSW School Holidays operating times:

  • Monday - Friday: 6.30am to 6.50pm
  • Weekends: 8.00am to 6.50pm

Service day: Ferry services will not operate on the 4th Thursday of each month from 10.00 am to 2.45 pm. 

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 encourages to use the Settlement Point Ferry for this reason.


The purchase of Ferry Concession Stickers and Annual Passes will be available for purchase from the North Shore Rural Fire Brigade shed on Thursday 20 June from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday 22 June from 8am to 1pm. For details on how to purchase tickets and what to bring, view the  Ferry Fact Sheet Flyer here68KB pdf(PDF, 68KB) .

Ferry Charges:

Please note: Single fare tickets can be purchased with cash or EFTPOS on the Settlement Point Ferry and with cash only on the Hibbard Ferry. The ferry operator does not have Eftpos facilities on the Hibbard Ferry.

Ticket Structure from 1st July 2018 - 30 June 2019

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 (Settlement Point Ferry - cash and Eftpos available. Hibbard Ferry - cash only)

Full Fare Prices 2018/19 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 Councils customer service centre at 17 Burrawan Street, Monday to Friday between the hours 8.30am to 4.00pm. 

Cash, cheque and Eftpos are accepted methods of payment. You will need your current drivers licence with an address in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area to purchase a concession sticker or annual pass at the concession rate. You will also need to provide registration details for the car you will be affixing the concession sticker or annual pass to. The concession sticker or annual pass must be displayed on your vehicle to be valid for use.

Complete the  form for Ferry Resident Concession Sticker37KB pdf(PDF, 37KB), print out and bring with you when making payment.

Cashless Trial on Settlement Point Ferry

To provide a more accessible and convenient ferry service to visitors and the community, we’re trialing the use of mobile EFTPOS facilities on the Settlement Point Ferry for around 6 weeks commencing on Friday 26 April.

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 trail may be suspended unexpectedly to  fix any issues that may arise with the mobile technology.

Towards the end of the trial period we will assess the systems performance and look to continue the EFTPOS service ongoing, with plans to also roll out on the Hibbard Ferry in the future.

The key focus of the trial is to: 

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


This page was last updated on: 13 June 2019