Rosman Ferries History on the Harbour


Rosman Ferries' History on the Harbour

Discover the traditions of Sydney Harbour and its rich and colourful history on board one of the Queens of the harbour - a beautifully appointed historic Rosman ferry. Sit back and soak up the spectacular scenery of Sydney’s waterways while your tour guide takes you on a journey through the vibrant port’s chronicles.

The journey will unravel many chapters from the British colonisation of New South Wales and the convict era leading to the famous ‘Rum Rebellion’, right through to the painstaking construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the foreshore’s gradual gentrification.

Hear about the shady secrets of Sydney’s past - tales of convict skullduggery and mischief and how the waterfront survived the Great Depression of the 1930s. Modern day points of interest are also revealed, including the location for Hollywood blockbuster Mission Impossible II.

Cruise past Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as the once working dockyards of Cockatoo Island and Goat Island. Take in famous government buildings such as the Prime Minister’s residence, Kirribilli House, and the Governor General’s residence, Admiralty House, as well as many other famous waterfront landmarks.

Rosman Ferries has been operating on Sydney Harbour for over 90 years. Today the fleet provides a colourful and nostalgic reminder of Sydney Harbour’s heyday, when Australia’s oldest port was alive with commercial and naval shipping.

Resplendent in their federation colours of red and gold, each of the Rosman fleet’s five ferries are genuine reminders of the past, with thousands of stories deeply embedded in their beautifully varnished timberwork.

Come and experience an important part of Sydney’s history while exploring Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River’s rich and fascinating past.


Commissioner's Steps Circular Quay @ Circular Quay - Fort Denison, The Rocks NSW 2000


Adult $50, Child $30, Family $130


02 9955 3458 or adjacent to Wharf 5, Circular Quay

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