Burns Point Ferry

Operating Times

The Burns Point Ferry operates continuously from 5.30am to 12.30am daily. Closed for maintenance on the second Tuesday of each month from 9.00 am to 12 noon.

How do I purchase a Ferry Ticket and how much do they cost?

Weekly, one way and return tickets are purchased on the Ferry by cash or EFTPOS. Quarterly and Annual Ferry Passes and Books of 25 are purchased from cashiers at Ballina Shire Council's Customer Service Centre, 40 Cherry Street, Ballina by cash or EFTPOS.

Quarterly Passes are valid from 1 July to 30 September; 1 October to 31 December; 1 January to 31 March; 1 April to 30 June.
Annual Passes are valid from 1 July to 30 June.

2019/20 Charges One Way Book of 25 Weekly Quarterly Annual
Motor Cycles $3   $30 $48 $160
Motor Car and Vehicles (under 3 tonnes carrying capacity) $6.50   $60 $88 $320
Vehicles (3 to 10 tonnes carrying capacity) $14.50 $362.50      
Box or boat trailer (1 or 2-axle trailer) - ticket must be purchased with single vehicle ticket (total value $13) except where a valid annual ticket is displayed in towing vehicle whereby only the $6.50 charge applies $6.50        
Caravan (1 or 2-axle) ticket must be purchased with single vehicle ticket (total value $15) except where a valid annual ticket is displayed in towing vehicle whereby only the $8.50 charge applies $8.50        
Vehicle (>10 tonnes carrying capacity) (truck only) $16.50 $412.50      
Vehicle (>10 tonnes capacity) (truck and dog trailer) $23.50 $587.50      
Agricultural Tractor (50% of annual and quarterly ticket)       $48 $160
Vehicles (>10 tonnes carrying capacity) (truck and dog trailer) Ballina Shire residents only         $1,500
Bicycles (season tickets can be purchased from Council's Customer Service Centre and must be presented to the ferry driver. Season tickets expire 30 June. Single fares of $1 must be purchased when boarding the ferry. School children on bicycles are exempt from paying the fee.) $1       $54
Replacement Ferry Pass Stickers $8          

Pensioner Discount: A 50% pensioner/health care cardholder discount for ferry season tickets. The discount applies to motor vehicle, motor cycle and bicycle seasons and quarterly season tickets.

The following cards are eligible for the discount: Commonwealth Seniors Health Card; Health Care Card; Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card; Foster Child Health Care Card; Low Income Health Care Card; Department of Veteran Affairs’ Health Card; and Pensioner Concession Card.

The discount can only be obtained by presenting to Council's Customer Service Centre one of the listed eligible cards together with vehicle registration papers in the same name as the cardholder and the card must be valid as at the day of purchase.

Waiver of Ferry Fees: The following organisations are exempt from paying a crossing fee: Police; Ambulance; State Emergency Services; NSW Fire and Rescue; Ballina High School Marine Discovery Centre vehicle and Seabird Rescue.


More information

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Scheduled maintenance


The Ferry is closed for regular maintenance on the second Tuesday of each month between 9am and 12 noon. 


The ferry is put into dry dock for regular maintenance annually. It is necessary to put the ferry into slip to carry out mechanical and welding repairs plus give the ferry hull a blast and repaint. The slip dates are pre-arranged to coincide with suitable tides around the Wardell bridge and available dock facilities. 

Unscheduled closures

The ferry may also close due to extreme weather conditions or for unexpected breakdowns. For updates on the ferry service status visi myroadinfo.com.au

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