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.

Annual Maintenance - February 2018


Council can now confirm the Burns Point Ferry will recommence operation on Friday 23 February at 5.30am. 

Previous notifications advised return to service as Tuesday 20 February, however due to extreme humidity painting of the hull has been delayed. 
The Ferry has been in slip to carry out mechanical and welding repairs plus give the ferry hull a blast and repaint. The slip dates are prearranged to coincide with suitable tides around the Wardell Bridge and available dock facilities. The ferry crossing will be closed to traffic for the duration of this work. Council apologises for any inconvenience this will cause. Road users are advised to use the alternate route of the Pacific Highway and River Drive, Wardell. For updates on ferry operations visit MyRoadInfo.com.au

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

Weekly, one way and return tickets are purchased on the Ferry. 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. Vehicle Registration papers must be produced at time of purchase of quarterly and annual season tickets. 

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.

2017/18 Charges One Way Book of 25 Weekly Quarterly Annual
Motor Cycles $3.00   $28.00 $45.65 $153.00
Motor Car and Vehicles (under 3 tonnes carrying capacity) $6.00   $56.00 $83.90 $306.00
Vehicles (3 to 10 tonnes carrying capacity) $13.50 $337.50      
Vehicle and 1-axle trailer $12.00        
Vehicle and 2-axle trailer and caravan $14.00        
Vehicle (>10 tonnes carrying capacity) (truck only) $15.50 $386.50      
Vehicle (>10 tonnes capacity) (truck and dog) $22.50 $562.50      
Agricultural Tractor (50% of annual and quarterly ticket)       $45.65 $153.00
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.) $1.00       $52.00
Replacement Ferry Pass Stickers $7.40          

Pensioner Discount: Council resolved to implement a 30% pensioner/health care cardholder discount for ferry season tickets. Council will trial for a period of 12 months. 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 (Resolution # 230616/10)

For more information download the Schedule of Fees and Charges

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