My Fast Ferry’s Eco Hopper 24-Hour ServiceJuly 10th, 2018 | | industry
My Fast Ferry’s Eco Hopper Service is a 24-hour hop on-hop off ferry that zips passengers from Darling Harbour to Manly Wharf, with various stops at secluded little piers in between, these include: Pyrmont Bay, Milson’s Point, Circular Quay, Fort Dension, Taronga Zoo, Rose Bay, Watson’s Bay, Q Station, Manly. The ferry will bring you to all the nooks and crannies of Sydney Harbour you never would have thought about going to (see route map).
The company, My Fast Ferry, has brought the hop on-hop off bus to the water, and added a thrill for those adventure-seekers. If are looking to spend the day exploring Sydney? Hop on an Eco Hopper at any of the given piers (Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Manly), and spend a bit of time exploring each stop. Or, hop on the ferry in the afternoon one day, and hop on again to go to another destination the following morning until your 24 hour ticket expires.
One couple from San Francisco, Anna and George, were only in Sydney for two days, and stumbled across the Eco Hopper Service while mentioning that they wanted to check out Manly to a travel agent. “You really get your bang for your buck. We’re able to see a lot more than we thought” Anna says. She and her husband paid for a combo deal: The Wild Life Sydney Zoo Combo, for which they each paid $59 for a Wild Life Sydney Zoo entry, Eco Hopper City Loop Hopper 24hr pass, Manly Fast Ferry, Manly to Darling Harbour Ferry, and a Harbour Beaches Ferry. Other combo passes include the aforementioned ferry services and an alternative attraction entry: Taronga Zoo, Big Bus Sydney, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower Eye, Madame Tussauds, Helitours, OZ Jetboat, or the Maritime Museum. Combo prices vary depending on which attraction you choose and whether you are an adult, child, or a family (see website).
The ferry itself is small and speedy, with an outdoor seating area upstairs and an indoors seating are downstairs. There are two crew members: a captain and the senior deck hand. I spoke to Nick, a senior deck hand, who enjoys working at Eco Hopper to meet new people and engage with tourists. “It’s a good way to see Sydney Harbour if you haven’t seen it before,” Nick says. Nick says the best time to hop on the Eco Hopper is during the summer, when the ferry usually gets pretty filled.
I agree with Anna and Nick; the 24 hour ferry ticket only costs $50 for an adult, as opposed to the cost of multiple tickets between piers, which would come to about $97. Overall, I’d recommend the ferry to tourists of all ages and interests.
Company: My Fast Ferry
+ Combo deals dependent on attraction entry of choice
Contact 02 9583 1199 for bookings & information
Written by Samantha Melamed