SS Kooroongaba

SS Kooroongaba was a vehicle ferry built for Sydney Ferries Limited. It later operated in Newcastle.

Name: Kooroongaba
Owner: Sydney Ferries Limited, Department of Main Roads
Port of registry: Sydney (1921-1932), Newcastle (1932-1971)
Route: Circular Quay-Jeffrey Street Newcastle-Stockton
Builder: Walsh Island Dockyard and Engineering Works, Newcastle
Yard number: 55
In service: 1921
Out of service: 1971
General characteristics
Type: Vehicle ferry
Tonnage: 313 tons
Length: 137 ft (42 m)
Beam: 35.9 ft (10.9 m)


Kooroongaba was built by the Walsh Island Dockyard and Engineering Works, Newcastle for Sydney Ferries Limited to operate vehicle ferry services from Circular Quay to Jeffrey Street. Made redundant by the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932, Kooroongabba was then used as a cargo carrier.[1][2]

It was then sold to the Department of Main Roads and moved to Newcastle to operate as a vehicle ferry between Kooragang and Stockton. It remained in service until replaced by the Stockton Bridge in November 1971.[2] It was sold in 1972 to the Philippines but sank off Crowdy Head while under tow.[1][3]

See also


  1. SS Kooroongabba Ferries of Sydney
  2. The Kooroongabba Bill Bottomley
  3. "Manila tug to make last bid to free Sydney ferry" Sydney Morning Herald 16 January 1972
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