Sydney RiverCat

The Sydney RiverCats are a class of catamarans operated by Harbour City Ferries on the Parramatta River.

Sydney RiverCats
Dawn Fraser in Darling Harbour in December 2014
Class overview
Builders: NQEA Australia
Completed: 7
Active: 7
General characteristics
Type: Catamaran
Length: 36.8 metres
Beam: 10.5 metres
Draught: 1.4 metres
Installed power: 2x MTU Series 60
Speed: 22 knots
Capacity: 230


Between 1992 and 1995, the State Transit Authority purchased seven RiverCats from NQEA Australia, Cairns to operate Parramatta River services. They replaced First Fleet class ferries on the Circular Quay to Meadowbank service, as well as allowing services to be extended to Parramatta wharf from 1993. They were named after famous Australian female athletes.[1][2][3]

Although they primarily operate Parramatta River services, they on occasions operated Eastern Suburbs services.[4]


NameCall SignMMSIShipyard NoYear in serviceNamesake
Betty Cuthbert185555033761001992Betty Cuthbert[5]
Dawn Fraser185545033762001992Dawn Fraser[6]
Evonne Goolagong187055033763001993Evonne Goolagong[7]
Shane Gould186425033767001841993Shane Gould
Marlene Mathews186435033766001851993Marlene Mathews
Marjorie Jackson187065033764001861993Marjorie Jackson
Nicole Livingstone190445032419001995Nicole Livingstone

See also


  1. History Sydney Ferries
  2. Parramatta RiverCat Ferry Services New South Wales Legislative Assembly Hansard 25 February 1992
  3. Fifty Years of Sydney's Public Ferries Afloat Magazine June 2009
  4. Betty Cuthbert Itineraries 18 May 2016 Marine Traffic
  5. Betty Cuthbert Ferries of Sydney
  6. Dawn Fraser Ferries of Sydney
  7. Evonne Goolagong Ferries of Sydney

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