The ferry, will offer international and domestic travellers a multi-dimensional shopping, dining and tourism experience, with a daily service between Circular Quay, Harbourside Shopping Centre and Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Hello Sydney! Shopper Hopper,” said Michelle Higgins, retail portfolio manager, Mirvac.
“By introducing this additional dimension to Hello Sydney! we can now offer an all-encompassing tourism experience, from sightseeing and entertainment to shopping and dining. Birkenhead Point and Harbourside are the only two shopping Centres in Sydney that can be accessed by water and are surrounded by many neighbouring communities – the Shopper Hopper will not only cater to tourists, but will also provide a convenient and much-needed service to our local commuters.”
The Hello Sydney! Shopper Hopper will provide a regular water service to the two Centres, with a sightseeing tour of Sydney’s most iconic attractions including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park, Cockatoo Island and the stunning City skyline.
The service will also provide a new transportation opportunity for local commuters of Drummoyne. Since the previous ferry to Birkenhead Point was decommissioned in 2010 due to the no wash zone at Iron Cove, commuters have been unable to travel by ferry into the city. The new route, direct to Circular Quay, will cut the journey time down from approximately 45 minutes by road to just 22 minutes across the harbour.
Shopper Hopper partner, Fantasea Cruises, will provide and operate the ferry. As part of the Riverside Marine Group, the cruise operator brings over 30 years tourism experience to the new venture and currently operates Sydney’s largest water taxi fleet in the harbour alongside their range of sightseeing cruises.
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