Transport for NSW operates a ferry service connecting Lawrence and Woodford Island.
It forms part of Tourist Drive 22.
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MAR 202224-car main ferry offline for major maintenance
Mandatory three yearly major maintenance work will be carried out on the 24-car ferry at Bluff Point, Lawrence from 28 March 2022. This work is expected to take about 10 weeks. The 18-car ferry will serve as the main ferry during this time.More information
View the March 2022 project notification (PDF, 87.8Kb) for more information.
JAN 2022Local Aboriginal artwork unveiled on Bluff Point Ferry
The Bluff Point Ferry at Lawrence has been given a facelift with the installation of artwork created by Gumbaynggirr artist Angela Webb, who is also a staff member at Transport for NSW.More information
View or download the 21 December media release for more information.
JUN 2021Keep up to date with ferry services
Transport for NSW now offers a free, 24-hour, seven days a week service to keep you up to date with Clarence River ferry operations.More information
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MAR 2020Second ferry overhaul
Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions from 30 March when the 18-car second ferry at Bluff Point, Lawrence, is taken out of service for mandatory three-yearly maintenance.More information
The ferry was to be towed for maintenance on 10 March, but adverse marine weather conditions for offshore towing meant it was not safe, and the ferry was kept in service.
However, forecast weather conditions from 2-6 April are considered suitable for towing to Port Macquarie so the ferry will be taken offline from Monday so it can be prepared for the tow.
There will be no change in operations of the 24-car main ferry.
There could be delays and queueing issues at Lawrence until the second ferry returns in about two months.
To avoid delays, commuters between the Lower Clarence and Grafton are encouraged to use the Pacific Highway and the new Grafton bridge.
Transport for NSW thanks motorists for their patience during this time.
For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.
The large capacity ferry is the main crossing ferry and has a safe load limit of 135 tonnes and carries 24 cars each trip. The ferry operates 24 hours, seven days a week.
The smaller capacity ferry takes 18 cars with safe load of 90 tonnes and is used when the larger capacity ferry is being serviced.
Transport for NSW conducted a trial second ferry service during peak periods at Lawrence during April 2019, in response to community concerns about lengthy delays.
Following an assessment of the trial a decision has been made to continue the second ferry service during peak periods.
Two ferries will continue to operate at the same time between the hours of 7.30am to 9.30am, and 4pm to 6pm Monday to Friday, including school holidays.
Thank you to those customers who took part in the online survey during the trial. The information gathered will help us improve the ferry service.
More information is available in the second ferry trialled at Lawrence media release
March 2022 project notification
Main ferry due for major maintenance from 28 March .