Your Guide To Meadowbank Ferry Wharf

Disabled Access – YES Food and Drink Options – YES Tourist Attractions – NO Transport Links – YES Shopping Centre – YES Nightlife – NO

The Meadowbank Ferry Wharf sits north of the Parramatta River on the northern side of the John Whitton Bridge and is the ideal pick up or drop off point for boat charters for anyone located or staying within the Meadowbank suburb. The wharf has two platforms, disabled access and features connecting bus and ferry services. There is also a sizeable car park and shelters for passengers to relax in whilst waiting for their boats. The wharf itself was upgraded in 2016.

Meadowbank is part of the Northern Suburbs area and is a mixed commercial and residential area featuring a number of small shops and a shopping centre. It was once a heavily industrial area, but is currently undergoing gentrification, with the old factories slowly being replaced by waterfront accommodation.

History

Ryde wharf, located to the east of Meadowbank Wharf, was originally the passenger wharf servicing the area, but after the Ryde Bridge was built in the 1930s, Meadowbank Wharf became the westernmost point in Sydney for ferry services. Meadowbank was named by Surgeon Willian Balmain in 1794, and it’s this name that was later used by the Meadowbank Manufacturing Company, which was set up in 1890 and operated for 40 years until the great depression hit the area.

Attractions

The wharf is conveniently located for walkers in the mood for a casual stroll, as both the small Helene Park and the much larger Memorial Park are both situated adjacent to the jetty and offer some wonderful, casual walking routes. Meadowbank Park, also situated nearby, features a decent sports complex, playground areas, cycling paths plus lots more.

There is also an ALDI Supermarket a short walk from the wharf, so it might be a suitable location to be dropped off to pick up supplies for a picnic before finding a warm spot in the park. There is also a church and a scout hut located right by the wharf. A short walk along the coast, meanwhile, and you’ll find yourself at the Ryde Wharf marina and reserve, and if you venture across the river you’ll find yourself in the Rhodes district, which features a number of shopping centres and trading estates, with plenty of retail and trade stores including a large IKEA Warehouse.

Restaurants & Bars

The area immediately adjacent to the wharf is rather barren as far as potential dining options are concerned, but if you are prepared to walk a short distance there are plenty of restaurants located around the Meadowbank Train Station. Trio Thai offers cosy Thai food in a simple, elegant venue with very favourable prices and Anema E Core serves genuine Italian wood-fired pizzas in a vintage setting with a dazzling leafy courtyard. For less traditional pizza, meanwhile the Zodiac Pizza bar dishes up casual pizza and real gelato at very appealing prices. Further west along the river is the Cedrus Lebanese Restaurant, which specialises in chargrilled meat and local seafood and serves it all from a stunning riverfront locale. For quick bites, the Midori Sushi & Rolls takeaway is a local favourite, as is the aptly named Pizzeria Locale.