Wymah Ferry

The Wymah Ferry is a cable ferry across the upper reach of Lake Hume, on the Murray River and on the border between the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria. The ferry crosses from the community of Wymah on the New South Wales side of the river, to Granya, and is approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) east of Albury.[1]

Wymah Ferry
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LocaleWymah, New South Wales  – Granya, Victoria in Australia
WaterwayMurray River
Transit typeCable ferry
Owner
OperatorNew South Wales Roads & Maritime Services
Began operation19th century

The ferry is controlled by the New South Wales Roads & Maritime Services, but is jointly funded by both states. It operates seven days a week, and is free of tolls. From September to April, the ferry operates on demand from 06:00 to 21:00, and from 07:00 to 20:00 for the rest of the year, with several breaks during the day. If the ferry is not in operation, the alternatives are an 85 kilometres (53 mi) detour downstream via the Bethanga Bridge and Albury, or a 120 kilometres (75 mi) detour upstream via Jingellic.[1]

The ferry route probably dates back to the 19th century. When the Hume Dam was completed in 1936, the range of the ferry had to be increased in order to cross the raised and widened water level of Lake Hume.[2]

The previous ferry boat was constructed principally of wood, and built in 1946. The hull was 10.7 metres (35 ft) long and 5.1 metres (17 ft) wide, with 4.95 metres (16.2 ft) long landing ramps at each end. The engine house was cantilevered approximately 1.1 metres (3 ft 7 in) out to the side. Because of the variation in the water level in Lake Hume, the ferry operated between floating landing stages which are attached to each bank. The position of the landing stages was adjusted by hand winch to suit the level of the water.[2] It was retired on 14 May 2013 and replaced by a new vessel.[3][4][5]

The Wymah Ferry is one of only two cable ferries to cross the section of the Murray River between New South Wales and Victoria, the other being the Speewa Ferry nearly 500 kilometres (310 mi) downstream. However, there are another 11 such ferries further downstream, on the South Australia section of the river.[1][6]

In April 2019 the service was suspended due to low water levels.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c "Vehicle ferries". New South Wales Roads & Maritime Services. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Wymah Ferry over Murray River". New South Wales Roads & Traffic Authority. Retrieved 23 December 2008.
  3. ^ Wymah Ferry to be replaced ABC News 30 March 2012
  4. ^ Ferry makes final trip The Border Mail 15 May 2013
  5. ^ New Wymah ferry takes to Murray ABC News 28 May 2013
  6. ^ "Ferry Locations and Operational Status". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  7. ^ Wymah ferry suspension cuts off communities and hurts farmers Border Mail 19 April 2019

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Next crossing upstream Murray River Next crossing downstream
Jingellic Bridge  Wymah Ferry Bethanga Bridge 

Coordinates: 36°02′23″S 147°15′56″E / 36.039817°S 147.265613°E / -36.039817; 147.265613