Spencer Gulf Ferry

Submitted: Saturday, Dec 26, 2009 at 21:13
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We have a map showing a ferry service across the Spencer Gulf from Lucky Bay to Wallaroo.
Does anyone have any experiences with this ferry service.
Is it vehicular or just passenger.
Does it still exist.
Cost etc.
Our interest arrises from the opportunity to save mileage and fuel in getting to the eastern side of the Gulf if it is a vehicular ferry and can take a BT and tug, and is affordable.

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Reply By: Turist - Saturday, Dec 26, 2009 at 22:21

Saturday, Dec 26, 2009 at 22:21
From the website
Just google Lucky Bay to Wallaroo for more info.

Sea SA ferry services suspended as charter vessel falls through

9 October 2009: Sea SA has suspended all Wallaroo-Lucky Bay ferry services due to withdrawal from the market of interim vessel Seaway by new Middle East owners, Abu Dhabi Department of Transport.

Sea SA’s previous vessel, Sea Spirit was sold in August 2009, as her large truck capacity was not utilised due to ongoing traffic constraints through Wallaroo.

A new modified ferry, Aurora, is currently under construction for Sea SA, but will not be available until mid 2010 at the earliest.

Both interim vessel options, Seascape and Seaway were recently purchased by the Abu Dhabi government, preventing Sea SA from securing an interim craft as planned last month.

Seaway had been kept in discussion as a possible charter vessel, as the new owners initially indicated it would not be required immediately, but they have now withdrawn that option.

Sea SA Managing Director Stephanie Dawson said the company was an active member of peak industry body, Interferry, and had used those networks to undertake a world-wide search for a suitable replacement for Sea Way.

However, no other vessel with the necessary shallow draft and speed requirement to provide a Spencer Gulf service as a competitive and cost-effective option to road travel had been found to date.

Sea SA will now resume Spencer Gulf services in mid 2010, on the arrival of the new ferry Aurora.

“To say we are hugely disappointed that an interim ferry could not be secured is an understatement, and we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our customers and staff for their continued loyalty, patience and support. I would also like to assure holders of current, unexpended Sea SA donated vouchers that the validity date on all such vouchers will now be extended until 30 June 2011. Rest assured we will be using this interim period productively to focus on resolving other constraining issues, to consolidate the future of Sea SA," Stephanie said.

Since commencing operations in 2006, Sea SA has operated at Lucky Bay on an annual license, which will not be converted to a lease until the government reaches a resolution with the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA), she confirmed.

In addition, Sea SA would continue to seek resolutions with government on the issues of truck access through Wallaroo and the proposed coastal land resumption by the Department of Environment and Heritage.
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Follow Up By: Uncle Dodgy - Monday, Dec 28, 2009 at 08:33

Monday, Dec 28, 2009 at 08:33
Greetings & thanks Turist.

I am not that competent with Google yet, but I am getting there.
Hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
Your reply to my post was very informative, and I am once again most pleased by the assistance of fellow BOG ers in a period of uncertainty.

Cheers to you all and Happy New Year
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Reply By: Mobi Condo - Saturday, Dec 26, 2009 at 23:46

Saturday, Dec 26, 2009 at 23:46
Never used it and from what we hear most likely will not, even if they get up & running.
Waaaay tooooo expensive for our rig & we are really only small for a van rig @ 13metres.
PLUS there is a lot to see going up & around with stuff at Port Augusta, Whyalla, Pt Lowly etc. Fuel is not too bad either along the way.
Cheers - Ian & Sally
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Reply By: 11-UPS - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009 at 23:53

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009 at 23:53
I got quoted $385 for 19' plus '04 cruiser only 384 k's approx around way too dear for me .

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