Wharf Upgrade Program
The NSW Government is progressively upgrading ferry wharves across Sydney to improve ferry services for customers. The new wharves are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program - an initiative to deliver modern, safe and accessible transport infrastructure across the state.
In designing the new wharves a number of considerations need to be taken into account such as accessibility, the environment, customer safety and amenity, future demand and ferry operations. These are outlined in the Design Considerations factsheet.
- View some of our previously upgraded wharves
- Find out more about The Sydney Ferry Network
- View an outline of typical activities carried out in constructing our new wharves.
The NSW Government has announced its latest proposal to deliver accessibility upgrades and interchange improvements at eight ferry wharves, including Birchgrove, Cockatoo Island, Chiswick, Abbotsford, Cabarita, Meadowbank, Rydalmere and Parramatta.
Upgrades have been delivered at Meadowbank, Chiswick and Cockatoo Island. Milsons Point Wharf has also been expanded to increase service capacity.
The Transport Access Program will provide the following benefits:
- Improved customer amenity such as protection from the wind, rain and sun, seating and waiting areas
- Improved safety for customers
- Improved access for mobility impaired customers and customers with prams
- Quicker and more efficient boarding and disembarking
- Increased wharf capacity for future growth of ferry services
- More efficient interchanges with other modes of transport, both public and private and better way finding signage.
The Wharf Upgrade program has been designed to create a distinctive theme for Sydney Harbour. The design aims to unify and identify the harbour wharves and the ferry commuter transport system.
Providing wheelchair access at the ferry wharves is another key feature of the upgrades. There are currently 26 wharves serviced by Sydney Ferries that are now accessible for wheelchair users. This will increase as the rest of the wharves in this program are upgraded, providing more options to move around Sydney on public transport.
- Abbotsford Wharf (reopened 5 June 2018)
- Milsons Point Wharf (reopened 26 November 2017)
- Birchgrove Wharf (reopened 24 April 2018)
- Chiswick Wharf (reopened 31 July 2017)
- Cockatoo Island Wharf Upgrade (reopened 18 August 2017)
- McMahons Point Wharf (reopened 20 October 2016)
- Cremorne Point stair upgrade (reopened 22 September 2016)
- Meadowbank Wharf (reopened 26 May 2016)
- Pyrmont Bay Wharf (reopened 8 September 2015)
- Balmain East Wharf (reopened 18 June 2015)
- Sydney Olympic Park Wharf (reopened 20 May 2015)
- Cremorne Point Wharf (reopened 5 February 2015)
- Mosman Bay Wharf (reopened 8 October 2014)
- Drummoyne (Wolsely Street) Wharf (reopened 17 September 2014)
- Huntley's Point Wharf (reopened 23 April 2013)
- Balmain (Thames Street) Wharf (reopened 27 February 2013)
- Rose Bay Wharf (reopened 26 September 2012)
- Neutral Bay Wharf (reopened 20 August 2012).
For further information on the Wharf Upgrade Program, email WharfUpgradeProgram@rms.nsw.gov.au
View or download more information on wharf design objectives.