Birchgrove Wharf upgrade

The NSW Government is upgrading Birchgrove Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program. Construction will start on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

Artist’s impression of the new Birchgrove Wharf viewed from the water

Updates and announcements

The NSW Government is upgrading Birchgrove Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program.

Birchgrove Wharf will be temporarily closed during the upgrade from Tuesday 17 October 2017 for about five months, weather and maritime conditions permitting. All efforts will be made to reopen the wharf as soon as possible.

During the closure, customers will be able to catch the 441 bus service, operating between Grove Street Birchgrove and the QVB, to the city or to connect with other bus services on Victoria Road.

The closest wharf to connect to ferry services is Balmain Wharf. The temporary closure of Birchgrove Wharf will not affect the timetable for ferry services to other wharves. For more information on alternative transport during construction please view or download our alternative transport factsheet (PDF, 395Kb).

For more information on the Birchgrove Wharf Upgrade please view or download the latest Community Update (PDF, 609Kb) or Project Overview (PDF, 611Kb).

Project background

The upgrade is part of the major progressive upgrade of ferry wharves across Sydney Harbour which aims to improve Sydney’s ferry services for customers, delivering accessible, safe, comfortable public transport infrastructure with capacity for extra ferry services. New and upgraded wharves and interchanges are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program.

The new Birchgrove Wharf

The upgraded wharf is designed to provide customers with accessible, safe and comfortable public transport infrastructure.

The upgraded wharf would provide:

  • Better protection from the wind, rain and sun
  • Improved seating and waiting areas
  • Improved safety for customers
  • Quicker and more efficient ferry boarding and disembarking
  • Effective wayfinding signage and lighting.

View or download the Birchgrove Wharf upgraded design for more information.

What to expect during the upgrade

Construction will start on Tuesday 17 October 2017. Work to upgrade the wharf would take about five months, weather and maritime conditions permitting.

Standard work hours are between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. Some of the work during these times will be noisy. No work is planned on Sundays or public holidays.

Some early morning or night work may be required when the water is at its calmest as some work requires very still water for safety and accuracy. We will notify nearby residents before any work is carries out outside of standard hours.

For more information on what to expect during construction please view or download the factsheet.

Alternative transport during construction

Birchgrove Wharf will be closed during the wharf upgrade.

Customers will be able to catch the 441 bus service, operating between Grove Street, Birchgrove and the QVB Market Street, direct to the city or to connect with other bus services on Victoria Road.

The temporary closure of Birchgrove Wharf will not affect the timetable for ferry services to other wharves.

We encourage customers to plan their trip at transportnsw.info or call Transport Info on 131 500 or by visiting to use the trip planner.

Customers would need to allow extra time for your journey.

Please view or download the alternative transport information which includes a map.

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime has prepared a report responding to all of the issues raised in the submissions received during the public display which closed on 11 September. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to consider the proposal and provide feedback.

View or download the Submissions Report for more information.

Please view or download a copy of the Review of Environmental Factors and appendicies.

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