Birchgrove Wharf upgrade

The NSW Government is upgrading Birchgrove Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program. Planning for the new wharf is currently underway. As part of the planning process we would like to hear your feedback on the proposed concept. Timing for the start of work will be advised when the planning process is complete and the Review of Environmental Factors is finalised.

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

Updates and announcements

Consultation on the proposed concept design has closed.

We would like to thank everyone who took time to provide feedback.

All feedback will be considered and included in the Review of Environmental Factors. This document will be publicly displayed for comment before start of work is finalised.

Construction timing will be confirmed as the project progresses.

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.

This program has most recently delivered upgraded facilities at Cremorne Point, Mosman Bay, Pyrmont, Meadowbank and McMahons Point, and work to upgrade Chiswick Wharf began in February.

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.

What to expect during the upgrade

The timing for work to upgrade the wharf will be advised when the planning process and design development is complete. Construction would take about five months, weather and maritime conditions permitting.

As planning progresses construction details for the proposed upgrade would be considered in the Review of Environmental Factors, which would be put on public display for comment before start of work. It is expected that:

  • Birchgrove Wharf would be closed during the upgrade
  • Some night work would be required when the water is at its calmest
  • A temporary construction compound would be established on land
  • Construction workers and equipment would usually be transported to and from the site by water.

Read about what to expect during construction.

Alternative transport during construction

Birchgrove Wharf would be closed during the wharf upgrade.

Customers would 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 would not affect the timetable for ferry services to other wharves.

You would be able to plan your trip at 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.

Community engagement

Initial consultation for the Birchgrove Wharf Upgrade was carried out in 2015. The feedback received helped us to understand our customer’s views about the current facilities and priorities for improvement.

Further consultation about the Review of Environmental Factors for the project, will occur in 2017.

Project documents

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