McMahons Point Wharf upgrade

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

The new McMahons Point Wharf will reopen on 20 October 2016.

F4 Darling Harbour and F3 Parramatta River ferry services will operate regular services from the upgraded wharf. The temporary shuttle bus, route 223, to Milsons Point Wharf will no longer operate.

The first F4 service to Darling Harbour departs McMahons Point Wharf at 6.16am and the first F4 service to Circular Quay departs at 6.51am.

The first F3 Parramatta River service departs McMahons Point Wharf for Circular Quay at 7.06am.

Services will operate to the scheduled timetable which will be updated on 20 October. Customers can visit or call Transport Info on 131 500 for timetable and service information.

Artist’s impression of the proposed new McMahons Point Wharf viewed from the water

Updates and announcements

Additional night work required

Before the new wharf reopens, some additional night work will be required to install two extra protective piles. We will carry out up to four further shifts of early morning and night work between Sunday 16 October and Wednesday 19 October. Our working hours will be from 11pm to 7am, with standard work hours continuing from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday.

For further information see the October letter to residents.

We thank you for your patience during this work and apologise for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions, please contact the wharf upgrade project team on 1800 770 973 or email

Review of Environmental Factors & Submissions Report

The final Review of Environmental Factors (REF) went on display in January 2016.

We would like to thank everyone who took time to consider the proposal and provide feedback. We received 31 submissions in response to the REF. Key points raised included the design configuration and location of the wharf, the community consultation process and safety issues.

Roads and Maritime has prepared a Submissions Report which summarises the feedback and our responses.

In response to feedback received about customer safety, we will also incorporate additional handrails into the detailed design of the wharf pontoon.

View or download the Review of Environmental Factors and the appendices.

Alternative Transport Arrangements

During the construction of the McMahons Point Wharf upgrade, customers will need to use alternative transport.

Map showing alternative travel options as described in the text.

McMahons Point to North Sydney station, Kirribilli Wharf or Milsons Point Wharf for connections to the city and other destinations

Customers can catch the 265 (McMahons Point to Lane Cove via North Sydney) or 269 (McMahons Point to Milsons Point via North Sydney Station) bus services and connect to bus or train services to the city.

To connect to a city ferry service, weekday off peak customers can catch the 269 bus service to Milsons Point.

During the evening and on Sundays a temporary shuttle bus will operate between McMahons Point Wharf and Milsons Point Station and Wharf, for connections to train and ferry services.

Connections to North Sydney for ferry users

Customers who usually catch a ferry to McMahons Point Wharf can catch a ferry to Milsons Point Wharf and walk or catch a 227, 228, 229 or 230 bus service to North Sydney. Customers can also catch a ferry to Circular Quay and connect to train services to North Sydney Station.

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

The Transportinfo site provides trip planning facilities to enable passengers to plan their journeys during the wharf upgrade.

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 already delivered new facilities at Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, Rose Bay, Balmain (Thames Street), Huntleys Point, Cremorne Point, Mosman Bay, Drummoyne, Balmain East, Sydney Olympic Park and Pyrmont Bay.

Community feedback

The McMahons Point Wharf design has been developed following extensive feedback from the community and key stakeholders, and aims to balance factors including safety, accessibility, efficient ferry operations, environmental and heritage impacts.

Detailed information about Roads and Maritime’s consultation with the community is contained at Chapter 5.1 of the REF.

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