Milsons Point Wharf expansion

The NSW Government has announced an expansion of Milsons Point Wharf to increase capacity and improve service levels for ferry customers. This additional upgrade will increase the capacity of Milsons Point Wharf, providing a second platform to enable two ferries to berth at the same time.

Work to expand the wharf started in April 2017.

Updates and announcements

Work to expand the wharf started from Thursday 27 April 2017.

Milsons Point Wharf will be closed for about six months, weather and maritime conditions permitting.

All efforts will be made to reopen the wharf as soon as possible.

Ferry services will operate to Jeffrey Street Wharf, Kirribilli during construction. You can plan your trip using the trip planner at transportnsw.info or call Transport Info on 131 500.

For more information regarding the upcoming closure of the wharf, view or download the April 2017 community update (PDF, 608Kb).

Review of Environmental Factors and submissions report

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

View or download the Submissions Report for more information.

Click here to view or download a copy of the Review of Environmental Factors and appendices.

The expanded Milsons Point Wharf and upgraded interchange

The proposed design would increase the capacity of Milsons Point wharf by enabling two ferries to berth at the same time, meaning more frequent, reliable services for ferry customers and improved boarding and disembarking time during peak periods.

The proposed design would provide two berthing faces by retaining the existing wharf and duplicating the gangway and hydraulic platform. To provide efficient access for customers, the existing waiting area would be expanded to create one waiting area between the two platforms. The existing roof would shift to the centre of the expanded waiting area.

The expanded wharf will provide:

  • Capacity for additional ferry services
  • Protection from the wind, rain and sun
  • Seating and waiting areas
  • Quick and efficient ferry boarding and disembarking
  • Improved access for mobility impaired customers and customers with prams
  • Improved pedestrian access
  • Upgraded interchange infrastructure
  • Effective way finding signage and lighting.

Key features of the proposed new wharf:

  • Dual berthing
    • Two hydraulic boarding platforms
    • Two covered gangways.
  • Access between waiting area and foreshore
    • Existing ramp leading to Luna Park
    • New access ramp leading to Alfred Street from the wharf
    • New stairs providing access to the forecourt from the wharf.

Alternative transport

The existing wharf will be closed during construction with ferries operating from Jeffrey Street Wharf, a six minute walk from Milsons Point Wharf.

Customers will also be able to connect to existing train services at Milsons Point Station and existing bus services operating from Alfred Street.

Transport for NSW will provide up to date information about any temporary changes to the timetable during work to expand Milsons Point Wharf, with customer recommended to plan their trip using the trip planner at transportnsw.info or call Transport Info on 131 500.

View or download the alternative transport details

What to expect during the upgrade

Standard work hours will be between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm,Saturdays. Some of the work during these times will be noisy. No work will be carried out on Sundays or public holidays. Early morning or night work will be required when the water is at its calmest as some work requires very still water for safety and accuracy.

Night work will be carried out from Wednesday 3 May to Thursday 29 June to install 30 piles for the expanded wharf. Pile installation requires calm water conditions, which usually occur in the early hours of the morning when wind is low and there are fewer boats in the harbour. Some piling work, including drilling and hammering of piles, can be noisy.  Night work will be carried out between 11pm and 7am, conditions permitting. 

A temporary construction site compound wwill be established for the duration of the project. The location will be identified and agreed with Council before construction starts. The area will be fenced off and restricted to authorised personnel and visitors.

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, Drummoyne, Balmain East, Pyrmont and Meadowbank with work at McMahons Point nearing completion.

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