The NSW Government is planning to reinstate ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell. This will create a water connection between La Perouse and Kurnell, allowing greatly-improved physical and cultural links of particular importance to the Aboriginal community.
JUN 2020New feedback mechanism
You can now send us feedback on the project via a “Your Say” page.More information
We welcome your feedback, memories of the previous ferries, pictures, stories and your input on the reinstatement of the ferry wharves. Visit the “Your Say” page on the Transport for NSW website.
APR 2020Early studies and site investigations
Early studies and site investigations are now underway to better inform the design, development and environmental impact assessment work.More information
- Water-based surveys to determine depths in Botany Bay near potential wharf sites, identify possible obstacles and better understand the nature of the sea floor
- Traffic and parking surveys at La Perouse and Kurnell
- Background noise monitoring at Kurnell and La Perouse
- Environmental investigations and studies to better understand the site conditions including local marine life and other fauna and flora.
During these preliminary studies and investigations key stakeholders and the community will be notified and consulted at appropriate times.
Following completion of the preliminary studies and investigations, the project team will work closely with local communities and stakeholder groups to further refine the design.
Transport for NSW is continuing to develop its plans to reinstate the ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell.
This project supports the Kamay 2020 Project that was presented to the community in 2018.
A ferry service operated between Kurnell and La Perouse from the 1890s until 1974 when severe storms damaged the wharves.
Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has established a project team to undertake the planning, design, assessment, and delivery of the La Perouse and Kurnell wharves and associated infrastructure.
There continues to be broad government and community support on both sides of Botany Bay to reinstate the ferry wharves with potential historic, social, tourism, transport and economic benefits.
The Kamay 2020 Master Plan considers reinstatement of the wharves as being integral to the design for the upgraded Kurnell Precinct.
The project is expected to provide benefits for La Perouse, Kurnell and Sydney, including:
- Creation of new wharves that are expected to be used by recreational and commercial vessels, including ferries
- Water-borne access to the National Park which will provide an important physical and cultural link between the two places for visitors and the Aboriginal community
- Better access to the location of the first meeting between Aboriginal Australians and Lieutenant James Cook and the crew of HMB Endeavour at Kamay Botany Bay National Park
- Enabling a future ferry connection to create the missing link for walking and cycling routes around Botany Bay and along Sydney’s southern coastline
- Better transport connections to Sydney for the community of Kurnell and other parts of Sutherland Shire
- Increase in tourists and commuters on either side of the bay, providing both direct and indirect economic benefits including to local businesses.
In 2016, Arup was commissioned by TfNSW to complete a Feasibility Study which investigated the viability of reinstating the wharves. The study concluded that reinstating the wharves would provide numerous benefits for La Perouse, Kurnell and the wider Sydney area.
In 2018 the Office of Environment and Heritage (now the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) completed the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Kurnell Precinct Master Plan.
On 28th April 2018, the Prime Minister and Federal Treasurer announced $50 million in funding towards Stage 1 of the Master Plan with contributions coming from both the Commonwealth ($25 million) and NSW ($25 million) Governments.
Stage 1 of the Master Plan includes the re-establishment of the wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell.
For further information about this project contact:
Phone: 1800 228 554 (toll free)
Post: Kamay Ferry Wharves Project,
c/o Arup, Level 5, 151 Clarence Street,
Sydney, NSW, 2000