Balls Head Coal Loader

The Balls Head Coal Loader wharf is located on the western shore of the Waverton Peninsula in the North Sydney local government area, in Balls Head Bay. The Coal Loader is part of the historic Balls Head coal loading facility next to land owned by North Sydney Council.

Balls Head Coal Loader
Balls Head Coal Loader

The wharf was built around 1917 and was originally used to store coal for bunkering vessels. From the 1970s it was used as a transshipment facility for exporting coal from the Hunter Valley. Wharf operations ended in 1992.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime will undertake safety work to erect piles around the wharf to contain any fallen wharf elements from the structure in Sydney Harbour.

Work will begin week commencing early July between 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 7am and 1pm on Saturday, and will take four weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Work will be undertaken in the vicinity of the wharf. There will be no work to the wharf structure.

The piles will be erected using a barge on the water. The containment barrier will be attached between the piles and installed to surround the perimeter of the wharf and form an exclusion zone. Navigation lights will be installed to aid navigation in the bay to assist marine traffic

The equipment to be used for the work includes:

  • barges carrying excavators and drilling rigs
  • piling barge
  • dumb barge
  • work punts
  • If you would like to contact the project team, please call 1800 592 444 or email

Project documents


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