Double Bay Wharf

Double Bay Wharf Upgrade

The NSW Government is upgrading Double Bay Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program.

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APR 2022

APR 2022Project planning approval received

Following consideration of community and stakeholder feedback on the Double Bay Wharf Upgrade Review of Environmental Factors, the project has received planning approval. The submissions report (PDF, 642Kb) summarises the feedback we received and our responses. We thank the community for your feedback.

Project information

Transport for NSW is improving Sydney’s ferry services for customers. New and upgraded wharves are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program.

Customers with mobility needs are currently unable to access Bay Street from Double Bay Wharf unassisted. The existing wharf at Double Bay includes a set of tidal steps for ferries to berth and an access ladder for recreational boat users. A long jetty connects the wharf to land.

The proposal includes a new dual-sided floating pontoon with a gangway, covered waiting area, customer seating and weather protection. The gangway connects to a jetty that provides an accessible route from street-level to board or alight a waiting ferry.

New seating would also be provided along with relocated Opal readers, upgraded lighting and security. The two existing accessible parking spaces would be upgraded to one compliant space.

As part of the upgrade the existing tidal steps would be removed, and the current jetty would either be upgraded or fully removed and replaced.

The detailed design process will begin shortly. Thanks to community feedback we will investigate:

  • Extending bus 328 operating hours during wharf closure
  • Reducing the length of the wharf whilst meeting accessibility and operational requirements
  • Providing more seating

Information about the other ways we are looking to refine the wharf upgrade is available in the submissions report (PDF, 642Kb).

Due to wharf component supply issues, and requests to construct the wharf outside of the summer months, construction is now expected to begin in the first half of 2023. Construction will take up to six months to complete (weather permitting).

We will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Initial consultation for the Double Bay Wharf upgrade was carried out in March and May 2021.

In October and November 2021, the Review of Environmental Factors for the proposed upgrade was on display for comment. We received 20 submissions.

You can read a summary of the submissions and our responses in the submissions report (PDF, 642Kb).

Construction of the proposal would take up to six months to complete, weather and maritime conditions permitting.

It is expected that:

  • the wharf would temporarily close during construction
  • temporary changes to pedestrian movements would be put in place during construction
  • a small temporary construction compound would be established in Steyne Park
  • some truck movements and temporary traffic changes would be required for land based work.

Every effort would be made to minimise impacts to surrounding businesses, including the 18 Footers restaurant and sailing club at the existing ferry wharf.

We would notify the community before starting work.

Double Bay Wharf would be closed for up to six months during construction.

During construction, customers would be able to catch the 328 Bondi Junction to Darling Point via Edgecliff (Loop) bus service from William Street, Double Bay, where they can connect with city and other services.

The 328 bus service also connects to Darling Point Wharf, which is another alternative for customers during construction at Double Bay Wharf.

Following community feedback we will consider alternative transport options during detailed design such as extending the operation of existing bus routes.

There may be a period of overlap between the closure of both the Double Bay Wharf and Darling Point Wharf. Transport will work to minimise any disruption during this period and keep the community informed.

Customers would be encouraged to plan their trip by visiting or phone Transport Info on 131 500 before starting their journey.

Our standard work hours would be between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. Some of the work during these times would be noisy. No work is planned for Sundays or public holidays.

Some out of hours work including work at night or early in the morning may be required. We would notify impacted residents before carrying out any out of hours work.

In designing the new wharves a number of areas need to be considered such as accessibility, the environment, customer safety and amenity, future demand and ferry operations. These are outlined in the Design Considerations factsheet.

Wharf interchanges across Sydney are being upgraded to improve the transport experience for customers and the community, including at Darling Point. Find out more about wharf upgrades in your area.

Project documents

Community updates

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April 2022 community update

Project planning approval received.

October 2021 community update

Review of Environmental Factors.

August 2021 community update

Double Bay Wharf Upgrade.

March 2021 community update

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For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 770 973 (during business hours)


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