Double Bay Wharf

Double Bay Wharf Upgrade

The NSW Government is planning to upgrade Double Bay Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program.

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NOV 2021

NOV 2021Consultation closed

We invited the community and stakeholders to provide feedback on the Review of Environmental Factors between October and November 2021. We are preparing a submissions report that summarises the feedback we received and our responses. The report will be available on our website. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide their 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.

Since our community consultation in May, we have changed the proposal so that the kiss-and-ride space on Bay Street is closer to the wharf.

During detailed design we would investigate options for providing an area on the pontoon to allow the safe berthing of smaller vessels and reducing the length of the wharf structure whilst meeting accessibility and operational requirements.

The REF is a planning document outlining the proposed work, potential impacts and mitigation measures.

The REF document (PDF, 40Mb) includes assessments of the existing environment and expected impacts of the project on traffic and transport, flora and fauna, aquatic ecology, visual impact, noise and vibration, and heritage.

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.

The temporary closure of Double Bay Wharf would not change the ferry timetable for other wharves on the F7 route.

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. Find out more about wharf upgrades in your area.

Project documents


Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 770 973 (during business hours)


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