Kamay Bay ferry terminals reinstatement

Kamay ferry wharves

The NSW Government is reinstating the 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.

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MAR 2021

MAR 2021Engagement update

Transport for NSW is pleased to announce the engagement of the Gujaga Foundation to the team working on the Kamay Ferry Wharves Project.

The Gujaga Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation leading language, cultural and research activities within the La Perouse Aboriginal community.

The Gujaga Foundation will work with the design team (led by Arup), key people with ancient links to Kamay, the La Perouse Aboriginal community, Elders, knowledge holders and local artists to translate stories into elements that will be incorporated in the design of the wharves.

The engagement of the Gujaga Foundation will contribute to the achievement of one of the key project objectives, the delivery of cultural, health, and economic benefits to the local community. The engagement of the Gujaga Foundation is also aligned to TfNSW’s Reconciliation Action Plan and demonstrates TfNSW’s commitment to meaningful reconciliation at the location of the First Meeting Place.

FEB 2021

FEB 2021Have your say

Come and speak to us during February about the reinstatement of ferry wharves at Kurnell and La Perouse

You can visit us at one of the following locations in February between the times indicated below. Masks should be worn and we will be complying with social distancing requirements.

Kurnell in the park by the water at the corner where the monument track meets Captain Cook Drive

  • Wednesday 17 February between 5pm - 7pm
  • Saturday 20 February between 10am-12pm

La Perouse on the lawns in front of the La Perouse Museum, 1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse.

  • Wednesday 24 February between 5pm-7pm
  • Saturday 27 February between 10am - 12pm

You can drop in to see us at any time between these hours. We look forward to meeting you.

Visit Have your say Kamay ferry wharves to submit your feedback on the draft concept designs for the ferry wharves at Kurnell and La Perouse by Friday 5 March 2021.

Registration of Interest for construction contractors

We have evaluated all of the registrations of interest received from construction contractors for this project. Shortlisted applicants were notified in January and are invited to submit a tender later this year.

Project information

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.

Project documents


Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 228 554 (toll free)

Email: kamayferrywharves@transport.nsw.gov.au

Post: Kamay Ferry Wharves Project,
c/o Arup, Level 5, 151 Clarence Street,
Sydney, NSW, 2000

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