Manly Cove

Manly Cove

Manly Cove is an iconic and locally significant place. People and vessels have been part of Manly accessing the Cove by sea for centuries and continue to do so.

Latest news

NOV 2022

NOV 2022The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for Manly Wharf 3

Following community feedback on the concept design earlier this year, we have updated the design and prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for Manly Wharf 3 which is now on public display from Monday 28 November to 23 December 2022. During this time, we are inviting the community to have their say on the proposal.

We will consider all feedback received during the public display period and prepare a Submissions Report. This report will be made available on our website and emailed to subscribers.

More information can be found in our Manly Wharf 3 – Community update, November 2022

Please find the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) available here.

The REF is also available via the Manly Wharf 3 project page and our interactive portal.

Feedback can be submitted by:

• emailing

The submission form can be found via our interactive portal at

• dialling 1800 770 973 (during business hours)

• writing to Community and Engagement team- Manly Wharf 3 Upgrade
Transport for NSW, PO Box K659, Haymarket NSW 1240

Please submit your feedback by 5pm day 23 December 2022.

In accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW), customers’ personal information will not be disclosed to any third party without their consent, except where required or authorised by law.

OCT 2022

OCT 2022Manly Cove West – Site investigation works

We started site investigations at the former Manly Sea Life site back in December 2021, and we will continue in October 2022.

The former Manly Sea Life site is now known as Manly Cove West.

Transport for NSW will be carrying out further investigation works around landside and waterside to help us develop the design of the project and determine the most appropriate methodology for the works.

Low impact investigations, such as underwater dive surveys and internal building inspections will begin from Tuesday 18 October 2022.

Our work is expected to be carried out over a seven-week period from Monday 24 October 2022 up to early December 2022, weather permitting.

Works will occur between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. No works will be carried out on weekends or Public Holiday.

You can find more information in the October 2022 notification (PDF, 231Kb).

AUG 2022

AUG 2022Consultation Summary Report is now available

Transport proposes a full wharf upgrade at Manly Wharf 3 and work to enhance the area of the former Manly Sea Life site to improve accessibility for all of the community including those with assisted and unassisted mobility needs.

The community was asked to contribute ideas, provide feedback and comments on both proposals which were on public display from 15 December 2021 to Friday 28 January 2022.

Transport has prepared a Consultation Summary Report which outlines the engagement activities carried out during this phase and the feedback received by the community and stakeholders. Feedback will help inform the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) being developed, which will be placed on public display this year.

You can find more information at the links below:

FEB 2022

FEB 2022Manly Cove investigation works

Transport for NSW are conducting an overhead drone survey and marine ecology surveys at Manly Wharf 3 and former Manly Sea Life site. The information gathered during this work will provide an understanding of the existing environmental conditions.

The work is expected to be carried out over a two-week period from Monday 14 February, weather permitting.
Works will occur between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. No works will be carried out on weekends or Public Holidays.

You can find more information in the February 2022 notification (PDF,196Kb).

JAN 2022

JAN 2022Community consultation is now closed

We are currently reviewing feedback received about the proposed projects. Consultation was held from 15 December 2021 to 28 January 2022.

Transport for NSW would like to thank everyone who provided feedback during this time.

Once completed the consultation reports that summarises feedback received will be available on the project webpage.

Manly Cove projects

Transport for NSW is planning two separate projects, as part of the $205 million NSW Government stimulus funding for maritime infrastructure and safety upgrades, to improve the accessibility to and along the Cove for all people including those with assisted and unassisted mobility needs. The two projects involve:

Transport acknowledges the Manly area is home to a number of unique marine species and will ensure local marine communities are not affected as a result of the Manly Cove projects.

Project information

We recognise the importance and sensitivity of the local Manly environment. Our proposed designs are carefully considering the potential impacts of the construction footprint on the local environment particularly the aquatic ecology. We have developed a factsheet specifically for Manly Cove (PDF, 330Kb).

The impacts will be further assessed as part of the environmental investigations to support the preparation of the Review of Environmental Factors for both projects. The associated impacts of the proposal on the environment and our approach to mitigate and minimise these impacts will be detailed in the environmental impact assessments.

How will the flora and fauna in the area (land/sea) be protected during construction of both projects?

Transport understands the flora and fauna nearby to both sites is sensitive and needs to be protected. Each project will be subject to an environmental impact assessment process, which needs to consider all the environmental impacts that need to be addressed in the development of the projects, and provide strategies to demonstrate how we will avoid, mitigate, and manage these potential impacts.  

We are expecting to have this completed in 2022. The community will have an opportunity to review these impacts, the proposed mitigation measures and provide a submission.

We have created a fact sheet for these projects (PDF, 330Kb) and how we identify, consider, and manage our environmental impact.

Transport for NSW has identified an opportunity to include designated recreational drop up and pick up zones within Manly Cove.

We are seeking your feedback about where and what the designs for recreational drop off zones could look like.

Transport will be working on these projects together so that Manly Cove continues to support the local community and those who wish to visit to work, rest or play.

Project documents


Contact us

For further information about this project contact us via:

Phone: 1800 770 973 (during business hours)


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