Manly Wharf 3

Manly Wharf 3

Key features of concept design

Due to the wind and wave movements the proposed Manly Wharf upgrade will include a hydraulic platform with a fixed waiting area, customer seating, weather protection and gangways.

New canopies and roofs will be sympathetic to the heritage precinct and character of the surrounding buildings and maritime landscape.

Ramps and paths would be installed to connect to the nearby interchanges. Most of the existing wharf structure would be removed as part of this proposal.

The proposed Wharf upgrade has been designed to:

  • provide accessibility for all customers using the wharf
  • improve customer amenities and waiting areas
  • improve services for customers and operators
  • cater for sea level rises
  • be functional with a respectful design theme that considers the heritage precinct and history of Manly Cove.

While the priority of the NSW Government’s TAP program is to provide accessibility for all customers using our public transport network, Transport for NSW has identified an opportunity to also plan for the future growth in commercial and recreational vessel usage at Manly Cove.

In the concept design presented for stakeholder and community feedback, we have highlighted an area where recreational and smaller commercial vessel berthing opportunities may be available for inclusion in the final design.

We encourage stakeholders and the community to provide suggestions as to how this additional area may be used to maximise recreational and commercial berthing opportunities.

Manly Cove West Esplanade
Illustration of concept design of Manly wharf 3 Upgrade

Project information

Transport for NSW is exploring options to improve the accessibility of Manly Wharf 3, as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program so all customers, including customers with assisted and unassisted mobility needs, can safely use the wharf.

The existing structure at Manly Wharf 3 is a simple wooden jetty with tidal steps.

Customers with mobility needs are currently unable to access ferry or other commercial services from Wharf 3 without assistance. Manly Wharf 3 is also used as an alternative wharf for ferry services when Wharves 1 and 2 are undergoing regular maintenance activities.

The existing wharf known as Manly Wharf 3, is a wooden jetty and pile structure with tidal steps. The wharf originally started life as a cargo wharf in the 1850s, and was then changed to a “fun pier” in 1931, which included a Ferris wheel and carousel. In 1989 it became a ferry wharf, primarily used by private operators who provide public ferry transport services on behalf of Transport.

Wharf 3 is currently used as an alternative wharf for ferry services when wharves 1 and 2 are undergoing maintenance activities.

The upgraded wharf will be designed to:

  • provide accessibility for all customers using the wharf
  • improve customer amenities and waiting areas
  • improve services for customers, operators of commercial vessels and recreational vessels
  • be functional with a respectful design theme that considers the heritage and history of Manly Cove.
  • Improved acces for mobility impaired customers and customers with prams.
  • Improved customer amenity such as protection from the wind, rain and sun, seating and waiting areas.
  • Improved safety for customers and staff.
  • Quicker and more efficient boarding and disembarking.
  • Improved pedestrian access around the wharf.
  • More efficient interchange with other modes of public and private transport.
  • Consideration of Manly place making opportunities.

We are committed to minimising impacts and disruption to customers, businesses, and the community during the proposed works.

More information and the opportunity to provide feedback on the construction of the proposed upgrade will be provided as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment consultation process.

Construction of the Manly Wharf 3 is expected to start in 2023 which would take up to eight months to complete based on previous wharf upgrades.

We will consider all feedback received during the public display of the concept design for Manly Wharf 3.

Feedback will be considered in the refinement of the design and during the development of the Environmental Impact Assessment.

The community will be able to provide further feedback on the environmental impacts when the Environmental Impact Assessment is placed on public display in the first half of 2022.

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Contact us

For further information about this project contact us via:

Phone: 1800 770 973 (during business hours)

Email: manlycove@transport.nsw.gov.au

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