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Barangaroo Ferry Wharf

The Barangaroo Ferry Wharf will serve Sydney’s newest commercial district and provide increased capacity for ferry services to meet future demand.

The new ferry wharf will provide berthing space for additional ferry services from the Parramatta River, as well as direct access to and from the Eastern Suburbs and lower North Shore when the new ferry services timetable is released later in 2017. It will connect customers to the city centre via Wynyard Walk, a high quality pedestrian link between Barangaroo and Wynyard Station. Ferry customers travelling to Barangaroo will continue to use the existing King Street Wharf (Darling Harbour) until the new ferry hub is complete.

The NSW Government is delivering major projects to reduce traffic congestion and improve public transport to, from and within the CBD. Visit the Tomorrow’s Sydney website for more information about other projects under construction in the CBD.

Project status

The Barangaroo Wharf is nearing completion and will be open to the public very soon. 

The new wharf will provide more public transport options for people travelling to and from Barangaroo. 

For those living and working near the wharf the following links provide a range of information about what to expect once the wharf becomes operational. 

In September 2015, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced planning approval and contract award for construction of the new Barangaroo Wharf. 

In January 2016, the project site was established at Barangaroo South. Major construction activities began on site in February 2016. 

Project updates

If you wish to receive regular project updates via email or mail please contact 1800 684 490 or email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au with your request.

Current works

Barangaroo Ferry Hub construction notification June 2017 (pdf 333KB)

Benefits and features

    • Improved public transport access to the western and central parts of Sydney’s CBD via Wynyard Walk
    • Direct public transport access to the Barangaroo precinct
    • Improved quality of service to customers travelling by ferry to Sydney’s CBD
    • Relieved capacity constraints on nearby ferry terminals such as Circular Quay
    • Improved capacity to respond to current and future demand from employment growth at the Barangaroo precinct and Sydney’s CBD, as well as residential growth along the Parramatta River
    • Improved resilience of ferry services during special events and maintenance activities.
    • Two new ferry wharves with a landing and ramp to connect the floating pontoon to the land
    • Two berthing faces for ferries on each pontoon
    • New facilities for customer safety and comfort at each wharf, including seating, lighting, passenger information display and weather protection
    • Integrated electronic ticketing system for public transport in Sydney using the Opal card
    • Public amenities such as bins, ticket vending machines, wayfinding and signage.

    Initially two wharves would be constructed. A third wharf will be built in the future when demand increases.

First roof installed at Barangaroo Ferry Wharf

The Barangaroo Ferry Wharf project is one step closer to completion with the delivery and instalment of the first roof in January.

The 33 x 13-metre structure, which will provide cover for customers as they move between the floating pontoons and the foreshore, was shipped across the harbour by barge from White Bay and then installed by crane. 

The ferry hub’s two pontoons, with their roofs attached, are expected to be floated across from White Bay to Barangaroo in the next month.

Environment

  • Transport for NSW has completed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Submissions Report for the Barangaroo Ferry Hub project.

    The EIS considers the potential benefits and impacts associated with the construction and operation of the Barangaroo Ferry Hub. Public exhibition of the EIS closed on Monday 9 February 2015.

    The Submissions Report outlines and provides responses to submissions received during public exhibition.

    The planning approval documents, including the EIS and Submissions Report, are available online at the Department of Planning and Environment’s major projects register or in person at:

    Transport for NSW Community Information Centre
    Retail 5, 388 George Street (corner King and George Streets)
    Sydney NSW 2000
    Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the new ferry hub include?

    • Two new ferry wharves with a landing and ramp to connect the floating pontoon to the land
    • Two berthing faces for ferries on each pontoon
    • new facilities for customer safety and comfort at each wharf, including seating, lighting, passenger information display and weather protection
    • integrated electronic ticketing system for public transport in Sydney using the Opal card
    • public amenities such as bins, ticket vending machines, wayfinding and signage.
    • Initially two wharves would be constructed. A third wharf will be built in the future when demand increases.

    Will ferries continue to service King Street Wharf?

    During construction, ferry customers will access Barangaroo via the existing King Street Wharf, which is a short walk away. Once construction is complete, public transport services from King Street Wharf will move to Barangaroo and King Street Wharf will remain open for commercial and tourist operators.

    The timing of this change will be determined as part of the operational plan for ferry services across the network.

    Why are you moving ferry services from King Street Wharf?

    Building a new ferry hub at Barangaroo will address capacity constraints on the ferry network, while private and commercial vessel operators will benefit from additional capacity at King Street Wharf. The new ferry hub will also integrate the soon to be opened Wynyard Walk to provide a seamless connection between rail and wharf, similar to Circular Quay.

  • What are the standard construction hours?

    • 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday
    • 7am to 5pm Saturday.

    At this stage no work is planned to be undertaken on Sundays or public holidays.

    What types of construction work might occur outside of standard construction hours?

    Emergency repairs to make structures safe, oversize deliveries may be done outside normal site hours as well as work assessed as being comparable (or below) background noise levels.

    All out of hours work is subject to strict control including projected noise assessment, justification and stakeholder notification, prior to approval being granted. Stakeholders will be notified of any out of hours work in advance.

    When is construction going to start?

    On receiving approval of critical pre-construction documentation by Department of Planning and Environment, minor construction work began at the start of 2016. This involved the establishment of site sheds and a hoarding around the site area. High noise generating activities such as piling began in early 2016.

    How long will construction take?

    The Ferry Hub is expected to open to customers in early 2017.

    Will construction be noisy?

    Yes. Some construction activities such as pile installation; crane lifts, demolition and some landside construction activities are expected to generate high noise impacts for nearby residents and businesses.

    The noisiest activity will be the hammering, associated with the ‘piling’ activity. Impact piling (hammering) is the nosiest activity and is expected to approximately seven months to complete. Noise from piling work (hammering and drilling) is intermittent but there may be approximately 10 minutes of high noise generating activity per pile, followed by 30 minutes of lower noise activities.

    How will you manage noise during construction?

    High noise construction work will be restricted to after 8am Monday to Saturday, in blocks no more than three hours long (for continuous high impact work); with at least one hour respite given before recommencing high noise works.

    Noise and vibration levels will be monitored against predicted noise levels and ensuring noise emission target levels are not breached.

    Strict guidelines will be followed for any required work required outside of standard working hours. 

    Construction processes will be reviewed and revised as necessary for any opportunities to reduce noise impacts.

    Will I be able to access the foreshore during construction?

    During the construction phase, the fenced off construction site area will restrict access to only a small portion of the foreshore. The surrounding waterfront promenade will be accessible by the public.

    Will there be any impacts to local traffic?

    Impacts to road and pedestrian traffic during construction are expected to be minimal. There will be infrequent deliveries to the construction site area that may involve vehicles travelling through the public areas under strict speed limits and with a Traffic Spotter in control to maintain safety. There may be other temporary restrictions that will be imposed when concreting activities may involve lines being installed over paved areas for a day here and there.

    A 130 metre wide navigation channel will be kept clear for water traffic but may have temporary restrictions for short periods of time. Due to the proximity of the proposal to King Street Wharf, a management plan with appropriate measures would be prepared to manage vessel manoeuvring near King Street Wharf during construction work.

    Will there be any visual impacts during construction?

    The site hoarding will be monitored daily for any graffiti or damage which will be cleaned up at the earliest opportunity. The site compound will remain in place until project completion.

    Other potential impacts will be those associated with construction activities. These could include the loading and driving of piles via barge, movement of support vessels within Darling Harbour waters, infrequent concrete pumping lines strung across public areas and the movement of marine structures once piles are in. The site will be kept tidy, and any graffiti or litter at the site or in adjacent public spaces will be removed.

  • Will the ferry hub be serviced by buses?

    Yes, the Barangaroo precinct (including the new ferry hub) will be serviced by new bus routes.

    For more information please refer to the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy which outlines the Government’s plan to deliver a fully integrated transport network in Sydney’s city centre that puts the customer first and meets the growing transport task.

    Will there be bicycle parking facilities at the new ferry wharf?

    Yes. A minimum of 20 bicycle parking spaces will be provided within the Barangaroo Precinct as part of the Barangaroo Ferry Wharf.

  • What facilities will be at the new ferry wharf?

    The Barangaroo Ferry Wharf will have facilities for customer safety and comfort at each wharf, including seating, lighting, passenger information display and weather protection.

    When will the new ferry wharf open?

    Barangaroo Ferry Wharf is expected to be open early 2017.

    Can I travel to Barangaroo by ferry before the new ferry wharf opens?

    Yes. During construction, ferry customers can access Barangaroo via the existing King Street Wharf, which is a short walk away. Once construction is complete, public transport services from King Street Wharf will move to Barangaroo and King Street Wharf (Darling Harbour) will remain open for commercial and tourist operators.

    Which ferry services will use the Barangaroo Wharf?

    A new Barangaroo Wharf will provide room for additional ferry services from the Parramatta River to Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, as well as direct access to and from the Eastern Suburbs and lower North Shore.

    Ferry services expected to use the Barangaroo Ferry Wharf at opening include the F3 Parramatta River F4 Darling Harbour services.

    Information on ferry services to Barangaroo.

    Will there be additional ferry services?

    In the future, the ferry wharf will enable new ferry services to improve access to Barangaroo and the western and mid-town parts of the city centre, including:

    • A new cross harbour route that provides direct access to Barangaroo from the Eastern Suburbs via Milsons Point with an improved frequency of service
    • Expansion of options for additional private and commercial vessel operators to service Barangaroo.

    For more information please refer to Sydney’s Ferry Future which outlines the Government’s plan to modernise and grow the ferry system.

    The new ferry timetable is expected to be announced later in 2017.

    Will the ferries be noisy?

    The project would introduce some additional ferry noise to the area. Ferry operations generally comply with NSW Environmental Protection Authority guidelines. However some noise exceedance is expected during the use of warning horns, wharf cleaning and maintenance.

    Will warning horns be used?

    Ferries are required to sound their horns three times prior to reversing, and let out one or two blasts when approaching wharves and crossing the channel. This includes ferry services at night, which will typically run until midnight, and during the morning start-up procedures, which may commence as early as 4.30am for some services.

    How will pedestrians and cyclists access the new ferry wharf?

    Pedestrian activity is expected to increase as a result of the proposed facility and will be accommodated by a series of new walkways and promenades at Barangaroo. This includes the new Wynyard Walk pedestrian walkway under construction between Wynyard Station and Barangaroo. In addition, bicycle rack spaces will be provided for ferry customers with the Barangaroo Precinct.

    How many ferry movements will there be throughout the day?

    The Barangaroo Ferry Hub is expected to have service throughput of up to 11 vessels per hour during weekday peak periods and 14 vessels per hour all day Saturday and Sunday.

    What hours will the ferry wharf operate?

    Operating hours would typically be between 5am and 12am, Monday to Friday and between 7am and 12am, Saturday and Sunday.

    Special events, such as Vivid Festival and New Year’s Eve, may require extended operating hours.

Last updated: 23 June 2017