Circular Quay Precinct Renewal


Project overview

In 2015, the NSW Government announced that AU$200 million would be reserved through the Restart NSW fund for the upgrading of the Circular Quay ferry wharves.

Key benefits

  • An improved customer and visitor experience
  • A modern transport interchange that offers accessible, comfortable, safe and easy to use transport services
  • A vibrant, accessible and sustainable waterfront destination that features innovative and sophisticated design solutions
  • Opportunities to grow the local and tourist economy

Positioned between two Australian icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay is one of Australia’s great historical and cultural areas. 

Circular Quay is a key entry point to Sydney’s northern CBD, which is being transformed by a multi-billion dollar pipeline of public and private sector investment. 

With 35 million customer trips every year, Circular Quay is one of Sydney’s major transport interchanges. It is also one of Australia’s most visited destinations and a major contributor to Australia’s $126 billion tourism industry. There are currently about 50 million visits to Circular Quay precinct every year and that figure is forecast to grow by more than 40 per cent to 81 million by 2041. 

Circular Quay is the stage for Sydney’s premier cultural events such as New Year’s Eve, Australia Day and the Vivid Festival. It also has significant importance in Australia’s cultural heritage, spanning from the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation through to European settlement.

Circular Quay’s transport infrastructure and public domain does not currently fulfil the potential of its globally-recognised location. There is a need to upgrade the Circular Quay ferry wharves to make them accessible for all customers and to cater for further growth.

The public space around the interchange also needs to be improved to manage the movements of people with different destinations, such as customers and visitors, and open up connections and views to surrounding areas.

Project overview

The NSW Government is seeking partners who can deliver its vision of upgrading the ferry wharves and renewing the precinct to create a world-class destination. This process is known as Structured Market Engagement. 

For information on Structured Market Engagement, visit

For further enquiries, email

Transport for NSW is conducting investigations at Circular Quay and the immediate surrounding area from April to July 2018.