South Mosman Wharf Upgrade


Project overview

The NSW Government is upgrading South Mosman Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program.

Latest news

Dec 2022 - Detailed design complete

The NSW Government is upgrading South Mosman Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program, an initiative to deliver modern, safe and accessible transport infrastructure across the state.

Transport for NSW has completed the detailed design phase of the project. Following community feedback received during public display of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) between 30 November 2020 and 15 January 2021, several changes have been made to the design, while maintaining accessibility requirements.

These changes include:

  • repositioning the wharf structure further to the south and east and away from residential properties
  • relocating the lift and stairwell further south
  • reducing the visual impact of the upgrade by providing open flights of stairs and landings with roof canopies in a series of cascading steps
  • reducing the height of the lift
  • providing additional weather protection.

Work is expected to start in the second half of 2023. We will keep the community updated on progress.

Project information


Transport for NSW is upgrading South Mosman Wharf as part of the Transport Access Program (TAP). The upgraded wharf will provide access for customers with mobility needs, meeting the standards of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (DSAPT).

The new South Mosman Wharf

The new wharf will provide South Mosman with facilities that all members of the community can access.

Key benefits of the project include:

  • a new floating pontoon with a covered waiting area
  • a new lift providing accessible access
  • customer seating
  • new covered stairs
  • a new covered accessway connecting the lift to the gangway on the lower foreshore
  • a new covered gangway and jetty providing better weather protection
  • installation of three bicycle parking hoops.
Artist’s impression of South Mosman Wharf Upgrade as displayed during the REF. Indicative only and subject to detailed design.
Artist’s impression of South Mosman Wharf Upgrade as displayed during the REF. Indicative only. This design has been changed sinced the REF to incorporate community feedback.

Next steps

We will continue to progress the detailed design of the project. We will notify the community before starting work.

Potential construction impacts

Construction of the project would take up to six months to complete, weather and maritime conditions permitting.

It is expected that:

  • temporary changes to pedestrian movements would be put in place during construction
  • a number of trees along the lower foreshore would be replaced to allow for the new stairs and lift
  • a small temporary construction compound would be established on land near the wharf
  • some work to connect to local power supply including footpath excavation
  • some truck movements would be required for landside work
  • the Musgrave Street cul-de-sac would be temporarily closed to buses only
  • there would be some truck movements on Musgrave Street.

We will notify the community of any impacts before starting work.

Alternative transport during closure and construction

South Mosman Wharf would be closed for up to six months to allow for the safe construction of the new wharf.

Alternative public transport options that would be available during the wharf closure include using ferry services at Mosman Bay Wharf, local bus services including bus route 111 and train services at North Sydney and Milsons Point stations.

Transport will speak with the State Transit Authority to determine if bus services need to be increased and operating hours extended to cater for the potential increase in demand during the construction period.The temporary closure of South Mosman Wharf would not change the timetable for ferry services to other wharves on the F6 route.

Customers would be encouraged to plan their trip by visiting or call Transport Info on 131 500 before starting their journey.

Work hours and potential noise impacts

Our standard work hours would be between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. Some of the work during these times would be noisy. No work is planned for Sundays or public holidays.

Some out of hours work may be carried out for work that requires calm water conditions. We would notify impacted residents before carrying out any out of hours work.

Other wharf upgrades in the area

Wharf interchanges across Sydney are being upgraded to improve the transport experience for customers and the community. To find out more about wharf upgrades in your area visit the Wharf Upgrade Program page.

In designing the new wharves, a number of areas need to be considered such as accessibility, the environment, customer safety and amenity, future demand and ferry operations. These are outlined in the Design Considerations factsheet (PDF, 335Kb).

Project documents

Some documents on this page may not comply with accessibility requirements (WCAG).

If you are having trouble accessing information in these documents, please contact us.


Community updates


Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 770 973 (during business hours)