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Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project

Newcastle’s iconic Macquarie Pier and its historic harbourside walkway is being revitalised in a major new improvement project by Port Authority of New South Wales.

Macquarie Pier reopens to the public from Monday 21 December 2020 following the completion of stage one of Port Authority's $3 million revitalisation project. Nobby Headland is also now open to the public on weekends and public holidays excluding Christmas Day and New Years. 

Macquarie Pier at the entrance to Newcastle Harbour is an iconic and historic local attraction, popular with tourists and the local community.

Open to the public year-round, Macquarie Pier provides a public walkway and cycle path that extends 900m north along the water from Nobbys Beach to the Newcastle Breakwater. The site is also a key location for charity fun runs and events and provides public access to the heritage-listed Nobbys Head, one of Newcastle's most famous landmarks.

Macquarie Pier also retains an operational function as an access route for the Newcastle Breakwater and the active signal station and lighthouse on Nobbys Head.

As the owner of the popular site, Port Authority recognises Macquarie Pier’s immense value to Newcastle and will undertake a $3 million upgrade to ensure it’s enjoyed by visitors and the city’s community for years to come.

A walk through Newcastle’s maritime history

Port Authority’s Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project will create a destination spot that celebrates Newcastle’s maritime history and seamlessly complements the Bathers Way coastal walk.

Image: concept art of the revitalised Macquarie Pier 

The revitalised Macquarie Pier features:

  • A widened waterside footpath
    Walk along the water’s edge on an upgraded 900m-long pathway that stretches from Nobbys Beach to the entrance of Newcastle Harbour.

  • A space for gathering and relaxing
    Watch the activity of the working port while enjoying a coffee from a mobile cafe in a new paved area at the foot of Nobbys Head.

  • Sandstone seating
    Take a break and take in the harbour views from new sandstone-block seating set along the Macquarie Pier pathway.

  • Heritage interpretation
    Connect with the past through heritage features that tell the story of Newcastle’s maritime history.

  • Maritime-style fencing
    Stay safe along the Macquarie Pier pathway with new fencing in fitting with the maritime location.

Image: concept art of the revitalised Macquarie Pier 

Project works

Works for the Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project began in August 2020.

Stage one: the revitalisation of the Macquarie Pier pathway, completed and open to the public from 21 December 2020

Stage two: the installation of interpretive heritage features along the route to tell the story of Newcastle’s maritime history. The walkway will remain open while this work is undertaken. Scheduled for completion in March / April 2021.

Funding support

The Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project has been proudly funded by the NSW Government through a grant from the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund and has been generously supported with contributions from Port of Newcastle.

The Newcastle Port Community Contribution (NPCC) Fund supports community projects around the Port of Newcastle. Grants are provided for projects that benefit the environment, public domain, infrastructure, heritage restoration, activation, smart technology, or community.

More information

Updates will be added to this page as the project develops. Contact Port Authority for more information or enquiries about the Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project.