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10/08/2020 02:51 PM

Major makeover for Newcastle’s Macquarie Pier

Newcastle’s iconic Macquarie Pier will be revitalised in a major $3 million improvement project by Port Authority of New South Wales.

The Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project will transform Newcastle’s popular harbourside pathway, creating a destination spot that celebrates the city’s maritime history and seamlessly complements the Bathers Way coastal walk.

Due for completion by the end of the year, Port Authority’s $3 million upgrade will see a new, widened pathway complete with sandstone seating, maritime-style fencing, and interpretive heritage features along the 900m route.

At the foot of Nobbys Head, a new paved area will create a gathering space for visitors to relax, enjoy a coffee from mobile cafes and watch the activity of the working port.

Image: concept art of the revitalised Macquarie Pier 

“Macquarie Pier has provided safe passage for ships entering Newcastle Harbour for over 200 years and has been integral in developing Newcastle into the city it is today,” said Emma Fensom, Port Authority’s Head of Operations, Newcastle & North Coast.

“Macquarie Pier is a link between Newcastle’s past and present and continues to contribute to the prosperity and liveability of our city. As owner of this significant site, Port Authority recognises its immense value to our community.

“The revitalised Macquarie Pier will give people a place to connect with Newcastle’s maritime heritage and create a space for visitors and the city’s community to enjoy for years to come.”

Image: concept art of the revitalised Macquarie Pier 


Work on the project will begin in August, with the revitalised Macquarie Pier complete and scheduled to open to the public in late 2020 in time for the summer season. Port Authority will announce a confirmed opening date closer to the project’s completion.

For safety reasons, Macquarie Pier and Nobbys Headland will be closed to the public during the construction period. The Newcastle Breakwall will remain open during the works and can be accessed via Nobbys Beach.

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The Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project was a recipient of a grant from the NSW Government’s Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund and has been supported with contributions from Port of Newcastle.

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