What is happening now?

    The NSW Government proposes to reinstate ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell. A ferry service operated between the two places from the late 1890s until 1974 when severe storms damaged the wharves.

    Reinstating the wharves is a key component of the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell Precinct Masterplan presented to the community in 2018. More information is available at https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/parks-reserves-and-protected-areas/park-management/community-engagement/kamay-botany-bay-national-park-public-consultation 

    A Transport for NSW project team is undertaking the planning, design, environmental assessment and proposed construction of the La Perouse and Kurnell wharves and associated infrastructure.

    How long has this project been in the planning?

    Reinstating wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell has been considered at various times since 1974. Most recently in 2016, Transport for NSW completed a feasibility study into the viability of reinstating the wharves. The study concluded that reinstating the wharves would provide numerous benefits for La Perouse, Kurnell and wider Sydney. 

    The 2016 Feasibility Study can be accessed at Ferry Wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell Feasibility Study Report (PDF, 6.72 MB)


    Is there funding for this project?

    On 28th April 2018, the Prime Minister and Federal Treasurer announced $50 million in funding towards Stage 1 of the Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell Precinct Masterplan with contributions coming from both the Federal ($25 million) and NSW ($25 million) Governments. 

    Stage 1 of the Master Plan includes the re-instatement of the wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell. 

    When might the wharves be built?

    Subject to planning approval, construction may commence in the second half of 2021. It is expected that it will take around 2 years to construct the wharves.

    What is the connection between this project and the Botany Bay Cruise Terminal proposal?

    There is no connection. The ferry wharves project is independent of, and separate to, any other infrastructure or development proposals for Botany Bay or wider locality including the Cruise Terminal proposal. The location and design of the wharves would not be able to accommodate cruise ships.  

    Does the project allow for another wharf in the Sans Souci area?

    Transport for NSW is aware through consultation with Bayside Council that there is interest to establish two further wharves in Sans Souci and Brighton to complement this project. However, the project scope is currently limited to the reinstatement of wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell.

    How will the community be involved with this project?

    The 2016 Feasibility Study included engagement with the community and what the team learned at that time has been taken into this recent stage of the development. 

    The project team has commenced engagement with groups including environment, recreational fishing and community groups, the La Perouse Aboriginal Land Council, NSW Ports, NSW Fisheries, Randwick City Council, Sutherland Shire Council and Bayside Council.

    The team will continue to engage through the development of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and during the project delivery stages.

    Information about the project will be posted and updated at: https://yoursay.transport.nsw.gov.au/kamay-ferry-wharves

    Currently on this site you can:

    • Complete a survey to tell us more about your previous and potential future use of the wharves and ferries.
    • Share your story or a story that you have heard about the value of the wharves and the ferry in the past when they existed.

    Phone: 1800 228 554

    Email: kamayferrywharves@transport.nsw.gov.au(External link)

    Post: Kamay Ferry Wharves Project, c/o Arup, Level 5, 151 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000