Mosman Wharf | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Mosman Wharf

Item details

Name of item: Mosman Wharf
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Water
Category: Wharf
Primary address: Avenue Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Mosman


Boundary of Wharf Lease
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Avenue RoadMosmanMosmanWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This is a historic wharf location of which continuum the present wharf complex is a tangible part. The structure is a modern interpretation of Sydney Harbour's nautical tradition and was designed in the office of one of Australia's leading conservationalists of the late 20th century, Milo Dunphy.
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Designer/Maker: Loder & Dunphy
Builder/Maker: Not known
Physical description: Late 20th-century Late Modern. The ferry wharf complex comprises a piled structure on the edge of the shore and a floating pontoon wharf linked to it by a ramp. The pontoon is a simple traditional steel and timber structure on a concrete raft, set between guide piles so as to rise and fall with the tide. The waterside building is basically a rectangular structure with a metal deck roof and cladding, white acrylic fascia panels, and a ceiling of plywood diagonal barrel-vault motifs. A small refreshment kiosk, a retail shop and toilet facilities, and a bus waiting area form part of the complex.
Modifications and dates: Minor Alteration.


Historical notes: Regular ferry services ran to Mosman from the 1870s, utilising structures developed from the former shipyards in Mosman Bay. The ferry wharf has operated continuously to the present. This, the most recent of several ferry wharves to be built over the years at this spot, was constructed as part of an improvement programme for ferry facilities around the harbour. Tram services ran to the wharf till the 1950s.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria g)
This item is aesthetically representative locally. This item is historically representative locally. This item is socially representative locally.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanMosman Wharf 09 Dec 11 41 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Pittwater Road Review2001 Kim Ketelby  Yes
 0006 CHP/RI/TB No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2060006
File number: 006

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