New wharf at Fort Denison - Muddawahnyuh

National Parks and Wildlife Service is constructing a new wharf at Fort Denison - Muddawahnyuh.

Fort Denison – Muddawahnyuh is a significant colonial-era fort in Sydney Harbour. Known as 'Mattewanya' to traditional owners, a 'Pinchgut' to convicts and colonists, it was originally a rocky outcrop before the Colonial Government fortified the island from the 1840s, with later additions including the most complete Martello Tower in the world. The fort has been a tourist attraction since the 1940s and was added to Sydney Harbour National Park in 1995.

Fort Denison – Muddawahnyuh has been closed to visitors to allow for significant conservation and repair works to the Barracks building and seawalls. We propose to replace the island's existing 1940s era timber wharf with a new modern and safe wharf that will comply with accessibility standards established under the Disability Discrimination Act. The upgrade of the Fort Denison Wharf will complement the NSW Government's Transport Access Program and its Wharf Upgrade Program. The new wharf will allow people with mobility issues to safely visit Fort Denison for the first time in the island's 170-year history.

This project is being delivered as part of the largest visitor infrastructure program in national park history.

Detailed planning and design for the new wharf was carried out in 2020.

The new wharf will consist of a floating pontoon linked via a gangway and fixed bridge to Fort Denison – Muddawahnyuh. Fabrication of the pontoon is being undertaken in Port Macquarie from April 2021.

On site works at Fort Denison – Muddawahnyuh will commence in May 2021, with completion expected in early 2022.

Work on site are currently paused while the new pontoon is fabricated off site. Work crews are expected back at Fort Denison in January 2022.

Standard work hours will be between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am and 1pm on Saturday.

Night works were required during the early stages of this project and may recommence in early 2022. This enables works to be completed safety and accurately when the harbour waters are calm and vessel traffic is light. Noise monitoring stations set up in Kirribilli and Cremorne will check any over-water noise so that it does not exceed legal levels; however, noise levels are not expected to be high.

We will keep visitors and the community informed of the progress of this project through regular updates on this webpage.

In accordance with NSW environmental and planning legislation, National Parks and Wildlife Service have carried out a thorough environmental assessment of the site with input from relevant specialists.

Heritage assessments have also been carried out, which consider the state significance of Fort Denison and the location within the buffer zone of the World Heritage Listed, Sydney Opera House.

Do you have any questions?

For further information on the project, please send us your question, and the project team will provide updates via this webpage.

Fort Denison wharf upgrade

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