Sydney's Campbell Cove Revitalisation Moves Forward


A revitalisation of Sydney's historic Campbell’s Cove precinct at west Circular Quay has taken an important step forward with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment opening up the proposal for public feedback.

The waterfront upgrades aim to protect the heritage seawall while enhancing everyday use of the area.

Proposed changes include a new 10-metre wide promenade, an outdoor leisure area, and east-west connections from Campbell’s Cove to Hickson Road and The Rocks to improve access.


Property NSW submitted a State Significant development application for the upgrade and it was first exhibited for four weeks in February this year.

Key Sites and Industry Assessments executive director Anthea Sargeant said the department was very keen to hear the community’s views on the plans.

Community feedback is now being sought on the response to submissions. Sargeant said while the original design principles have been kept, the revised proposal simplifies the paving to visually de-clutter the space.

“To protect the existing fig trees, paving would be designed to avoid disturbing the roots. And eight existing Livistona Palm trees would be transplanted, with an arborist’s advice, to the northern side of the entry road to Campbell’s Cove plaza.” Sargeant said.

“The previously proposed boardwalk extension adjacent to the Park Hyatt has been removed from the application, and the heritage listed wharf railings and gate would be preserved.”


The design of the Bay X stairs next to Campbell’s Stores have not changed, however the outdoor dining areas on the terraces have been removed.

Submissions can be made until Friday 15 December 2017. To make a submission or view the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposal, visit:

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