Submarine
Wharf

This structure has heritage value as the first submarine wharf to be built in Australia – a striking feature on Neutral Bay during the Cold War decades from the 1960s through to the 1990s. Designed to accommodate the Royal Australian Navy’s six Oberon-class submarines (of only 27 world-wide), it could originally moor all six vessels at the same time.

The reinforced suspended concrete deck is supported on round concrete pylons with a row of steel fender piles along its outer face to buffer berthed vessels. The Submarine Wharf spans 114m and sits 3.89 metres above mean high water level, with surrounding water depth of 8.5 metres. A new lowered 40m timber deck has been constructed at the northern end of the wharf, for improved recreational vessel access. The Submarine Wharf’s southern-end remnant piles and headstocks will also be repurposed as part of the foreshore pedestrian link with nearby Kesterton Park and the North Sydney Wharf.

This foreshore location offers exceptional opportunities for water-based access by casual boaters and kayakers, charter ferries, small-scale local tours, and commercial boat operators.

The Submarine Wharf offers berthing opportunities for maritime operators and, subject to the installation of pontoons by the tenant, it could suit a wide range of vessel sizes from charter boats to recreational vessels. Its use will need to encourage public access to the foreshore, and create an inviting pedestrian connection between the Northern Park and the link to North Sydney Wharf.

Wharf leasing opportunities will be subject to any licensing and planning requirements of Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in addition to Harbour Trust Planning Approvals.

 

The Submarine Wharf is a Type A leasing opportunity.

Type A leasing opportunities provide tenants with a serviced shell, ready for tenant fitout and occupation, subject to Harbour Trust Planning Approval.

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