Queens Wharf

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Queens Wharf
General information
LocationWharf Road, Newcastle, New South Wales
OpenedMay 1988
DemolishedSeptember 2018 (tower only)
Cost$13 million
Technical details
Floor count3
Design and construction
ArchitectKevin Snell

Queens Wharf is a multi-purpose venue in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia with a cafe, pub, restaurant, observation tower and ferry wharf built as part of the redevelopment of the Hunter River foreshore. Opened in May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II, it was completed as a Bicentennial project.[1] The Queens Wharf project was the vision of Joy Cummings, who became Lord Mayor of Newcastle in 1974, the first woman ever to hold such a position in Australia.[1]

The observation tower was demolished in September 2018.[2][3][4] The decision to keep the observation tower would cost ratepayers $1.6 million in the next four years in maintenance costs.[5] The total cost of demolition was estimated to cost $30,000.[5]

The ferry wharf is served by Newcastle Transport's Stockton ferry service.[6][7]

The wharf also has a station on the Newcastle Light Rail.

Preceding wharf Ferries in NSW Following wharf
Stockton Ferry Terminus
Preceding station Light Rail in NSW Following station
Crown Street Newcastle Light Rail Newcastle Beach


  1. ^ a b Queens Wharf Newcastle Now
  2. ^ Newcastle's iconic, phallic shaped Queens Wharf Tower set for demolition, 30 years after it was erected ABC News 29 November 2017
  3. ^ Newcastle's Queen Street Wharf tower off to the scrap heap after demolition Newcastle Herald 3 July 2018
  4. ^ Closing time for Queens Wharf Tower as entry is boarded up ahead of September 17 demolition Newcastle Herald 3 September 2018
  5. ^ a b Kelly, Matthew (3 September 2018). "Closing time for Queens Wharf Tower as entry is boarded up". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  6. ^ Ferry services Newcastle Transport
  7. ^ "Stockton Ferry Services". Transport for NSW.

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