The urban renewal of Honeysuckle is a signature project for HCCDC.

Work began in 1992 with a plan to remediate and repurpose seven precincts, spanning four kilometres of prime waterfront.

The 50-hectare site now supports a diverse mix of employment, residential, tourism, recreation and public domain uses for the community. It also celebrates and enhances heritage and is known as one of the most successful urban renewal programs in NSW. 


HCCDC will soon commence the final stage of Honeysuckle’s transformation.

This will involve construction of new seawalls, the realignment of Honeysuckle Drive, and reopening the Cottage Creek waterway before delivering new public spaces along the waterfront.

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For most of the 20th Century, the Honeysuckle project area was dominated by railway workshops, wool stores, cargo sheds and warehouses, both active and dormant. In more recent decades the rich and important industrial heritage of the land left it contaminated, derelict and blocked off from the people of Newcastle.

By the late 1980s it was recognised that there had been a gradual but sustained period of decline in the number of people living and working in Newcastle. Formed by the State Government in 1992 and initially funded with $100 million from the Commonwealth/State Building Better Cities program, the Honeysuckle Development Corporation set about working in partnership with the local community to transform 50 hectares of surplus government land.

At the heart of one of the biggest urban renewal projects in Australia was the task of opening up Newcastle Harbour to the community. By creating quality residential, commercial and recreational waterfront areas, the project has unlocked lifestyle, economic and environmental benefits for the city and received urban design awards and international recognition along the way.

Honeysuckle foreshore public domain

HCCDC is committed to creating great places in vibrant communities.

Through community consultation, some fantastic ideas for the transformation of Newcastle's iconic waterfront precinct have been identified.

HCCDC's plan to invest $55 million into foreshore infrastructure and public domain works will see Honeysuckle set to thrive for future generations. This will include seawall works, superior landscaping of waterfront green spaces, planting of over 150 trees, and the creation of attractive wide promenades stretching from the Marina through Honeysuckle, and along Bathers Way to Merewether Beach.

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Worth Place Park West

The Development Application (DA) for Worth Place Park West has now been lodged, marking a significant step in the delivery of new public domain, and the continued revitalisation of the Honeysuckle waterfront.

The park will include sandstone block steps into the harbour, shelter with picnic seating, barbecue facilities and a soft-fall play area. Native trees, including banksia, tuckeroos and pines, will line new pedestrian links, making it easier to move from the waterfront to the Honeysuckle Light Rail stop.

The lodgement of this DA is an important step in completing the public connection between Wickham Marina and Bathers Way through to Honeysuckle.

The works are scheduled to commence in early 2020.


Honeysuckle Public Domain - Worth Place Park West


Seawall & wharf works

HCCDC maintains three kilometres of seawall along the Honeysuckle promenade.

This part of the waterfront has a rich and colourful history, and ongoing maintenance will ensure that this space can be accessed and enjoyed by the public for years to come.

Current works include:

  • important seawall construction works to rebuild the seventy five year old harbour seawalls at Lee 5 and Throsby in preparation for new public domain;
  • stabilisation and upgrade repair works to the building foundations of Lee Wharf A.


The next phase of Honeysuckle

Through the Honeysuckle urban renewal program, the government has paved the way for private sector investment to deliver new homes, jobs and economic activity. 

As the Honeysuckle project draws closer to completion, exciting new projects are planned for the remaining Honeysuckle lands and the highest standards of built form and urban amenity will be applied.


The architecturally designed ‘Horizon’ development is a 105-apartment residential and retail proposal by the Miller Property Corporation, which includes leading firms Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects and CKDS Architecture in its design team.

HCCDC released the site for expressions of interest (EOI) in 2017, and attracted significant interest from the property market, demonstrating ongoing demand for waterfront residential and retail opportunities.

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Images by CKDS Architecture & Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Honeysuckle is experiencing the next stage of transformation. To keep informed about what's changing:

As Newcastle grows, changes are being made to the ways we visit and get around the city centre. There are 20 off-street parking stations in Newcastle city centre and many of them offer all day parking for reasonable fees.

Public transport, cycling and the City of Newcastle Council Park and Ride service are also options for your journey into town.