Honeysuckle

An ongoing urban transformation success story. Over 50 hectares of former industrial, maritime land is now a centre for entertainment, tourism, employment, and recreation on the edge of Newcastle Harbour.

Honeysuckle's final lands

We're seeking an experienced development partner to transform the final Honeysuckle lands into an enviable and vibrant destination where the new CBD meets the waterfront.

Private sector developments

Government has paved the way for private sector investment to deliver new homes, jobs and economic activity.

Preserving heritage

HCCDC has delivered major restoration and structural repairs to the heritage 'Wharf' building, unlocking opportunity for it's new life as 'Hope at Honeysuckle'.

Honeysuckle urban renewal

More jobs, homes and public spaces

HCCDC has led Honeysuckle's renewal since the early 1990s when the plan was initiated to remediate and repurpose seven precincts, spanning four kilometres of waterfront land.

As the master developer for Honeysuckle, HCCDC has managed the staged divestment of the land, and the area has so far seen more than $1 billion in private investment, and generated an estimated $3 billion in economic activity.

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.
 

Ongoing transformation

Over the next few years HCCDC will continue to deliver new public domain and infrastructure to ensure the former industrial land continues to thrive. Honeysuckle will also become the home of the University of Newcastle's new city campus. Visit the Honeysuckle Works page for current work details and updates.

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 public domain


Creating great places in vibrant communities

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

Our $55 million investment into foreshore infrastructure and public domain works will see Honeysuckle thrive for future generations.

This includes seawall works, landscaping of waterfront green spaces, planting over 150 trees, and creating attractive promenades that stretch from the Wickham Marina through Honeysuckle along the foreshore connecting to Nobbys beach and Bathers Way.

The Honeysuckle Foreshore Public Domain Plan provides a framework for the delivery of high quality public domain in Honeysuckle and supports the broader renewal of Newcastle city centre.

Foreshore transformation works

 

The final phase of Honeysuckle's transformation is underway.

We've constructed new sea walls, upgraded Honeysuckle Drive and reopened the Cottage Creek waterway to prepare the waterfront precinct for exciting future uses. We've also delivered a new public space and children's playground with the completion of Honeysuckle Park.

The transformation continues as we deliver the next stage of Honeysuckle's harbourside promenade and public domain.

 

Project map   Current works page

Honeysuckle Park

The completion of Honeysuckle Park marked a significant milestone in the delivery of new public domain and the continued revitalisation of the Honeysuckle waterfront.

The park includes sandstone seating at the harbour's edge, shelters with picnic seating, covered barbecue facilities and a Maritime inspired play area. Native trees, including banksia, tuckeroos and pines, line new pedestrian links, making it easier to move from the waterfront to the Honeysuckle Light Rail stop.

Construction of this park is an important step in completing the public connection from Wickham Marina, through Honeysuckle along the foreshore to Bathers Way.

Honeysuckle Drive road upgrade


A wider and re-aligned road, improved merging lanes, footpaths and cycleways on both sides of Honeysuckle Drive are a few of the features of the $12 million upgrade delivered by HCCDC, aimed at improving ease of use, accessibility, and safety.

An integral part of the Honeysuckle Drive works is the architecturally designed Cottage Creek Bridge, which replaces the old concrete structure with a new, multi-functional bridge in its place. Spanning 30 metres, the new bridge supports heavy vehicle traffic up to double semi-trailers. The upgrades have improved the flow of traffic, made safety a priority for both recreational and commuting cyclists, as well as now offering some stunning visual streetscape upgrades for commuters to enjoy.

Seawall 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.

To date we have recycled 8000 tonnes of processed concrete from the old wharves into new seawalls.

We completed rebuilding the 75-year-old harbour seawalls at Lee 5 and Throsby mid 2020, in preparation for new public domain. 

The Wharf restoration

Preserving and celebrating heritage

Lee Wharf A, now known as The Wharf, is an iconic and much loved waterfront heritage building in the centre of Honeysuckle.

It was built in 1910 in the Federation style and was used for wool storage, as a cargo port, and place of immigration after World War 2. 

HCCDC completed major restoration and structural repairs to the building in early 2020, including reinstating its harbourside deck, and completing significant stabilisation and seawall repairs. These restoration works have paved the way for an exciting new use for The Wharf, as a destination that will attract both locals and visitors to this key harbourside location.


Hope at Honeysuckle
After a competitive process, Hope Estate announced their plans for The Wharf building with 'Hope at Honeysuckle'. The new venue will bring the best of the Hunter to Newcastle by showcasing the wine, spirits and craft beer the Hope family is known for. 'Hope at Honeysuckle' will also offer wine tastings, cooking masterclasses or beer matching experiences. The DA to create this new venue was approved by City of Newcastle in late 2021. 

Honeysuckle HQ

The final Honeysuckle lands to be transformed

Honeysuckle HQ sits at the far western edge of the precinct and is made up of two parcels of land: Honeysuckle Quays, located on the waterfront side of Honeysuckle Drive, and Honeysuckle Quarter on the city side.

On the city side sits the former Wickham School of Arts building, which has undergone repairs to give it the best possible chance of being repurposed. The remaining land provides temporary car parking until a future use is identified.

We’re seeking an experienced development partner to deliver our vision to transform Honeysuckle HQ into a magnetic and vibrant destination, where the new CBD meets the waterfront. This process is being managed in a progressive manner, with the call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) stage now closed and proposals being assessed.

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, with the highest standards of built form and urban amenity being applied.

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Video: $12M Honeysuckle Drive upgrade 2021

Video: Cottage Creek bridge works

Video: Honeysuckle seawall works - Stage 1

Video: Honeysuckle seawall works - Timelapse

Video: Honeysuckle public domain

Video: Honeysuckle waterfront works