Honeysuckle works

Proposed amenities for Honeysuckle Park

Now on public exhibition

We have been working with City of Newcastle (CN) to deliver permanent public amenities at Honeysuckle Park.   

The temporary toilets we installed in January are getting plenty of use, as the park and foreshore walk continue to attract both locals and visitors.  

We’re planning to build new wheelchair accessible amenities with baby change facilities, to better cater for everyone at this popular destination. Consultation, final design and approvals are required before this can happen.  

We’ve looked at a number of sites and completed an options analysis to determine the best location for the amenities. After speaking with residents, we are now proposing to construct the permanent facilities adjacent to the children’s playground.  

Have your say  

We’ve completed a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to assess the proposal’s environmental and community impacts.  

The REF is now on public exhibition and the community is invited to provide feedback before a final decision is made.  

We invite you to view the REF and Frequently Asked Questions (right) before making a submission.  

Submissions close Monday 13 June 2022.  

Q. Why are public toilets needed at Honeysuckle Park?  
A. Accessible public toilet facilities are needed in Honeysuckle Park to provide for park visitors and users of the waterfront promenade. With a children’s playground, picnic tables and barbeques available, visitors are likely to stay for extended periods of time and require access to public toilets nearby. 

HCCDC has installed temporary toilets while planning for the permanent amenities is underway. 

Q. What is the purpose of the Review of Environmental Factors?  
A. The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) considers the potential impacts of the construction and operation of the permanent amenities, including impacts to the environment, nearby residents and people who use and access the site. The REF also identifies actions to avoid or mitigate identified impacts. 

Q. What facilities will be available?  
A. The proposed permanent amenities feature two accessible toilets with a baby change station in each. Internal hand basins are provided as well as an external hand basin.  

Q. What will the toilets look like?  
A. The design of the proposed toilets complements the surrounding park structures and is intended to match the existing BBQ shelter. Appendix B in the REF shows the proposed toilet design. 

Q. What consultation has occurred?  
A. HCCDC has consulted with City of Newcastle and nearby residents about the permanent toilet location and design. The consultation is outlined in the Review of Environmental Factors, which is now on public exhibition so residents and the broader community can provide feedback on the proposal.  

Q. When will the toilets be built?  
A. If approved, HCCDC intends to build the permanent amenities later this year, including the installation of a sewer pipeline along Worth Place to connect the toilets to the sewer main.  

Submissions close Monday 13 June 2022.  

You can make a submission by: 

Promenade and Cottage Creek

Construction and creek naturalisation works underway

Construction of the next phase of the promenade along Honeysuckle water’s edge is underway. This section includes tree-lined, 10m-wide granite pathways, seating, and will join the recently opened section of promenade at Honeysuckle Park.

The works will also see the planting and naturalisation of the Cottage Creek waterway, on the northern side of Honeysuckle Drive. We are collaborating with Hunter Water to enhance amenity and naturalise Cottage Creek on the southern side of Honeysuckle Drive.

We are building an architecturally designed pedestrian bridge so you will be able to continue to walk, cycle, jog or scoot along the waters edge. Ultimately this path will form part of an 11km harbourside path stretching from Wickham in the city's west to Bathers Way in the east.

This project is partially funded by the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund (NPCC).

Former Wickham School of Arts

Making the building safe and watertight

Work is underway to repair and make safe the former Wickham School of Arts building in Honeysuckle.

We are repairing the roof, waterproofing the building, resealing windows and doors and removing hazardous materials. As well as making repairs, HCCDC has removed elements that don’t have heritage value, such as the rear annex added in the 1950s and two buildings located either side of the former Wickham School of Arts building. 

Work is expected to be completed by mid-2022.

The former Wickham School of Arts building is listed in the Newcastle Local Environment Plan (LEP) as a heritage item with local significance. This work will give the building the best possible change of being repurposed as part of Honeysuckle's transformation. 

Honeysuckle HQ

The final Honeysuckle lands to be transformed

Honeysuckle HQ represents the final lands to be transformed in Honeysuckle. It 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 is undergoing 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 open.

Other private sector developments

Private sector investment to deliver new homes, jobs and economic activity


35 Honeysuckle Drive

Huntington is a residential development which includes residential apartments and ground floor commercial space.

Developer: Doma Group

Status: Construction underway

Estimated completion:  2023

Chris Farrington,
(02) 6260 7750

[email protected]

Project website

University of Newcastle Q Building Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle City Campus

The University of Newcastle is significantly expanding its city centre presence with its Honeysuckle City Campus Development. The masterplan for this 10-year development sees seven new buildings including student accommodation over 6.2 hectares of Honeysuckle land.

The first building, Newcastle's School of Creative Industries and Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) Hub opened in July 2021. It includes specialised spaces and technologies that enhance working and collaborative environments enriching teaching, learning, co-working and entrepreneurial experiences.

Developer: University of Newcastle

Status: No current works

Damian Burke
University of Newcastle
[email protected]

Project website

Horizon on the Harbour - Artist's Impression

45 Honeysuckle Drive

Mixed-use residential apartments and ground floor retail space.

Developer: Miller Property Corporation

Status: Construction underway

Estimated completion: 2023

Warwick Miller
Miller Property Corporation
0418 636 613 
[email protected]

Project website

Little National Hotel artist impression

42 Honeysuckle Drive

Little National Hotel will cater for business, conference and leisure guests. It includes a 181-room hotel, boutique office space and car parking. Hotel facilities will be available to commercial tenants. 

Developer: Doma Group

Status: Construction will commence in 2022

Estimated completion: 2023

Chris Farrington
(02) 6260 7750
[email protected]

Project website

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What work is currently underway at Honeysuckle?

HCCDC is undertaking essential infrastructure upgrades as part of a $55 million program to provide new public domain in the west end of Honeysuckle.

We're currently delivering the next phase of the promenade along Honeysuckle water’s edge, which includes tree-lined, 10m-wide granite pathways that will join the recently opened section of promenade at Honeysuckle Park. The works will also see the planting and naturalisation of the Cottage Creek waterway.

Work is also underway to repair and make safe the former Wickham School of Arts building in Honeysuckle.


Will Throsby Car Park remain open?

The Throsby Car Park is temporary and will eventually close when the land is repurposed.


What other car parks are there in Newcastle?

There are 20 off-street parking stations in Newcastle city centre and many of them offer all day parking for reasonable fees. 

View the off-street parking guide for Newcastle city centre > 

Why is there a pedestrian and cyclist diversion?

HCCDC is delivering an attractive new promenade that is the current missing link in our city’s waterfront walk, stretching from Throsby Creek to Merewether.

In order to deliver this new public space, we first need to install infrastructure and undertake construction works along the waterfront.

Safety is our number one priority, and therefore a designated, separated path has been built to connect Honeysuckle Drive with the Marina.

This diversion is expected to remain in place for at least two years.


What is the future of the remaining land in the west of Honeysuckle?

Of the remaining land held in Honeysuckle, more than one third is being transformed into high-quality public space, while the other land is zoned for mixed use and commercial development. This land is strategically located in Newcastle’s emerging west end CBD and close to the transport interchange.


What will happen to the Wickham School of Arts building?

The former Wickham School of Arts building has local heritage significance. The building is recognised within the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012. The building is likely to be incorporated into a future development Lot in order to allow for greatest flexibility of adaptation. This will be considered as part of a wider divestment strategy for the land.


What’s the best way for me to stay informed of changes in Honeysuckle?

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Who can I speak to if I’d like more information?

If you have any questions about Honeysuckle, please contact HCCDC via phone or email and your query will be directed to the relevant project manager.

T:  +61 2 4904 2750    
E:  [email protected]

Works Notifications

25.02.22     Former Wickham School of Arts works update
14.01.22   Former Wickham School of Arts works update
21.12.21   Honeysuckle Park temporary toilets
17.12.21   Promenade and Cottage Creek works update
24.11.21   Former Wickham School of Arts works update
20.10.21   Former Wickham School of Arts works commence
11.10.10   Promenade and Cottage Creek works commence
07.05.21   Notice of footpath closure
19.03.21   Temporary footpath closure
12.03.21   Temporary footpath closure
20.01.21   Temporary road and car park closures 
15.12.20   Site shutdown over holidays
15.12.20   Extension of footpath closure: Honeysuckle Park works
09.12.20   Traffic Diversions: December
03.12.20   Temporary footpath closure: Honeysuckle Park works
18.11.20   Footpath closed for electrical works
18.10.20   Temporary footpath closure: Honeysuckle Park works
23.10.20   Start of work: Honeysuckle Park
11.05.20   Sewer works: 18-26 May
03.04.20   Cottage Creek bridge works
20.03.20   Temporary traffic diversion
11.03.20   Night Work
28.02.20   Start of work: Honeysuckle Drive upgrade
11.05.19   Harbour Square water feature upgrade
12.04.19   Changes to footpaths and walkways: Seawall works commence
01.11.18   Lee Wharf A, Seawall upgrades and Harbour Square boat dock


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

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