The Station landscaping
The space between Market Street Lawn and the former Newcastle Station bus depot has been transformed into exciting new public domain.
A vibrant new space
The temporary lawn and pathway between The Station and Market Street Lawn has been replaced with sculpted garden beds, shady trees, seating, new paving and picnic space. The result is an attractive and inviting continuous link between two of Newcastle’s premier public spaces.
The new piazza replacing the former bus depot, creates a versatile community space that connects The Station with the waterfront. Interpretive art features tell the stories of the site’s Aboriginal and European history.
Video: The Station landscaping - June 2020
Video: Creating the planter boxes at The Station
Where the land meets the sea
A key feature of the new piazza is an Aboriginal interpretive artwork that also serves as a unique meeting place. We worked with the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council to create designs that reflect Newcastle's First People and their relationship with the land and the harbour.
Concrete seating is arranged in a boomerang configuration, while stenciled concrete represents tide lines and the importance of Newcastle harbour as a food source. Fish, crustaceans and land animals are represented, and an illuminated 'fire pit' that glow red after dark.
Working with local stakeholders is vital to creating vibrant public spaces that still retain heritage and share the stories of the land's original inhabitants. The result is a unique space for the entire community to meet, celebrate, relax and play.
While the construction industry has played a vital part of the nation's economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important that ever to ensure that workers have access to appropriate mental wellbeing resources and an appropriate work-life balance is achieved.
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Getting to The Station
Getting to The Station is easy. Visitors are encouraged to explore active forms of transport and public transport.
Queens Wharf and Newcastle Beach light rail stops are only a minute’s walk away.
Off-street parking is available a short walk away, at Queens Wharf (55 spaces), Boat Harbour (40 spaces), and the Foreshore car park (154 spaces).
Visit the Parking in Newcastle page for more information on getting around the city.