Pedestrian Upgrades for Bay Street, Double Bay

Published on 22 February 2023

Artist impression of completed works at Bay Street

Council will deliver a suite of pedestrian upgrades in Bay Street, Double Bay that will improve safety, accessibility, amenity and connection to the Double Bay Ferry Wharf, beach and Steyne Park.

When complete, they will make walking, cycling and public transport an easier and more enjoyable way to access the harbour front. These works will be delivered at the same time as Transport for NSW’s major upgrade of the Double Bay Ferry Wharf, resulting in a fresh look for the entire precinct.

What does this project involve?

This project involves moving the street’s existing cul-de-sac closer to the Double Bay centre, allowing us to expand the paved area between the street and ferry wharf. Through pedestrian-friendly design and increased planting and landscaping, the upgrades will result in a leafy and attractive space that enhances the character of the area.

The works have been split into two stages:

  • Stage one - Bay Street, north of William Street
  • Stage two - Bay Street, between William Street and Cross Street

Stage one work includes:

  • Moving the cul-de-sac 26 metres closer to William Street
  • Creating a paved pedestrian zone at the northern end of Bay Street
  • Reducing ten car parking spaces to allow a greater area for walking and adding bicycle racks
  • Adding new landscaping. As part of the works and as resolved by Council on 11 April 2023, 5 trees will be removed and replacement planting will include 12 street and park trees to increase the tree canopy.
  • Improving stormwater drainage and quality of water management

Stage two work includes:

  • Installing pavers on the footpath on both sides of the road, to match the pavers installed in stage one
  • Upgrading the road surface
  • Improving stormwater drainage and quality of water management

Woollahra Council is committed to making art accessible to the public. As part of the Bay Street upgrade, a public artwork will be installed on site in 2024. Woollahra Council has engaged Curator Holly Williams from the Curators’ Department to undertake the project and develop the commission, in consultation with Council’s Public Art Panel. Further details on the public art project and commission will be available shortly on this website.

How is this project funded?

This project is wholly funded by a grant from the NSW Government’s Public Spaces Legacy Program.

Construction information

Council has appointed Civeco Civil Engineering to undertake the upgrade works. Construction of stage one is scheduled to start in July 2023 and construction of stage two is scheduled to start in November 2023. 

Work will be carried out between 7am - 5pm Monday to Friday, and possibly some Saturdays between 7am - 1pm as required.

Access to all properties on Bay Street will be maintained throughout the works.

Have a question?

For more information please contact Project Manager Oliver Ashworth at 9391 7061 or email

See the plan for stage one of the Bay Street pedestrian upgrades below:

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Ferry wharf upgrade complete

The NSW Government's upgrade of the Double Bay Ferry Wharf to create a more accessible and modern wharf was completed in December 2023, giving ferry-users safer, step-free access from street to ferry.

The multi-million-dollar wharf upgrade was delivered through the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program.

The upgraded wharf improves ferry access for public transport customers and includes a new dual-sided pontoon and connecting gangway, a covered waiting area, and weather-protected seating, as well as improved lighting and security. 

These crucial upgrades will make the wharf easier and safer for customers to use, including those with additional mobility requirements, and customers with luggage or prams.

As part of the NSW Government upgrade wharf, work by Gweagal artist Shane Youngberry is sandblasted into the new connecting structure between the jetty and gangway.