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‘Manly Cove West’ moves forward, looks back

Work has begun in earnest to transform the former Sea Life Aquarium site into a precinct known as “Manly Cove West.” As geotechnical drilling gets underway, the history of the site is being displayed in a “Story Walk” from today, 25 November.

Member for Manly James Griffin released images of the imagined site to us today (minus the yet-to-be-determined detail), and said it was exciting to see the beginning of a major revamp of Manly Cove underway. He urged locals to visit the Story Walk to gain a deeper understanding of the Aboriginal cultural significance and history of the area.

The current Sea Life site.
The revised site.


“The Story Walk helps share the history of our area and explains the work that is underway with a series of signboards installed around the former Manly Sea Life building. The signboards show images of Manly’s heritage, history, the environment and future plans for Manly Cove,” Minister Griffin said.

The Story Walk at Manly Cove West.
Story Walk.
Story Walk.

What’s next for this site?

Transport for NSW is the owner of the former aquarium Manly Sea Life and the Manly Pavilion. While it has already been established that the aquarium will be demolished and the promenade widened to allow for outdoor dining, the finer points to the plan are yet to be established.

“This site will provide more public access and an opportunity to enjoy our spectacular Harbour. As the environmental assessments and detailed design continue, including to protect our precious local Little Penguin population, we want to hear from the community how we should recognise the thousands of years of history at this site.”

The community is here encouraged to provide feedback and share ideas on how Transport for NSW can recognise the historical importance at this site at manlycove@transport.nsw.gov.au

The current Sea Life site.
What the “Many Cove West” site will look like after the aquarium is gone

More information? 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our project team:

1800 770 973 (during business hours) manlycove@transport.nsw.gov.au nswroads.work/manly-cove

What about the new wharf?

Upgrades to Wharf 3, which is the major upgrade to the long-forgotten wharf closer to the Wharf Hotel, is still open for public exhibition. 

You can take a look at the plans here: https://caportal.com.au/tfnsw/manly-cove/wharf-3

Manly Wharf 3 before works are undertaken
Manly Wharf 3 before works are undertaken.

Minister Griffin said the wharf upgrade will provide improved amenities and accessibility for all customers using the wharf, including those with mobility needs, as well as deliver wet weather cover and additional public open space.

The upgrade of Manly Wharf 3 will be delivered under the Ferry Wharf Upgrade Program, which forms part of the Transport Access Program (TAP), a NSW Government-funded initiative to deliver safe, modern, and accessible public transport infrastructure across the state.

More information across the projects is available at nswroads.work/manly-cove

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