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Visit Woolwich Dock and Parklands

Built in 1901 and used for ship repairs during both World Wars, Woolwich Dock is a massive sandstone dry dock on the Hunters Hill peninsula – the homeland of the Wallumedegal People.

In addition to being a working dock, the site also hosts a restaurant and function centre. Bordered by Goat Paddock and Horse Paddock – public parklands with striking views of Sydney Harbour – Woolwich Dock is located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers. For this reason, the Traditional Owners and Custodians refer to the area as Moocooboola, meaning ‘the meeting of the rivers’.

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Cost

Free Admission

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Hours
  • Open daily
  • Goat Paddock and the working dock are closed between sunset and sunrise.
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Transport
  • Car
  • Bus
  • Ferry
  • Private boat
  • Foot
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Location

Clarke Road, Woolwich, NSW 2110

 

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Plan Ahead

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By car: Woolwich Dock can be accessed via Woolwich Road and Franki Avenue.

By ferry and bus: The 538 bus service connects with the ferry service from Valentia Street Woolwich Wharf. For public transport information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

Private boat: Woolwich Dock features a jetty and pontoon, where people can pick up and drop off passengers by boat.

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There are several paid parking facilities nearby, including the Clarkes Point Reserve Carpark (access via Clarke Road) and the Horse Paddock Carpark (access via Margaret Street). Parking fees apply between 8am and 8pm daily. Woolwich Dock is accessible by wheelchair from Clarke Road while nearby Goat Paddock has steep inclines and stairs. Toilet facilities are located in the saw-tooth building at Woolwich Dock and in the Merrington Place carpark.

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In the event of an emergency, dial 000 or 112 if mobile reception is poor. Additionally, you can contact one of the rangers and security personnel who patrol nearby Cockatoo Island. To contact a ranger during an emergency, call 0434 652 153 (8am to 4pm daily). Alternatively, to contact a security officer, call 0433 632 791 (4 pm to 8 am daily).

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For your own safety, and to protect the site’s flora and fauna, please observe the following rules, enforceable by our rangers:

Conditions of entry: Do not go fishing or feed wildlife; do not litter or dump rubbish; do not camp overnight; do not erect gazebos or marquees (without a permit); do not operate remote-controlled vehicles (including drones); do not smoke on bush tracks, light fires or use portable barbeques; do not play amplified music (without a permit) or create excessive noise; do not undertake commercial activities (without a permit); do not hold private functions (without a permit); do not disturb plants, soil and rocks; do not ride bikes, skateboards or scooters on footpaths or walking tracks; and do not climb walls, fortifications, sculptures or cliffs.

What to Do

Enjoy a picnic

Pack a picnic and head to Horse Paddock or Goat Paddock for sweeping views of Sydney Harbour, including the Harbour Bridge, the CBD and Cockatoo Island.

Boat watch

Head to Woolwich Dock, the home of supermaxi yachts including Sydney to Hobart contenders, and watch as these vessels are lifted in and out of the water or pull in and out of port.

Eat And Drink

Deckhouse

A waterfront restaurant and function centre, located adjacent to Woolwich Dock, the Deckhouse represents an opportunity to enjoy an inspired menu together with stunning harbour views.

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History

Located in the country of the Wallumedegal People, Woolwich Dock is a maritime precinct steeped in history. After acquiring the land from pioneer settlers, the Atlas Engineering Company established a shipbuilding yard. When Atlas Engineering went into liquidation, the Morts Dock and Engineering Company transformed the site into a dry dock. Carved from 85,000 cubic meters of excavated sandstone, the dock was used during both World Wars to repair damaged vessels. Later, the Army used it as a base for their marine transport operations.

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