Welcome to Honeysuckle, the Hunter’s premier waterfront playground, where the glistening harbour meets the bustling city.

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Welcome to Honeysuckle, a vibrant waterfront playground where the harbour meets the city.

Honeysuckle has opened up the harbour to Newcastle. It is a lively community where people can live, work and play. Honeysuckle has inviting cafes, world-class restaurants and hotels, extensive public spaces and a spectacular marina and yacht club. Apartments and townhouses are home to many Honeysuckle residents and the area is also the location for many major corporate organisations and businesses.

The 50-hectare site hugs five kilometres of harbour front with a promenade stretching along the waterfront, where people can walk, run, ride or skate its entire length. The promenade runs from the stunning mangrove boardwalks near the Carrington Precinct past the Crowne Plaza and Breakwater Apartments, linking up with the remaining foreshore to the historic breakwall guarded by Nobbys Lighthouse; in all over seven kilometres long.

Along the way people can explore all that Honeysuckle has to offer. 

The Honeysuckle Project, which is 80 per cent complete, is Hunter Development Corporation’s (HDC) signature project. Established in 1992, HDC is a NSW State Government organisation responsible for turning Honeysuckle into its current thriving, alive community along the harbour.

The Honeysuckle urban renewal project was the product of the joint Commonwealth/State Building Better Cities (BBC) program which provided the initial $100M in funding and impetus for the revitalisation of the 52 hectare harbourside precinct.

Since its commencement in 1992, the project has generated $2.05 billion in economic activity in the regional economy.

Some of the benefits of the Honeysuckle project include:

  • Re-development of 38 hectares of dilapidated and unused land

  • Remediation of 43 hectares of contaminated land and waterways

  • Extensive repairs carried out to several kilometres of seawalls

  • The construction of 69,000 square metres of commercial and retail floor space

  • $267.7 million in public sector investment has generated of $767.7 million in direct private sector investment and flow-on investment of $1.016 billion

  • The generation of 7,300 full time jobs

  • The construction of office accommodation for over 2,500 employees

  • The construction of homes for 2,200 people

  • The relocation of port activities from Throsby to the Basin contributing to the productivity of the port and enabling the development of a cruise ship industry

  • The relocation and expansion of the fisherman’s cooperative

  • Growth in the inner city housing market and surrounding suburbs

  • The provision of essential infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water, power, telecommunications and drainage

  • The provision of 170 public housing units

  • The provision of 13 hectares of quality public open space

  • The restoration of eight important heritage buildings and their adaptive re-use

  • The provision of public waterfront access and tourism facilities such as the Lee Wharf Pontoon and Harbour Square Boat Dock, which are used as a base for harbour and whale watching tours.

  • Investment in public art and placemaking initiatives such as the L!vesites program of free public events

HDC continues to contribute to the revitalisation of the City of Newcastle by creating jobs, stimulating investment and attracting people to the city.

HDC will continue to develop the remaining Honeysuckle sites at Cottage Creek, Throsby Wharf/Wickham and Lee Wharf to complement the wider Newcastle city centre urban renewal program consistent with planned transport changes in the city centre.

To view HDC's interpretive trail of Honeysuckle click here.

Linwood is a residential community, featuring architect-designed homes set alongside four hectares of foreshore parkland along the water’s edge. Visitors can sit under the shade of the majestic fig trees and take in The Beacon public art. Stop for casual café food at The Source Café and take the path along Throsby Creek to neighbouring Tighes Hill. Alternatively, take the foreshore promenade east in an attractive, continuous link from Throsby Creek around the harbour to Nobbys Headland.
The restored Cowper Street Bridge leads into Carrington, an historic village with a modern vibe. Wander around the famous mangrove boardwalk to Linwood, or picnic in the landscaped foreshore park that features beautiful public art. Taking a stroll along the foreshore Promenade is another way to take in the beauty of Carrington and its harbourside location.
The Marina Precinct is alive with action and beauty and is the place to start your harbour adventures. The area is a lovely place to sit and soak up the workings of the busy harbour, or to watch the sun set as the fishing trawlers come in to unload their catch at the end of the day. If you are keen to drop a line in the water, there’s a spot waiting for you on the boardwalk under the bridge. Or enjoy a picnic on the waterfront with some of the freshest seafood from the Fishermans Co-op or local cafes. If you like to be waited on, there are award-winning restaurants with spectacular water views to whet your appetite. The Marina Precinct is also the place to access sailing classes or harbour cruises. Harbour cruises also leave from Lee Wharf in the Honeysuckle Precinct.
This precinct is a place to take in some of the history of Honeysuckle, with the Tree of Knowledge Park boasting one of the area’s oldest and most historic fig trees, as well as a tribute to Henry Lawson, who spent time at the nearby Wickham School of Arts. In this precinct HDC restored the heritage listed Wickham Public School, created the Tree of Knowledge Park and built affordable housing units..
Cottage Creek is the commercial hub of Honeysuckle. It includes commercial headquarters for Hunter Water, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sparke Helmore, NIB, GHD and more. The creek itself is an urban waterway that creates a visual link between Newcastle’s city-west and the harbour. Here you can take in the view to Nobbys Headland in the distance along Honeysuckle Drive and look out for international cruise ships and navy vessels.
The Honeysuckle project area only takes in a small part of Hunter Street but features the impressive Hunter New England Community Health Centre and a community park, Kuwimi Place, next to it. The Honeysuckle project has also delivered The Cove residential apartments, the Ibis Hotel and the Riverwalk commercial building in this part of Hunter Street. The Corporation has also demolished all buildings on the former Empire Hotel site to make way for future redevelopment.
It’s all happening at Honeysuckle, and this precinct is overflowing with things to do and see and places to dine. Restaurants, cafes, public space, live entertainment, cultural activity and the Crowne Plaza Hotel make the Honeysuckle Precinct one of the best places in the city to meet friends and have a good time. Harbour Square is an area of wide open space where unique public art and an interactive water feature invite small hands and feet to play. The Lee Wharf development provides a mixture of lifestyle/retail shops, cafes, restaurants and residential apartments opening on to Worth Place Park and the foreshore promenade. The nearby Lee Wharf 'A' cargo shed features living history in the form of a world-class Maritime Centre while the Lee Wharf 'C' cargo shed now plays host to the Honeysuckle Hotel on the harbour. Whale watching tours leave from the Lee Wharf Pontoon during the whale watching season, and harbour cruises and fishing charters also leave from the pontoon all year round. Dining is a feature of this precinct and there are many restaurants and cafes along the Promenade featuring great views of the working harbour, many of them located in The Boardwalk and Lee Wharf buildings. They are also strategically placed so you can walk or cycle off that lunch or dinner! The city’s premier gym, Forum Harbourside, is a fusion of old and new, redefining exercise and wellness. The Centre is run by Newcastle University Sport and is a flagship fitness centre in Newcastle's inner city.

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