Concepts and Design


The Sydney Harbour’s North Shore Line was built in two stages:

  1. Opened in 1890 connecting Hornsby on the Sydney to Brisbane rail line to St Leonards and
  2. Opened in 1893 connecting St Leonards via Waverton to Milsons Point on the east shore of Lavender Bay on the shore opposite Circular Quay.

It was built as part of a plan to open up the harbour’s north shore:

  • first for trade (taking goods up-line to Hornsby) and
  • then for commuters (taking people down-line to the city and up-line to their homes). 

The Lavender Bay terminus was a transfer point for commuters connecting between trains and ferries. With the opening of the Bridge in 1932 it became obsolete.

High Line Concepts

The Waverton to Lavender Bay section (just short of Milsons Point):

  • is 3.3km long;
  • runs through a 310 metre tunnel;
  • ends in a harbour fronting 2 hectare field;
  • passes and will link:
  • Ball’s Head Reserve (and the coal loader),
  • Waverton Park,
  • Sawmillers Reserve,
  • Wendy’s “secret” Garden,
  • Lavender Bay Parklands and
  • Harry’s Park
  • Luna Park,
  • the Olympic Pool,
  • the Harbour Bridge,


In 2017 the Premier gave:

an iron clad guarantee that a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will never sell off the land and ensure it remains a community asset in the event it is not needed for railway use,

In June 2017 a representative of the Minister for Transport, responsible for Sydney Trains, the “owner” of the line advised:

I can confirm that the Minister and Sydney Trains have agreed that work to create a walking path along the Lavender Bar Spur can commence on the side where tracks have been removed, before the active rail line is closed on the other side of the spur.

In April, 2018 Ms Wilson advised:

an iron clad agreement with the Premier Gladys Berejiklian that the line will stay in public hands and be used as a recreation area.

Only two actions are needed to get the project underway:

  1. Sydney Trains to approve a Environmental Application to be lodged with North Sydney Council.
  2. The NSW Government to provide funding


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