A project to transform Sydney Harbor’s transport hub, Circular Quay, into a tourist destination complete with green spaces, walkways and viewing platforms has been well received by local hotels.
Under plans unveiled by the NSW Government this week, ferry docks will be upgraded and part of the Cahill Freeway could be turned into a New York-style High Line.
The project aims to link the Royal Botanic Gardens with Observatory Park and Stargazer Lawns through “one of the world’s most breathtaking promenades and viewing platforms” as part of a vision to “create a city in a park”.
“For too long Circular Quay has failed to live up to its potential, but this plan will ensure Sydney has the gateway it deserves and better reflects the spectacular city we live in,” said Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transportation Minister Rob Stokes.
The government says A$216 million will be invested in the project as part of the 2022-23 budget, with the aim of making Circular Quay a ‘truly unique experience’ for visitors from overseas and around the world. Australia.
“This investment is a critical step in the revitalization of Circular Quay, which will ultimately see millions of tourism dollars flow back into local businesses as we build our way to a brighter economic future for NSW,” the premier said. of NSW, Dominic Perrottet.
According to ResortBrokers Director of New Developments and Hotels, Tim Crooks, the proposed improvements will see the area established as a destination in itself rather than seen primarily as a convenient hub.
“Creating new experiences for visitors, including providing better views of Sydney’s iconic skyline, will add immense value to Circular Quay as a tourist hotspot,” said Crooks.
“Brand-name hotels within walking distance, such as Four Seasons, Shangri-La and Pullman, will benefit from being close to the wharf on completion of the project, while hotels more widely distributed across Sydney’s CBD will also benefit from the benefits of strong rail, road and water transport links in place to the rest of the city.
Pier One Sydney Harbor general manager Kim Mahaffy agreed the project was good news for the company.
“The vision for a revitalized Circular Quay and High Line is one that supports connectivity and further showcases Sydney’s world-class harbor as a tourist destination: an enhanced positive experience for residents and visitors to Sydney,” Mahaffy said. SM.
“The creation of a vibrant quay is an essential part of the revitalization of the city and would be a fantastic initiative for businesses and the surrounding port experiences where many international visitors choose to stay.”
Neighboring Shangri-La Sydney also welcomed the news, saying it will improve the travel experience for holidaymakers and business travellers.
“The renewal of this area will reinvigorate one of Australia’s most loved and visited areas by domestic and international tourists and will further strengthen Sydney’s position as a global destination,” said the chief executive of Shangri- The Sydney, Philippe Kronberg. SM.
“The renewal project will add another stunning visual element to the spectacular panorama that guests will enjoy from the windows of our hotel.”
Even in the center of Sydney’s CBD, hotels stand to benefit from the renewal project.
Hilton Sydney General Manager Hayden Hughes praised the innovative efforts to develop the city experience.
“With convenient access to every area of the CBD via means of transport such as light rail, the Circular Quay renewal project can only add value to the CBD as a destination and will continue to build on the demand that we are currently experiencing,” Hughes said SM.