The Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) is leasing Honeysuckle’s iconic Lee Wharf A building.

Renamed The Wharf, the federation building fronts the Honeysuckle harbour promenade near University of Newcastle’s future city campus.

It was the site of Newcastle’s Maritime Museum for a decade until the Newcastle Maritime Museum Society (NMMS) voted to wind-up operations on 21 May 2018, due to the mounting cost of running the museum and a lack of volunteers.

The Wharf was built in 1910 in federation style and features high ceilings with exposed timber beams. It boasts a rich history, with uses including an immigration centre and a  storage shed for wool bales.

HCCDC and NSW Government made significant investment retaining the building’s heritage,  extensive repairs to the building’s foundations and harbour seawalls, and the original wharf deck was reinstated.

HCCDC Acting Chief Executive Valentina Misevska said that The Wharf should attract significant interest from local and national operators.

“HCCDC is seeking a tenant that can provide an attractive proposal that will create a drawcard for the area and complement other businesses within the Honeysuckle precinct,” said Ms Misevska.

“It isn’t often that you open up an opportunity for an operator to lease a beautiful harbourside heritage building with a north-facing waterfront deck overlooking a working harbour – I really expect the market to be excited by this.”

“The right tenant has the potential to not only create something unique, but also a new tourist destination for Newcastle,” said Ms Misevska.

The site is being offered for commercial lease by Commercial Collective. It comprises approximately 803 sq. meters of lettable floor space and a 922 sq/m external timber deck.

Calls for proposal close on Thursday 6 February 2020 at 5pm. Visit hccdc.nsw.gov.au/TheWharf for more information.