Birubi Point Aboriginal Place Tourism Transport Interchange

Latest updates

Expected start monthExpected completion monthStatusBudgetContribution
May 2023February 2024In progress$1.3mInfographic showing 95% external funding 

Development of the Birubi Point Aboriginal Place Tourism Interchange includes:

  • construction of the centre
  • car parking area
  • landscaping

The proposed project at Birubi Point Aboriginal Place Tourism Transport Interchange involves a:

  • centralised tourist coach parking and tourism operator interchange
  • redesign of small vehicle parking spaces at Birubi Point Headland
  • areas for cultural heritage interpretation.
The purpose of the proposed investment

Parking: The transport interchange will remove large coaches and smaller tour buses from the main headland area. It's estimated that 10 coaches arrive at the existing location daily. Removal of the coaches from Birubi Point will have a positive impact on the site allowing more private vehicle parking and reduce gridlock caused by coaches dropping off and picking up tour participants.

Reduction in damage to areas of cultural significance: Removing coaches from the headland will reduce the impact on places of Aboriginal significance. Coaches are currently unloading visitors in areas where they may be required to walk across the protected areas of the Birubi Point Aboriginal Place.

Improve the visitor experience: The new transport interchange will provide an improved visitor experience including additional toilet facilities, all weather protection, multilingual signage and retail opportunities, such as souvenirs and additional tours.

Encourage additional investment: The development of the tourism transport interchange will be a catalyst for the development of surrounding sites. There are two key sites directly adjacent to the proposed interchange that are earmarked for development.

Image credit: Fabritecture

Key milestones/dates

  • Early Works: March/April 2022
  • Tender Release: May/June 2022
  • Award Contract: July 2022
  • Construction Commencement: July/August 2022
  • Project Completion: late 2022

Key stakeholders

  • Port Stephens Council
  • Worimi  LALC
  • Worimi Conservation Lands Board of Management
  • NSW Government
  • The Commonwealth of Australia – Represented by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Funding bodies

  • Restart NSW Fund - $5,447,819 (NSW Government)
  • Building Better Regions Fund - $4,024,787 (Commonwealth)
  • Port Stephens Council - $500,000