Located on Wharf Road, Queens Wharf incorporates an observation tower, marina, the wharf for the Stockton ferry (crossing the harbour on the ferry is a
pleasant 5 minute trip), a tavern, boutique brewery, cafe and restaurant. The observation tower is linked via a covered walkway to the city mall, and
offers excellent views up the Hunter River and across the city.
Queen Elizabeth II opened Queens Wharf during her second visit to Newcastle in 1988. Developed as part of the Newcastle Foreshore redevelopment, the Queens Wharf project was the vision of Joy Cummings, who became Lord Mayor of Newcastle in 1974, the first woman ever to hold such a position in Australia.
Queens Wharf is one of the many excellent starting (or finishing) points for self-directed walks around Newcastle. The Queens Wharf Tower is also the official start/finish of the Great North Walk which connects Newcastle and Sydney.