Charles Street Square Upgrade

The City of Parramatta is upgrading Charles Street Square, Parramatta Quay. The vision for the precinct is to create a welcoming public space that connects people to Parramatta’s unique stories. Charles Street Square will offer a distinctive arrival for ferry passengers, and easy-to-navigate accessible connections from the riverfront to the City.

Following extensive community consultation throughout 2020, construction of a flood-resilient and sustainable public square is just about complete. The design focuses on accessibility and encourages visitors to move from the riverbank to the City’s edge and explore four distinct gathering places within the site: the Riverfront Walk, River Amphitheatre, Garden Terrace and Public Square. Visitors are now able to enjoy views over the Quay from under the shade of trees or meet for special events and public celebrations.

Within the new Charles Street Square is a layer of cultural interpretation and a significant public art piece which seeks to provide visitors with insights into Country, the river and landscape, and the people and events that have shaped our City over time.

September 2023 Project Update

Charles Street Square – open (unofficially!)

Charles Street Square is finally here. There are a few minor works to be completed, including our ferry kiosk, but residents and visitors can now enjoy the new-look Parramatta Quay including the riverfront walk, a ferry arrival and departure area with seating, a garden terrace and more.

Ramps and stairs now allow for easier connections between the Parramatta River and the CBD, and universal design principles mean everyone can enjoy.

The public art piece planned for Charles Street Square is scheduled to be installed in mid-2024.

Charles Street Square will officially open in October – dates to be confirmed.

Before and After