Newcastle Hydraulic Engine House

Newcastle Hydraulic Engine House

Port of Newcastle is proud to be the custodian of the historic Hydraulic Engine House. 

Built in 1877, the building housed the first large scale hydraulic power system to be established in Australia, providing power for the original coal loading cranes.

An additional $850,000 will be invested into the ongoing restoration of the building, with works to restore the northern, eastern and western façades have recently commenced. It follows completion of a $1.2 million project in 2020 to restore the southern façade of the heritage-listed sandstone and masonry building and create a new public plaza celebrating its significance and history.

The first phase of work was possible thanks to $500,000 of funding from the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund, administered by the NSW Government.

With a generous contribution from the NSW Government, we have restored the southern façade and created a new community space so people can enjoy the grounds of this picturesque building after a long period closed off to the public.

Craig Carmody, Port of Newcastle CEO


If you have any questions, please contact Port of Newcastle's Corporate Affairs Team
Phone: +61 2 4908 8200 Email: