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Deep Water Point Upgrade

Improvements are taking place at Deep Water Point that aim to enhance the recreational purposes of the area and still maintain and protect the natural environment.

Project Information

The upgrades include, change room renewal, cafe construction, a new playground, foreshore revetment works and a new boatramp. As part of the change room refurbishment, a Blue Level accredited Changing Place has been installed. Read information on the operating instructions for the new change table and ceiling hoist. Full instructions of use are also displayed within the Changing Place.

The Deep Water Point upgrades were identified in the Concept Plan for Deep Water Point following input from the community. We acknowledge that there will be some disruption at the site over this period and appreciate the understanding of the community during this time.

The City will endeavour to minimise the impact on people visiting the location by providing portable toilet facilities and ensuring the continuation of our food truck program on-site to ensure people can still enjoy the site.

Southern Swing Upgrade and New Picnic Area

Works have commenced on the southern swing upgrade and new picnic area at Deep Water Point, which includes five new swings, new soft-fall surfacing featuring accessible areas for people using wheelchairs, a new picnic table and seating areas, and the installation of a concrete path connecting the existing footpath to the accessible BBQ. As a result, the affected area will be closed until November 2018. This upgrade is in additional to the new playground to be installed north of Dome Café.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the works and appreciate your patience and understanding while we upgrade the area.

Boat Launching Facility Upgrade

Deep Water Point has received upgraded boat launching facilities.

The new facilities feature a boat ramp with two lanes, one for launching and one for retrieval; a finger jetty to allow for up to four boats to be berthed at any one time; and an improved approach to allow vehicles with trailers to better line up the lanes for reversing.

Construction has been completed and the boat ramp is open to the public.

The Point Walter boat ramp is now closed until February 2019 while it is being upgraded.


Changeroom RenewalCompleted
Cafe ConstructionCompleted
Foreshore Revetment WorksCompleted
Boat RampCompleted
Southern Swing Upgrade & New Picnic AreaOctober to December 2018
Northern Play EquipmentLate 2018

*Please note these dates may be subject to change

Contact Details

Boat Ramp ContactIan Davis 9364 0691
Playground ContactJanine Ahola 9364 0893


Deep Water Point Reserve, The Esplanade, Mount Pleasant 6153 Get Directions

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s happening at Deep Water Point and why?

Since 2013 the City of Melville has been working to improve and enhance the recreational purposes of Deep Water Point for the community, while still maintaining and protecting the natural environment. A number of factors contributed to this:

  • The foreshore had high levels of erosion with severe loss of beach and was struggling to provide a recreational function
  • The current café facility (café now closed) and adjacent toilets had become unfit for use
  • The café facility faces away from the river so does not optimise the use of the surrounding space and views. This offers a substantial opportunity to upgrade the facility and create a unique destination
  • There are also issues with the boat ramp having reached the end of its useful life, and a community demand for a finger jetty.
Did the community have a chance to give their feedback?

In 2013, the City developed a draft Concept Plan for the upgrade of Deep Water Point to address the issue of river foreshore erosion, create a new jetty and café, and to improve the playground, boat ramp, parking and park furniture.

The idea of the Concept Plan was to present some initial ideas for the upgrade that would allow the community to provide feedback. The community was asked to provide feedback on opportunities and ideas to upgrade the site such as improving the café, updating facilities and better utilization of the surrounds by better positioning towards the river.

Specifically the community was asked:

  • What do you like about Deep Water Point?
  • What would you do to improve the area?
  • Have we overlooked anything so far?

In addition to a community BBQ held at Deep Water Point on Saturday, 9 November 2013, an online feedback option was also available to encourage and collect community feedback on the plan.

Following input from the community, a number of upgrades were identified in a Concept Plan for Deep Water Point and have now been planned for the site. In 2014, a new Deep Water Point jetty was opened. The original jetty had been closed to the public since 2011 due to its advanced age and many years of exposure to wind, sun and rain, causing the jetty to become unsafe.

In 2016, the City received $110,000 in grant funding from the Disability Services Commission for a specialised ‘changing place’ which will see the current change rooms converted to accessible public toilets, with the addition of a separate ‘Changing Place’ facility that will include a full sized change table and hoists. The upgrades will take place in stages and will include river foreshore erosion prevention, a new café and changing room facility, playground improvements, boat ramp, parking and park furniture.

Can I still enjoy and visit Deep Water Point?

The boat ramp will be closed during the upgrade, however all other facilities will be available.

Why a Dome cafe? Why not a small local business or two?

Dome Group was selected as a preferred proponent from the Public Request for Proposal (RFP 01/14) process. This was a process previously endorsed by Council and which the City undertook in February 2014, to seek submissions in relation to the redevelopment and operation of a new café facility at Deep Water Point Reserve.

Dome was the only proponent who outlined a plan to build and operate a café on the site and had a clear vision as to how the facility would benefit the community and provide amenity. Previous attempts for small businesses to lease and operate the café at Deep Water Point Reserve have been unsuccessful and it was difficult for the City to find a café operator that could meet both the community’s expectations and compliment this Deep Water Point site with all its potential.

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