Walsh Bay


From working port to creative hub 

With a fascinating history as a harbour port, Walsh Bay is today a creative hub with dynamic performing arts, delicious restaurants and lively bars. Explore the historic piers near the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a heritage walk and see world-class theatre and dance.

  • Sydney theatre and dance company
  • Walsh Bay Night

About Walsh Bay

An enjoyable way to get to Walsh Bay and its heritage-listed finger wharves is to walk around the harbour foreshore from The Rocks and Circular Quay and under the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge. The finger wharves extend out into one of the world's great natural harbours.

The wharves, which were once crowded with wool for export, are home to performance spaces, theatre and dance companies, restaurants and bars as well as apartments, a marina and a hotel. The Sydney Theatre Company took up official residence in one of the restored wharves in the 1980s.

Other performing arts companies in Walsh Bay include the Sydney Dance Company and the Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed indigenous dance company. The Australian Theatre for Young People is here too and has trained stars such as Rose Byrne and Rebel Wilson.

A fun way to explore the wharves, historical streets and stairways, and warehouse conversions and outdoor sculptures, is on a heritage walk. Across the road from the wharves is the Roslyn Packer Theatre, which hosts outstanding drama and dance productions. Reserve your seats for an exhilarating performance in the Roslyn Packer Theatre or in one of venues on a finger wharf.

Dining in Walsh Bay is a treat, with a range of quality restaurants. The Gantry serves Modern Australian cuisine. Cafe Sopra, with its Italian blackboard menu, is popular too. For a cocktail before or after a show and splendid harbour views, visit the Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf. Or walk up a stairway to two of Australia’s oldest pubs, the Hero of Waterloo and the Lord Nelson Brewery.


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