Exploring Walsh Bay
Under the shadow of the towering Sydney Harbour Bridge and around the corner from The Rocks lies Walsh Bay and the heart of Sydney’s thriving performing arts scene. Stay by the sea, take in a show, join a dance class or simply soak up the views.
Sleeping, eating and drinking
Explore Walsh Bay’s heritage-listed wharves and quaint, historic streets to find steep secret stairways, warehouse conversions, open air sculptures and prestige pier apartments. Home to the city’s most famous theatres and dance companies, Walsh Bay is emerging as one of Sydney’s major cultural hubs.
Walsh Bay theatres attract audiences to some of Australia's most dynamic performing arts companies. The Sydney Theatre Company has Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton as the current artistic directors; also based here are the Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia's premier indigenous performing arts company. The Australian Theatre for Young People, which has trained the likes of Rose Byrne and Rebel Wilson, is also a respected part of the Walsh Bay arts and culture scene.
Want to catch a show and make a weekend of it? Book a room at the Sebel Pier One, a lovely boutique hotel with an authentic warehouse feel – some rooms have sliding doors so you can let the sea breezes in. While in the area, join a dance class at the Sydney Dance Company, take in the Walsh Bay Heritage Walk and Sculpture Walk, and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants along the wharves – Hickson Road and Ventuno are two local favourites.