Walsh Bay


From working port to creative hub 

With a thriving history as a working-harbour port, Walsh Bay is today a hub for fine dining, creative theatre and dynamic performing arts companies. Discover a creative pulse within Walsh bay's historic piers, running from Pier One, situated next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to pier 6/7 further along the foreshore. 

  • Sydney theatre and dance company
  • Walsh Bay Night

About Walsh Bay

Walsh Bay has enjoyed a rich and varied history. From the early 1900s the area was a thriving sea port, complete with finger wharves and quarried hillsides. But it was when the Sydney Theatre Company took up residence in the 1970s that the area really came into its own, marking the beginning of its transformation into the arts and culture hub we see today. 

Also based here are the famed Sydney Dance Company and the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia's premier indigenous performing arts company. The Australian Theatre for Young People, which has trained names such as Rose Byrne and Rebel Wilson, is another mainstay of the Walsh Bay arts and culture scene.

Dining in Walsh Bay is a real treat. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants along the wharves – Pier One is home to The Gantry, an upmarket Modern Australian restaurant where carefully-curated produce is the star, with views and wine to match.

Explore Walsh Bay's heritage-listed wharves and quaint, historic streets to find secret stairways, warehouse conversions and open air sculptures. You can also sign up for a colonial maritime history walk and stroll through Circular Quay, Walsh Bay and Millers Point exploring the early days of Sydney Harbour's colonisation.

For pre or post-show eats, it’s hard to go past the ever-popular Cafe Sopra, with its classic and generous Italian blackboard menu. Another great place to grab a pre-show cocktail, complete with world-class view, is The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf

If you’re after a pint from a classic colonial pub, try the nearby Hero of Waterloo or the Lord Nelson Brewery, great sandstone establishments that both vie for the title of Australia’s oldest pub. 


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