The finger wharves along Walsh Bay were once crowded with wool for export but they’ve since been transformed to become cutting-edge performance spaces, world class theatres, fantastic restaurants and cool bars. What’s more, the wharves are right on the edge of Sydney Harbour and enjoy stunning views.
Things to do
Explore this lively arts area on self-guided Walsh Bay Walks. The acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company took up official residence here in the 1980s. Other arts companies, including the Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre, had their headquarters here and will return after the redevelopment of the arts precinct is completed from 2020.
Across the road from the historic wharves is the Roslyn Packer Theatre, which hosts outstanding drama and dance performances from companies including the Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Check out the exhilarating events calendar for all performances, shows and festivals in Walsh Bay.
Eat and drink
You’ll never go hungry in Walsh Bay. The Gantry at the Pier One Sydney Hotel has stunning harbour views. The glass-walled Pier 8 cafe serves breakfast and lunch, and Walsh Bay Kitchen specialises in modern Chinese. Or walk up the stairway to Millers Point, where the beautifully restored Hotel Palisade offers panoramic views.
Getting and staying there
A great way to get to Walsh Bay is to walk around the foreshore from The Rocks and under the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge. Alternatively, walk along the splendid Barangaroo foreshore for enchanting inner harbour views. Pier One Sydney Harbour is a boutique hotel that’s situated almost underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge.