An arts & culture guide to Walsh Bay

Walsh Bay is Sydney's arts precinct. See performances from Australia’s finest actors and dancers which span classic and original plays as well as modern and contemporary dance. An added bonus is that the stages are housed in heritage-listed finger wharves right on splendid Sydney Harbour.




The Sydney Theatre Company, Australia’s premier theatre group, leads this acclaimed performing arts scene. Its annual program attracts a worldwide audience thanks to the calibre of stars who perform, including Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Rebel Wilson and Hugo Weaving.

The Roslyn Packer Theatre and The Wharf Theatres are contemporary venues that host a range of Australian and international theatre and dance. The Australian Theatre for Young People, which trained Rose Byrne, puts on a stellar annual program. Explore the theatres and wharves on free self-guided tours and see outdoor sculptures, including Jimmie Durham's Still Life With Stone and Car and Brett Whiteley's Black Totem II.


The Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre, an internationally renowned indigenous dance company that brings Dreamtime stories to life, both have headquarters at Walsh Bay and will return once the redevelopment of the wharves is complete. In the meantime, they still perform at the Roslyn Packer Theatre.

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Kathy Balngayngu Marika in Barangaroo, Sydney City

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Barangaroo

Events & exhibitions

Check out the exciting Walsh Bay events calendar for world-class performances as well as festivals and art exhibitions that are staged throughout the year, including colourful exhibits during the annual Vivid Sydney. To learn more about the neighbourhood, take one of the self-guided Walsh Bay Walks, which cover heritage, theatre and sculpture.

Ephemeral Oceanic light installation at Vivid Sydney 2022, Walsh Bay

Ephemeral Oceanic light installation at Vivid Sydney 2022, Walsh Bay

Must-see shows at Walsh Bay