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Barangaroo – what to see and do in this carbon-neutral precinct

Barangaroo is a must-see, stocked with some of Sydney’s newest and best restaurants, shopping, culture and iconic harbour views.

Explore its Location, History & Culture

Barangaroo is Sydney’s newest harbourside precinct located on the north-western edge of the Sydney CBD. It’s just around from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walk past Walsh Bay and follow Hickson Road along the old wharves from Piers 1-9 and you will reach the gates to Barangaroo Park, and the cavernous Cutaway built into the sandstone walls. It’s a destination for weekend markets, art and cultural events.

The harbour walk continues past many new and chic waterfront restaurants. Additionally, there are bar and cafes too. The workplace for many, including large bankers and finance industry companies who have moved from the CBD. Next to Barangaroo is King St Wharf, also home to many restaurants, bars and cafes. Eventually, keep walking along the foreshore and you will reach the Darling Harbour precinct. This is the home of ICC Sydney.

Aboriginal occupation in Barangaroo dates back 6,000 years as it was the perfect place to fish and collect shellfish. The area was famous for the fishing Eora women. Barangaroo was named after the Indigenous fisherwoman who was married to Bennelong. Bennelong famously ‘worked’ with Governor Arthur Phillip, to help build better relationships between the two cultures.

After European colonisation, the area rapidly became a pivotal maritime terminal. In 2003, the site went through a big urban renewal and now offers beautiful parklands for picnics or morning runs, waterfront restaurants, shopping and indigenous tours on 22 hectares.

Basically, Barangaroo is one of only 19 projects worldwide chosen to participate in the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development Program. The program commits to the delivery of a carbon-neutral precinct. All emissions from energy consumption, water use, waste generation and other on-site emissions sources are accounted for and offset to zero. Evidently, this is Australia’s first climate-positive precinct of this size.

Have a Picnic in Barangaroo Reserve

Barabgaroo Reserve is a landscaped park with beautiful native trees and shrubs shading the area and thousands of sandstone blocks to sit on that provide a natural picnic table. It is the perfect spot for a harbourside picnic or a walk around Nawi Cove. Most sandstone blocks were extracted on-site to create this cavernous Cutaway – an art, performance and festival space, located underneath the headland.

Look out for local markets at The Cutaway, to pick up Indigenous arts and crafts plus see traditional Aboriginal dance performances.

Heading to Barangaroo South, you’ll find one of Sydney’s hottest dining and shopping precincts. Stunning gleaming towers underscore Sydney as a key Asia Pacific financial centre.

The gem of this innovative and modern dining spot is Barangaroo House, a three-level award-winning building in charcoaled timber offering 3 restaurants with a stunning rooftop bar with water views.

Accommodation Near Barangaroo

Barangaroo is fantastic for a day or a night out, but if you want to stay somewhere with local energy that doubles as a base to explore the rest of Sydney, look no further than Randwick.

Our Sydney Lodges properties are perfectly located in Randwick with easy access to Barangaroo via the Sydney Light Rail system.




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