Looking to escape the office cubicle for an hour, or in town and looking for the best Sydney has to offer? Barangaroo is a must-see, stocked with some of Sydney’s best restaurants, shopping, culture and beautiful views.
Explore its Location, History & Culture
Aboriginal occupation in the area dates back to 6,000 years as it was the perfect place to fish and collect shellfish. After European colonisation, it 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.
Barangaroo is one of only 19 projects around the world chosen to participate in the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development Program, committed to the delivery of a carbon-neutral precinct. This means all emissions from energy consumption, water use, waste generation and other on-site emissions sources are accounted for and offset to zero, making it soon Australia’s first climate positive precinct of this size.
This vibrant area is named after a powerful 18th-century Aboriginal woman who was an interlocutor with Governor Arthur Phillip, the captain of the First Fleet which arrived in 1788.
Have a Picnic in Barangaroo Reserve
This landscaped park with 75,000 native trees and shrubs and thousands of sandstone blocks, is located at the northern end of Barangaroo, adjacent to Walsh Bay and Millers Point, a short walk from The Rocks.
Barangaroo Reserve is the perfect spot for a harbourside picnic or a walk around Nawi Cove.
The enthralling Blak Markets, which includes indigenous arts and craft stalls plus traditional Aboriginal dance performances, is held once a quarter.
Most sandstone blocks were extracted on-site to create the cavernous Cutaway, an art, performance and festival space that is located underneath the headland.
Dine and Shop Until You Drop
At the southern end, in Barangaroo South, you’ll find one of Sydney’s hottest dining and shopping precincts among gleaming towers that 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 including a stunning rooftop bar with water views.
Barangaroo is due for completion in 2021 and will include the six-star Crown Sydney Resort Hotel and casino.
Accommodation Near Barangaroo
Barangaroo is fantastic for a day or a night out, but if you want to stay somewhere with more of a local energy and doubles as a base to explore the rest of Sydney, look no further than Potts Point.
Transport Options from our hotels in Potts Point Sydney:
- 15-minute train ride (Kings Cross Station) and 5-minute walk
- 30-minute walk from The Bayswater Sydney (Potts Point)
- 10-minute car trip