Last link in Sydney Harbour foreshore walk opens

Aerial view of a section of the walkway at Barangaroo Reserve. Photo: Barangaroo/Facebook.

By DAMIEN NOVAK

An 11-kilometre harbourside walk from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge is now complete, after the last piece of the link in the scenic harbour foreshore walk opened. 

Announcing the opening of the 300-metre-long final piece of the walkway at Barangaroo yesterday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hailed it as as a sign that the once neglected and inaccessible area had been transformed. 

“I am excited to open this stunning new foreshore walk in Barangaroo, which not only connects the natural surroundings of Barangaroo Reserve with the business district of Barangaroo South, but also completes the scenic walk along Sydney Harbour from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The walk is a beautiful 15-metre-wide, tree-lined boulevard on Sydney’s waterfront and will be used by cyclists, commuters and visitors every day. It is designed by award-winning landscape architect Peter Walker, who also designed the Barangaroo Reserve.”

NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the opening of the final part of the Barangaroo foreshore underscored the state government’s commitment to creating more public space in Sydney.

“In October last year, we opened Waterman’s Cove and today we make available another 300 metres of public space which runs alongside our world-famous harbour,” he said.

“The pandemic has showed us how vital public space is and with more people coming back into the CBD, we need more spaces like this one at Barangaroo.”

Eager to spruik the City of Sydney Council’s involvement, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore noted that council had contributed to the project by purchasing land at Pyrmont.

“Over the last two decades, the City and State Government have invested heavily in parks and public spaces on our harbour foreshore,” Ms Moore said.

“We bought the former water police land in 2005 to create Pirrama Park, and the State Government has created Barangaroo Reserve on our City’s western edge.”

The Lord Mayor said the foreshore walk would help establish the council’s Eora Journey – a series of curated Indigenous stories through Central Sydney.

At its centre will be Bara, a monument to the Eora people, on the Tarpeian Precinct Lawn above Dubbagullee (Bennelong Point).

The work by Waanyi artist Judy Watson will feature a towering giant “bara” – the fish hooks crafted and used by Gadigal women for thousands of generations.