Originally, the wharfs at Walsh Bay were constructed as a response to the docking, storage and loading demands of the port of Sydney. This strategically located area is steeped in the history of Sydney. Ocean going vessels have used the port since the first settlement, whilst construction of the existing major piers and shore facilities took place during the early 1900s. Wharfs 1 and 1/5 were restored and re-developed as shops, restaurants and theatres in the 1980s.
The State Government and private sector have joined forces to redevelop the once bustling area. The master plan makes Walsh Bay one of Sydney's most dynamic cultural and recreational precincts, with a new residential and commercial district. Defining features of the development include:
- Conservation of Wharfs two and three as a cultural centre
- 1000 seat drama theatre on the site of Bond Store 4
- Public promenade along the water's edge
- Residential buildings on the area currently occupied by Wharfs 6 and 7
- Adaptive reuse of Wharfs 8 and 9 for a hotel, with finishes in keeping with the overall significance of the area
Walsh bay is directly adjacent to the Sydney CBD, making transport easy. From most parts of Walsh Bay, you can easily walk to Wynyard and Circular Quay stations, if youÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½re so inclined. You can also snare a taxi or a bus on Hickson Road, or else take advantage of the numerous transport options available from The Rocks .