Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

New lifts and balconies at Wharf 4/5, Image: Arthur Vay

New lifts and balconies at Wharf 4/5, Image: Arthur Vay

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is a much-loved Sydney destination and home to some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies.

The NSW Government announced the completion of Wharf 4/5 of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct in December 2020. This milestone signals the return of six resident arts companies, with brand new theatres, rehearsal spaces, studios and administration facilities.

The revitalisation of Wharf 4/5 includes:

  • Brand new theatres, rehearsal spaces, studios and administration facilities for all resident companies
  • New stairs, external lifts and balconies, which have been designed as a contemporary interpretation of the original gantries reflecting the precinct’s former industrial heritage
  • Refurbishments to the bar at the end of the Wharf, including re-purposing heritage timber beams to create a new bar top
  • New commercial spaces and retail opportunities
  • Installation of around 900 solar panels greatly enhancing sustainability.

Performing arts companies residing at Wharf 4/5 include:

Construction at Walsh Bay

Infrastructure NSW continues to oversee construction on Pier 2/3 as scheduled. Richard Crookes Constructions has been appointed to deliver the project. For more information on construction at Pier 2/3, visit infrastructure.nsw.gov.au/walshbay.

Public access

Harbourside walkways around Wharf 4/5 are now open, with Pier 2/3 remaining closed due to ongoing construction.

Create Infrastructure commissioned artist, Jacob Nash, to produce the below staging diagram as a locally-inspired artwork to help navigate accessible harbourside walkways around Walsh Bay Arts Precinct during construction.

Pedestrian access at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Image: Jacob Nash

Pedestrian access at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Image: Jacob Nash

Getting to Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

15 Hickson Road, Dawes Point, NSW 2000

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is a brisk 15-minute walk from Circular Quay and Wynyard transport hubs.

Hickson Road is serviced by the 324 and 325 bus service or the 311 to Millers Point.

To plan your journey and check for service updates, please visit Transport NSW Trip Planner.

Pedestrian and cycle paths service Walsh Bay Arts Precinct from Barangaroo to Circular Quay. Public bicycle parking is available at Wharf 4/5.

 

Cycle and walk from Barangaroo to Walsh Bay 

 

Walk from Circular Quay to Walsh Bay

The Redevelopment

The redevelopment of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is a NSW Government project being led by Create Infrastructure, supported by Infrastructure NSW.

Create Infrastructure maintains responsibility for the strategic and design outcomes, stakeholder relations and managing the precinct operations. As stewards of the redeveloped Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Create Infrastructure will manage this dynamic creative hub to foster opportunities for artistic creation and collaboration, and festivals and events for public enjoyment.

Infrastructure NSW is overseeing delivery of the project and Richard Crookes Constructions are the Managing Contractor.

Award winning architectural firm Tonkin Zulaikah Greer (TZG), was appointed in March 2016 as the project architects. TZG is working with Create NSW arts tenants during construction, with Hassell delivering Sydney Theatre Company’s new tenancy.

Once complete, the revitalised Walsh Bay Arts precinct will be home to an expanded group of prestigious companies: Sydney Theatre Company; Sydney Dance Company; Bangarra Dance Theatre; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Gondwana Choirs; The Song Company; Bell Shakespeare, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Theatre for Young People.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct aerial harbour view of Wharf 4-5 and Pier 2-3.

Heritage at Walsh Bay

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct redevelopment not only celebrates the unique heritage value of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5, but also commits to their preservation. Heritage fabric has been carefully protected during construction and substantial remediation works have been undertaken to repair and preserve these heritage-listed buildings.

The Walsh Bay Wharves were constructed in the 1920s and considered the ‘jewel in the crown’ of extensive harbour-side redevelopment in Sydney. They were thought highly-innovative structures and subsequently catered to international shipping for many years.

In 1983 the precinct was reinvigorated and became home to Sydney Theatre Company. This latest redevelopment will restore the industrial character of the wharves while also creating new and enhanced facilities to support arts and cultural performances and events.

Contact us

If you have any questions, feedback or complaints about Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, please see frequently asked questions (link to FAQs pdf) or email walshbayartsprecinct@create.nsw.gov.au.

If you have queries or issues relating to construction at Pier 2/3 please email walshbayinfo@infrastructure.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 717 648.

Downloads and information

Conditions of Consent

Wharf 4/5 construction factsheet

Images 2: New lifts and balconies at Wharf 4/5. Image: Arthur Vay.
Image 2: Pedestrian access at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. Image: Jacob Nash.
Share options
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email
  • Add to favorites
  • LinkedIn