Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct

Sydney Writers’ Festival, 2014. Photo: Jamie Williams

The rejuvenation of the Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct (WBACP) into a fresh cultural and creative hub is a priority infrastructure project for the NSW Government.

The WBACP comprises of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 and is located within a unique heritage setting on world class Sydney Harbour. The proposal will create a public arts and cultural hub on Sydney’s famous waterfront, while preserving its iconic heritage.

It includes creating new arts facilities and performance venues in Pier 2/3 which is currently underutilised, and refurbishing facilities in Wharf 4/5. Pier 2/3 is the last remaining undeveloped wharf in Sydney and is used for arts, cultural and creative purposes.

Wharf 4/5 is a major arts facility within the precinct with a strong focus on theatre and dance. Existing facilities include:

  • Three theatres
  • Dance performance space
  • Dance studios
  • Rehearsal workshop spaces
  • Café, bar, and restaurant.

About the proposal

The WBACP proposal covers construction work along with plans for new commercial and event uses.

The detailed scope of the application includes:

Pier 2/3

Wharf 4/5

At this stage, the Waterfront Square is not being considered, and does not form part of this State Significant Development Application.

Bangarra at Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct

Bangarra Dance Theatre at Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct


The rejuvenation of the WBACP is being led by the Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office (CIMPO) – Arts, Screen & Culture (formerly Arts NSW) and supported by Infrastructure NSW (INSW). CIPMO maintains responsibility for the strategic and design outcomes and managing stakeholder and community relations, while INSW is responsible for preparing the State Significant Development Application (SSDA) and ensuring the project is delivered in a timely manner.

Award winning architectural firm Tonkin Zulaikah Greer (TZG), who have also worked on the refurbishment of Customs House, Carriageworks and the Sydney Opera House renewal, was appointed in March 2016 and the project architects. TZG is working closely with CIPMO and the arts tenants during the refinement of the design.

Current status

The public exhibition process for Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct SSDA finished on Friday 24 November 2017.

Infrastructure NSW, on behalf of Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office will now review the submissions received and prepare a Response to Submissions report which will be submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment to inform their assessment.

Contact us

To speak to a member of the project team, please contact us on:

Phone: 1800 960 550

Email: walshbayprecinct@arts.nsw.gov.au

Downloads and more information

Download the Community Information – About

Download the Community Information – Noise, Traffic and Construction Management

Download the Media Release (26 October 2017)

Download the Media Release (30 June 2017)

Download the Media Release (5 April 2017)

Download the Media Release (16 November 2016)

Download the Media Release (17 March 2016)

Download the Media Release (23 June 2015)

Download the Media Release (21 May 2015)

Download the Walsh Bay Vision Report (2012)

Download the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct Master Plan (2013)

Download the Concept State Significant Development Application

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