Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park – marking the transformation of one of the city’s oldest industrial sites into a spectacular, six-hectare headland open space for Sydneysiders and visitors to embrace and enjoy.
Using innovative, industry-first technology, a concrete container terminal has been imaginatively reborn as a naturalistic rocky outcrop, sensitively landscaped with more than 75,000 native trees and shrubs.
As well as providing never-seen-before views of the city’s iconic Harbour, Barangaroo Reserve features lookouts, extensive walking and cycling trails, idyllic coves, picnic spots and places for quiet contemplation.
The park also glories in unique rock pools created from the 10,000 blocks of honey-coloured sandstone excavated directly from the site during the project.
Barangaroo Reserve will also eventually boast a new cultural centre with one of the largest internal spaces in Australia, the Cutaway, providing huge potential for public recreation, as well as an underground 300-space car park operated by Wilson Parking.
Barangaroo Reserve was designed by leading Australian landscape architects Johnson Pilton Walker in association with US-based Peter Walker & Partners, following an international tender.
Their winning design juxtaposes the rugged, sandstone, pre-1836 shoreline of Sydney Harbour against the 21st Century skyline of the modern city.
After more than a century, the once-scarred promontory is now visually reunited with Goat Island and its sister headlands at Balls Head, McMahons Point and Ballast Point.
Named after Barangaroo, a Cammeraygal woman who was a powerful voice in the early days of colonial Sydney, the reserve is rich in Aboriginal and cultural history and remains an area of great significance for Australians across all cultures.
The planting program alone – replicating the vegetation before European settlement - is the most scientifically significant of its kind in central Sydney for decades.
There is free WiFi in the park for your enjoyment.