Waterfront sights in New South Wales
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Circular Quay is built around Sydney Cove and is considered by many to be the focal point of the city. The first European settlement in Australia grew around the Tank Stream, which now runs underground into the harbour here. For many years this was the shipping centre of Sydney, but it's now both a commuting hub and a recreational space.
Transport abounds - here you'll find ferry quays, a railway station and the Overseas Passenger Terminal. There are also harbour walkways, restaurants, buskers, parks and the Museum of Contemporary Art. And, of course, you can't miss the Sydney Opera House.
This section of Dawes Point waterfront was Sydney’s busiest before container shipping and the construction of new port facilities at Botany Bay. The last decade has seen the Federation-era wharves here gentrified beyond belief, morphing into luxury hotels, apartments, theatre spaces, power-boat marinas and restaurants.
The self-guided 1.6km Walsh Bay Heritage Walk starts at Pier 2 and leads you through 11 stops, with interesting plaques and directions urging you onwards; download a guide from the Walsh Bay website. Pier 4 houses the Wharf Theatre, home to the renowned Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre.
This waterfront was Sydney's busiest before the construction of new port facilities. Today, many wharves and warehouses around Dawes Point are in decay, though others have had the luxury waterfront apartment treatment. Wharf Theatre (also known as Pier 4) is home to the renowned Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre.