MILLERS POINT / WALSH BAY At A Glance
Steeped in Indigenous, colonial and maritime history, Millers Point and Walsh Bay are vibrant cultural hubs that are renowned for being the epicentre of Sydney’s performing arts scene. There are repurposed dockyards, sandstone streetscapes, fine dining, historic pubs, and businesses pursuing scientific advancements and superb venues for the creative arts – all on the incredible expanse of Sydney Harbour.
Performing arts and the blending of the old and new on Sydney’s iconic harbour.
For cocktails with a killer view go to Henry Deane, but the Lord Nelson Hotel is full of history and character.
The time-ball tower at the Sydney Observatory has been dropping at 1pm daily since the 1850s.
Rich in culture and history, this pocket of Sydney has undergone a transformation. At every turn, modernism meets colonialism, creating the striking contrasts that are characteristic of Millers Point and Walsh Bay.
On Sydney Harbour, wharves that still boast original structures have been converted into multi-purpose spaces. You’ll find commercial businesses, boutique apartments, fine dining, intimate cafés and performing arts centres.
Represented in this thriving arts precinct are the Sydney Theatre Company, the Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Philharmonia Choir as well as smaller companies which cater to emerging artists. Each year the Sydney Writers’ Festival takes over many of these venues to present over 300 events that focus on the written word.
It’s a short walk from the creative scene along Hickson Road to the scientific realm of Sydney Observatory on Observatory Hill. Astronomy enthusiasts explore the wider universe in a historic building that is steeped in Australian scientific history. The National Trust Centre is nearby, occupying buildings that were used at various times as a military hospital and a school for girls. Throughout Millers Point you will find sandstone cottages and buildings that have stood the test of time, from private residences to public watering-holes to places of worship like St Brigid’s and The Garrison Church.
Locals have their pick of fine dining establishments and cocktail bars. Some of Sydney’s best chefs create multicultural cuisines paired with enviable wine and cocktail lists. For more laid-back fare there are pubs which dish up wholesome Aussie tucker.
If all that wasn’t enough, the highly anticipated suburb, Barangaroo, is being built next door with foreshore parklands that honour the area’s Indigenous and maritime history.
Historically, this part of Sydney was one of the very few places where the rich and poor lived side by side. This continues today, with affluent investors, homeowners and A-list celebrities buying into the apartments along Walsh Bay. Large parts of Millers Point are government-owned housing. These homes are now being sold to private buyers, and long-term residents are being forced to move out of the area.