Place names

The historical importance of Barangaroo, both in Aboriginal culture and Sydney's maritime heritage, is reflected in the names used in this landmark urban redevelopment. 

The comprehensive selection process for place names at Barangaroo reflects the rich history and geographical importance of this landmark site. 

During the development phase of the project, the former Barangaroo Delivery Authority, consulted with key stakeholders including the City of Sydney, the NSW Geographical Names Board, the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council. The public were invited to contribute via an online poll and a competition. 

Historically, Barangaroo was a powerful Cammeraygal woman and a key figure in local Aboriginal culture and community during the early colonisation of Australia. Selected from some 1,600 entries submitted to a State-wide naming competition in 2006, the name Barangaroo was officially announced in 2007.

Wulugul Walk
Wulugul is the Sydney Aboriginal word for kingfish, common to Sydney Harbour. More than two kilometres long, this foreshore walk is defined by the long stretch of golden sandstone against the glistening blue of Sydney Harbour, similar to the kingfish, which is distinguished by a golden band on blue-green skin.

Nawi Cove
Nawi is the Sydney Aboriginal word for bark canoe. 

Marrinawi Cove
Marrinawi is the Sydney Aboriginal word for large canoe, and was used to describe the vessels of the First Fleet into Sydney Harbour.

Stargazer Lawn
Dual meaning, a stargazer is a fish that lives in Sydney Harbour and also pays homage to the nearby stargazing at Sydney Observatory.

Scotch Row
This pedestrian laneway celebrates the area once known as Scotch Row, home to master stonemasons who helped to build Sydney, including the famous Millers Point pubs, the Hero of Waterloo and The Lord Nelson.

The Cutaway
The Cutaway is a super-sized, concrete venue space beneath the landscaping of the recreated headland at Barangaroo Reserve. 

Walumil Lawns
Walumil is the Sydney Aboriginal word for the Port Jackson Shark, common to the Harbour waters that can be viewed from these rolling lawns.

Girra Girra Steps
Girra Girra is the Sydney Aboriginal word for sea gulls or fishing gulls that converge on the Barangaroo Reserve steps daily.

Burrawang Steps
Burrawang is the Sydney Aboriginal word for the cycad, a locally grown plant that typically survives for more than a century and represents the longevity of Barangaroo. The seeds of the cycad were an important source of starch for the Gadigal and the early settlers.

Baludarri Steps
Baludarri is the Sydney Aboriginal word for leatherjacket, a fish common to Sydney Harbour.

Dukes Pier
Located within Nawi Cove, Dukes Pier is named in recognition of a wharf on the original headland of Millers Point and acknowledges the nearby city streets named for the English Dukes of Sussex, Kent, Clarence and York.

Rowntrees Dock
Located within Nawi Cove, Rowntrees Dock recognises the large 19th century wharf by the name of Rowntrees Floating Dock that was once located at this site.

Exchange Place
Historically, the exchange of goods, ideas and people took place on the site of Exchange Place, the main plaza in the retail and dining precinct. 

Watermans Quay
Historically, watermen were integral to the movement of people on Sydney Harbour, providing transport for passengers to ships at anchor.

Shipwright Walk
The name of this pedestrian laneway acknowledges the maritime and shipbuilding history of the area.

Napoleon Bridge
Napoleon is the name given to the bridge that crosses Hickson Road and runs adjacent to Napoleon Street.

The Hungry Mile
This includes the section of Hickson Road between Munn Street overbridge and the Napoleon Street intersection in the suburbs of Barangaroo and Millers Point. Colloquially, The Hungry Mile was the name given to the area during the Great Depression of the 1930s, where people struggled to find employment on the wharves.


Barangaroo the Woman

Barangaroo was a leader of her community, remembered through the generations as a defender of her culture and tradition.

Barangaroo PrecinctBarangaroo Precinct


Learn about the rich history of the land where Barangaroo is today.

Aboriginal Culture

Barangaroo honours Australia's shared history and rich Aboriginal culture.