Past, Present & Future

Barangaroo is one of Sydney’s most intriguing cultural destinations with 7,000+ years of history. Discovering the area’s fascinating past is one of the best things to do in Sydney.

Barangaroo was named after Barangaroo, the Cammeraygal woman, a  powerful and influential female leader of the Eora Nation. The Traditional Custodians, the Gadigal, used this land for hunting, the harbour for fishing, canoeing and swimming, and the foreshore as a place of congregation.

At the turn of the 21st century, Barangaroo, Sydney was a disused container terminal – a physical barrier to the Western Harbour. Today, it is a dynamic cultural, residential, business and civic hub, home to some of the best things to do in Sydney. 

Central Barangaroo is the last part of the precinct to be delivered. It will become the cultural and civic heart of the precinct, linking the naturalistic headland of Barangaroo Reserve and the urban environment of Barangaroo South.

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About Barangaroo

Learn more about Barangaroo the woman, the history, place names and the native landscape around Sydney Harbour.


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

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The re-imagined landscape of Barangaroo provides the only truly native flora experience around Sydny Harbour.

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The Place

Dive into the history of Barangaroo. Be part of the future of this remarkable reclamation of Sydney’s western waterfront.

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Learn about Barangaroo’s history and future. Find out why Barangaroo got its name and discover the long First Nations history of the area.

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Place names

The threads of Barangaroo's history and stories can be found in the names of its places and streets.

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Building Barangaroo

This is the story of building Barangaroo into one of Sydney’s most vibrant and sustainable precincts.

Central Barangaroo

Central Barangaroo will be the final piece in the Barangaroo puzzle and the area’s community and civic heart.

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Barangaroo Reserve

Barangaroo Reserve is a 6 hectare natural headland with lookouts, walking and cycling trails, idyllic coves, swimming and picnic spots and places to relax.

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Modification 9

As the Central Barangaroo Developer, Aqualand have developed a concept plan which required changes to the approved Barangaroo Concept Plan. Public exhibition of the RTS has now closed

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Harbour Park

At the heart of Central Barangaroo is the Harbour Park. Measuring 1.85 hectares in size, it will be a place for everyone to gather on Sydney’s foreshore.

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The Cutaway project

The Cutaway is a Barangaroo events and cultural space carved from the sandstone underneath Barangaroo Reserve. Find out more about one of Sydney’s unique event spaces. 

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Marrinawi Cove

The NSW Government has opened a new enclosure for bathers and swimmers at Marrinawi Cove, at the northern end of Barangaroo Reserve, as a way to revive swimming in Sydney’s famous harbour waters. 

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Barangaroo South

Barangaroo South, a dynamic commercial, retail and residential precinct, evolved from a former gasworks site.

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Pier Pavilion

A new iconic landmark is coming to Barangaroo South. This Barangaroo event and public space will feature a rooftop garden and a waterfront location.

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Hickson Park

Hickson Park is a public greenspace planted with trees and lush natives. One of the best spots in Sydney for a picnic, a quick work lunch or a little time in the sun. Find out more about how it was built.

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A 21st century transformation

Barangaroo is brought to life through a commitment to sustainability, public spaces, art and culture, design excellence and partnerships.

Art and culture

Barangaroo events, public art and cultural activations celebrate innovative works, historical significance and First Nations culture. 

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Design excellence

Established and emerging architects, landscape specialists, world-class construction companies and prestigious design competitions drive a philosophy of design excellence.

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Barangaroo is only possible through partnerships with development partners. 

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Public spaces

At least 50% of Barangaroo is public open space that everyone can access. 

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Barangaroo is sustainable today and for the future. It is carbon neutral and water positive, with zero waste emissions, and a place that contributes to community wellbeing. 

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The past meets the present at Barangaroo