jetties built at Walsh Bay fell into disrepair quickly and
these were soon demolished and new ones were built in its
This occurred several times in the 1800s.
1910-1920 – The timber
wharves seen today were built around this time.
1970s – Walsh Bay as a
commercial port ceased operations. This led to its
deterioration and near abandonment.
August 20, 1998 – Approval
was given for the rehabilitation of Walsh Bay but no
real action was taken towards this goal.
May 1999 – An Act of
Parliament pushed for the rehabilitation of Walsh Bay
and real work to this effect started.
Walsh Bay’s commercial value
is fast becoming one of the highest in Sydney. Since
rehabilitation work started, it has become one of the most
sought after addresses in Sydney City. It has become very a
very popular area for both locals and visitors alike.The rehabilitation plan for
Walsh Bay includes two very large parks and open space.
Lush, green landscaping is a major part of the plan as well
as more than adequate lighting. Since it is a heritage
listed site, the remnants of the past have been preserved
and have been strategically placed for the enjoyment of all.
The City of Sydney, Heritage
Council of New South Wales, and the Department of
Infrastructure, Planning and Resources are working closely
with local residents for the improvement of Walsh Bay. All
major decisions pass through consultations and dialogues
among the concerned parties. The City of Sydney is very
careful about its heritage and steps are taken to preserve
these relics of Sydney’s colonial past. Places like Walsh
Bay are a part of this heritage and its revitalization is
given careful consideration by its government.