Walsh Bay, Sydney, Australia

 

Walsh Bay, just like the Finger Wharf on Woolloomooloo Bay, is going through a period of redevelopment. The Australian Government’s aim

is to rehabilitate and reinvent this 17 hectares of prime waterfront land

into a residential, cultural, retail, commercial, and public area.

Declared by the City of Sydney as a heritage site, Walsh Bay is being given special treatment in order to preserve its historical value to its local residents and visitors alike. It is considered the largest revitalization project in the City of Sydney yet.

 

Walsh Bay in History:

  • 1820s – A very enterprising trader from the South Seas built the
    first wharf at beautiful area in Port Jackson called Walsh Bay to accommodate trade ships entering and exiting Sydney Harbour. This started Walsh Bay’s reputation as a commercial port and soon it became a hive for maritime activities.

Walsh Bay, Sydney, Australia

 

The first jetties built at Walsh Bay fell into disrepair quickly and these were soon demolished and new ones were built in its place.

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.