Sculpture at Barangaroo, Sydney, New South Wales
The hottest place to be in Sydney this winter is Barangaroo – the new waterfront precinct near the city centre that’s not only arty but offers plenty of deliciousness too.
By Katrina Lobley
Published: 04 August, 2017
Snuggled between Sydney’s city centre and the harbour waterfront is a brand-new neighbourhood that is proving a feast for the senses this winter. Pop along to Barangaroo to see the outdoor sculpture exhibition before checking out the dozens of world-class dining options just down the road.
IT’S A SHORE THING
With its sunny climate and photogenic coastline, Australia is the perfect place to stage dazzling outdoor sculpture shows. Barangaroo – a 22ha waterfront precinct created in what was a disused shipping terminal – is the latest place you can admire the work of contemporary sculptors. After a successful debut in 2016, Sculpture at Barangaroo returns from 5-20 August. Wander among 14 sculptures strategically placed around Nawi Cove and Barangaroo Reserve to take advantage of the spectacular harbourside backdrop – the precinct is within sight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Five of the works were created specifically for this free exhibition, the rest selected by prominent Australian curator Geoffrey Edwards. Keep an eye out for artist Richard Tipping’s Kangooroo, which is sure to star in many photos.
AFTER THE ART
After you’ve worked up an appetite admiring the sculptures, head to Barangaroo’s buzzing dining precinct – home to 36 food and beverage outlets that range from the much-loved Sydney institution Bourke Street Bakery (try a great version of a rustic Australian pie from here) to love.fish (serving sustainable Australian seafood) and Shirt Bar (where you can order a tailored shirt and a whiskey at the same time). You can also order dishes from Anatolia (Anason), the Mediterranean (Banksii, Sydney’s first vermouth bar and bistro with a name that references the botanist Sir Joseph Banks), New Orleans (NOLA Smokehouse and Bar), Thailand (Muum Maam) and more. This month, several restaurants are participating in a charity fundraiser called Eats on the Streets. Events include unlimited dumpling feasts at Old Town Hong Kong (12, 19 and 26 August) and a fresh wasabi and truffle lunch at Zushi (26 August). Barangaroo is also channeling Milan (until 20 August) as a prelude to the Italian Wine and Food Festival (27 August) with venues adding goodies such as chocolate, gelato and Campari cocktails to their menus. To mark the occasion, the meandering path that lines the foreshore – Wulugul Walk – will be illuminated red on Thursday and Friday evenings.
SHOWPIECE RESTAURANT ON THE WAY
Barangaroo made global headlines when it housed a Noma pop-up restaurant in 2015, but the best is yet to come, since the precinct will unveil its showpiece restaurant later this year. Sydney architectural studio Collins and Turner has designed a strikingly sculptural three-level building that will stand alone at the southern end of the waterfront dining precinct. Celebrated Australian restaurateur Matt Moran will helm the venue, which will comprise a casual restaurant, a more formal dining space and a rooftop garden bar. Moran says: “We intend to deliver a truly Australian experience at this world-class waterfront venue.” Barangaroo is a four-minute walk from Wynyard Station and an easy stroll from Darling Harbour and King Street Wharf. You’d better get there, quick smart!
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