I love this beautiful city of Sydney. The city caters for people with all interests. Even in the midst of the Central Business District (CBD), one can experience walks along the harbour with spectacular views. One such walk is a walk from Darling Harbour to Barangaroo Reserve. It is an easy and relaxed walk that one can do during lunch time or after a long day of work.
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Darling Harbour is a harbour in Sydney CBD. It is a very lively place in Sydney where Sydneysiders flock to every weekend. Darling Harbour is famous for its restaurants and cafes along the harbour. For top things to do in Darling Harbour, refer my post 10 things to do in Darling Harbour.
The closest train station for Darling Harbour is Town Hall train station. There are frequent trains that travel between Sydney city train stations and Town Hall is one of them. For more information on public transport, refer the Transport for New South Wales (NSW) website.
Barangaroo Reserve is a waterfront park with walking and cycling trails. It is famous among the locals for pretty lookouts, picnic spots and exercise. Barangaroo is named after a powerful woman who lived in the area during the time of early colonial settlement. She was and is a key figure in the Aboriginal culture and community.
The closest train station to Barangaroo Reserve is Wynyard train station. There are frequent trains that go around the Sydney CBD and Wynyard is one of the main stations. For more information on public transport, refer the Transport for New South Wales (NSW) website.
Logistics of Darling Harbour to Barangaroo Reserve walk
- Starting point: Darling Harbour.
- Finishing point: Barangaroo Reserve.
- Total distance: 2.5 kilometres one way. I usually make this a return and do a complete 5 kilometres.
- Time required: 30 to 40 minutes one way.
- Grade: Easy. Flat along the waterfront.
Things to do along the way
Aboriginal Cultural Tours
One can take 1 hour 30 minutes aboriginal cultural tour in the Barangaroo Reserve. This is a great way to learn about the Aboriginal culture and traditions. The cost of the tour for an adult is AUD 36.30 and the tour can be booked on the Barangaroo website.
I have seen some awesome sunsets at Darling Harbour. The entire walk from Darling Harbour to Barangaroo Reserve is a great place to see fascinating and alluring sunsets.
The Darling Harbour to Barangaroo Reserve walk passes through some of the beautiful sculptures. The sculptures are unique and huge and make amazing backdrops for photographs.
Drink and dine
Barangaroo is filled with many cafes, bars and restaurants. It has some of the elite dining restaurants where one can spend an evening at. The suburb of Barangaroo also has some cute bars and pubs.
Ferry at Barangaroo
Another way to experience the harbour and the views of the Barangaroo Reserve is to take a ferry to or from Barangaroo Reserve to Circular Quay.
Safety for solo female travelers
Darling Harbour to Barangaroo Reserve walk is extremely safe for solo female travelers. These places are buzzing with people and hence there is not even one point where one feels unsafe and lonely. I have been living in Sydney for past many years and I have never had any issues whatsoever. However, like any other city, be cautious and know your surroundings.
I am in love with this walk, especially during the sunset. The views are something to die for and the walk is a great way to get out in the open while being in the city. I definitely recommend doing this walk when visiting Sydney.
For other walks in Sydney, refer the section “Walks in Sydney“.