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Sydney’s Iconic Finger Wharves

By Robert Alfeldi, Managing Director - CBRE Residential Agency 


With an enviable position on the edge of Sydney Harbour, it’s easy to see why the iconic finger wharf apartments of Woolloomooloo, Walsh Bay, Darling Island and Pyrmont are some of the most prized real estate in Sydney.


The original Finger Wharf at Woollomooloo was slated for redevelopment in 1996, which saw it transformed into 345 luxury apartments at the northern end, along with world-class restaurants, retail stores and a 63-berth boating marina. Pier 6/7 at Walsh Bay and Darling Island soon followed suit with luxury apartments being developed and exclusive private marina facilities drawing in A-list owners.


Since their redevelopment, Woolloomooloo, Walsh Bay and Darling Island have become cultural and culinary hotspots, boasting some of Sydney’s best food and entertainment offerings. Walsh Bay is home to the renowned Sydney Theatre Company alongside other theatres and performance spaces, fine dining establishments and charming bars, while Woolloomooloo has developed a reputation for its sleek and contemporary bars and eateries like Riley St Garage, China Doll and Otto Ristorante.


To the east of the harbour in Pyrmont, wharves 8 and 9 were the temporary home of Sydney’s casino until it was demolished in 2005 to make way for a totally new development of 104 luxury apartments aptly named Sydney Wharf. The developers, Charter Hall & Babcock & Brown, commissioned one of Australia’s leading architectural firms, PTW, to design the apartments – giving Sydney Harbour a new standard in harbourfront living.


Today, the Sydney Wharf apartments are some of the most highly sought-after properties on the Sydney waterfront market thanks to their unrivalled views, private location and top-of-the-line amenities. Award-winning interior design firm SJB Interiors brought to life interior spaces that offer an exceptional level of quality, with natural stones, timbers, traditional metal finishes and parquetry-style timber flooring. The development also includes an indoor pool with gym equipment and a world-class marina.


Residents of Sydney Wharf are just a stone’s throw away from all the action, with LuMi Bar and Dining – one of the city’s top-rated restaurants – serving up inventive Italian food with a Japanese twist just around the corner at wharf 10. Pyrmont itself is also home to a diverse mix of restaurants, cafes and bars, The Star Casino and Lyric Theatre, the famous Sydney Fish Markets, leisure and fitness centres such as the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, and a large children’s play area in Pirrama Park.


Apartments at Sydney Wharf were first released to buyers in 2006, prices have doubled over the past decade with no signs of slowing down. This growth is in line with the buoyancy of the harbourfront market and the increasing popularity of the broader Pyrmont area.


For buyers wanting ultra-convenience, luxury interiors and water views, the finger wharf apartments of Woolloomooloo, Walsh Bay, Darling Island and Pyrmont represent the ultimate in high-end living.