Bays Market District

One of the emerging global trends in the 21st Century world of food is a return to the basics – friendly, community-based farmers’ markets. In Sydney, there are already many weekly produce markets and it is envisioned that the Bays Market District will become a global exemplar market offering.


To rejuvenate the Sydney Fish Market (wholesale and retail), and expand the fresh food offering, creating a world-class Bays Market District connected to the water.


  • Creating a new world-class market food offering and dining attraction
  • Reimagining the Sydney Fish Market, including wholesale and retail functions
  • Allowing the Bays Waterfront Promenade to seamlessly connect with a bustling and thriving place that brings residents and visitors back to the water
  • Providing compatible housing suitable to living on the edge of the CBD
  • Improving access and public transport


Sitting at Blackwattle Bay, where the working city meets the living city on the western edge of inner city Pyrmont and the northern edge of suburban Glebe, the Bays Market District will be a busy hub for residents, workers and visitors who shop and dine.

The Bays Market District will widen Sydney’s food and dining offering, creating a new world-class food and dining attraction for Sydney – in the way that Borough Markets in London and La Boqueria in Barcelona attract day-to-day shoppers as well as tourists. It will draw on the activity and spirit of both the wholesale and retail operations at Sydney Fish Market.

The renewed Sydney Fish Market will be supported by a new expanded fresh food marketplace. Just as the seasons and the produce will change, so too could the Bays Market District – we could think about a semi-permanent market like Marché Monge in Paris that uses purpose-designed structures to set up a market of quality providores a few days a week.

The Destination will provide an opportunity for all to understand, experience and interact with the business of catching, auctioning and selling fish and other fresh produce.

The Bays Market District will generate significant improvements to access and public transport as well as environmental activity and better connections with Blackwattle Bay and Wentworth Park.


UrbanGrowth NSW has opened registrations of interest (ROI) for designers to develop a masterplan for the Bays Market District. This masterplan will set out a vision to guide the growth and development of the market district over the next 20 to 30 years.

The ROI closes at 11am on Monday 13 March 2017.

To register your interest and for more information on the ROI please visit:

The ROI for design services and engineering services to create a new Sydney Fish Market at the head of Blackwattle Bay at Glebe, within The Bays Precinct, closed in December 2016. Shortlisted proponents have been invited to submit a tender for the project.



An evaluation committee will assess each ROI for masterplanning services. Suitable proponents will then be invited to submit a tender for the project. The ROI closes at 11am on Monday 13 March 2017.

Appoint a designer for the new Sydney Fish Market by mid 2017.

Continue working closely with Sydney Fish Market in line with a Memorandum of Understanding. Read the media release.

Undertake Destination planning work considering transport and accessibility, open spaces and the connection to Wentworth Park, and other physical constraints.

Deliver public engagement activities to inform planning for this Destination.