Bays Waterfront Promenade

The Bays Waterfront Promenade will provide the opportunity to safely walk or cycle along the Sydney Harbour waterfront, all the way from Balmain through to the Sydney CBD and Woolloomooloo.  It will follow the beautiful Sydney Harbour, with opportunities to sit by the foreshore with a coffee, enjoy a long lunch at a waterside café, access the Harbour for water-based activities, admire locally-produced sculptures or art, gaze at amazing views and even pop in to see the busy activity of a local community garden.


For the first time, to deliver a continuous, staged, waterfront promenade from Balmain to Pyrmont and connecting all Destinations through to the CBD and Woolloomooloo.



  • Providing a 5.5 kilometre continuous public foreshore access
  • Staging public access to previously excluded areas
  • Starting with Stage 1 linking Blackwattle Bay to Pyrmont
  • Providing benefits for existing and future businesses exposed to new pedestrian trade
  • Reconnecting Balmain to Pyrmont by working towards the adaptive re-use of Glebe Island Bridge
  • Increasing visual and physical links to Sydney Harbour and The Bays Precinct
  • Providing a mix of green shorelines and living sea walls


The Bays Waterfront Promenade will deliver a continuous, shared waterfront promenade from Balmain to Pyrmont that opens up direct harbour frontage.

This will be delivered incrementally, with priority locations to unlock access. It will build on the popular access that Sydneysiders already have along the water in areas such as Blackwattle Bay Park and Bicentennial Park and throughout the Harbour.

While the Bays Waterfront Promenade will be an essential connector within The Bays Precinct and to surrounding suburbs, it will be more than just a pathway that links people between great places – it will be planned as a new must-see Destination for every visitor to Sydney; a waterfront playground to bring communities together. It will be designed to seamlessly connect the urban coastal and marine context with both green shorelines and living sea walls. A variety of trails will link the Promenade including cultural, recreational and ‘blue waterway trails’.

The Promenade’s evolution will be guided by the Planning and Urban Design Strategic Framework to ensure fully integrated planning with both the local and wider context, innovative design and ecological restoration activities.


  • Start work on the Bays Waterfront Promenade (Stage 1 Pyrmont to Blackwattle Bay) as soon as possible