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Sydney’s Newest Harbourside Park Opens This Weekend

By Florence Tan
4th Sep 2015

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Okay, so this new reserve may just have the best views in Sydney and it opens this weekend!

After more than a century, Sydney’s newest Harbour Foreshore park, Barangaroo Reserve, is opening its gates this weekend to Sydneysiders—just in time for the warmer months. To celebrate the opening, there’ll be a three-month long series of events that kicks off this Sunday with a Giant Picnic. 

The theme of these festivities will change every month from stone to sea to sky in honour of the location’s history and its people. September’s Giant Picnic, co-curated by Rhoda Roberts and Kristy Prinder, will focus on ‘Stone’ and begins with a Welcome Walk that will take you straight to the Opening Fire Ceremony which shines a light on the traditional song and dance of the Gadigal people. Registration is essential, so visit their site for more info and to register your place. 

And where there’s a Giant Picnic, there’s food, right? RIGHT. Food curator, Alex Herbert has rounded up some of NSW’s best grub with the likes of Aria Catering, Christine Manfield collaborating with Miss Lilly’s Kitchen, Bourke Street Bakery, Cooks Co-Op, Fratelli Fresh and Bread & Butter Project all dishing up some delectable fare for picnic-goers. And what’s a picnic without some drinks to sip on as you watch the sun set? With Young Henrys, Batlow Cider Co. and Lowe Wines also available on the day, we’re pretty sure this may be one of the best picnics you could ever have in Sydney.

If you stick around until the evening, there’ll be a massive Welcome Party complete with fireworks at 6pm (even as fully grown adults, we still love a good fireworks display). Think New Years Eve but without the massive hordes of people.

However not just a foodie fest, the celebrations continue every weekend with a free program of arts, talks and entertainment perfect for all ages. Housed in the Cutaway, this new cultural space built inside the headland itself will play home to contemporary artist, Brook Andrew’s phenomenal sculptural installation, Stone-The Weight of History, The Mark of Time, for the month of September. For those looking for a more lyrical time, then be sure to catch the likes of Casey Donovan, Marcus Corowa and Koomurri Dancers while you’re there.

Slated to become one of Sydney’s new cultural centres, there’s something for everyone at Barangaroo Reserve. So roll up your picnic blankets, pack your deck chairs and say welcome to Barangaroo this spring.

Image credit: Barangaroo

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