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Transforming Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is where Sydney comes to celebrate. Our dynamic calendar of events and activities keeps the precinct thriving and draws more than 26 million visitors each year.

The Rocks

Revitalising The Rocks

The Rocks is an iconic location, situated between the two most recognisable symbols of Australia: Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Place Making

Place Making

The development of quality public spaces can be achieved by integrating place management, renewal and ownership to achieve economic, cultural and social benefits that define a great city.

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Leasing and property management

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority owns some of the State’s most significant assets. As the Leasing and Property Manager SHFA is responsible for over 200 leases, 150 licenses and 115 tenancies.

Our heritage role

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Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is responsible for the care, management and interpretation of some of the nation's most significant natural and cultural heritage resources, including The Rocks which is considered to be the most significant heritage precinct relating to European settlement in Australia. More...

Our renewal role


Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority works collaboratively with State and local government, industry groups and private sector investors to facilitate the NSW Government’s infrastructure and urban renewal strategy. Through coordination and delivery of major projects and activations, SHFA provides visitor, business and transport experiences worthy of iconic harbour locations. Current projects include the new International Convention Centre Sydney, IMAX theatre, office and function centre redevelopment and the Cockle Bay wharf renewal project.

Our activation role


Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority delivers vibrant visitor experiences, best practice heritage management and interpretation, and retail and commercial revitalisations that help attract more than 41 million visitors a year to the precincts and places it manages. A member of the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s major event committee, SHFA is integral to the delivery of State significant events, like Australia Day and New Year’s Eve, and delivers an annual program of events and activations in Darling Harbour and The Rocks.

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    Latest news

    Read all about SHFA’s recent achievements, projects and events in our News Room

  • Darling Harbour Instagram Top 10

    Maintenance of pier set 7 on Pyrmont Bridge.

    SHFA is undertaking stabilisation work on pier set 7 of the heritage listed Pyrmont Bridge. This will mean some small changes for those who use Pyrmont Bridge, including boats that pass under the bridge and crowds at major events. The works will not affect daily commuter or visitor foot traffic or bicycle riders.

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    Darling Harbour makes Instagram and Facebook Top 10 for 2015

    For the second year running, Darling Harbour has been announced as the second-most geo-tagged Australian location on Instagram. The family-friendly precinct has also been named the third most checked-in Australian place on Facebook in 2015—a fantastic result, given the exciting transformation the precinct is currently undergoing.

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    SHFA shines at Interpretation Australia Awards

    SHFA has won two Best of Excellence Awards from Interpretation Australia, for The Emperor's Quest—a self-guided Chinese zodiac adventure at Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship—and The Rocks Boatshed, a temporary interactive arts and culture ‘festival hub’ for Corroboree Sydney 2014. Interpretation Australia is an organisation that celebrates the promotion of heritage and historic places. The awards recognise outstanding achievement in interpretation.

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    Darling Harbour Alliance recognised for making NSW a better place to do business

    Finalists for the 2015 Premier's Award were published this week and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority's partnership with the Darling Harbour Alliance is among them.

    SHFA initiated the public-private partnership to keep Darling Harbour open for business during its transformation, by giving people more reasons to visit. Winners will be announced on 17 November.

  • Circular Quay Upgrade

    Upgrade to Circular Quay and new arrangements for SHFA

    A major upgrade to Circular Quay has been announced, along with a change to SHFA’s role in the future management of Sydney’s harbour foreshore areas. The changes reflect government's broader reform agenda, which focuses on taking a whole-of-government approach to service delivery.

  • The Goods Line

    The Goods Line unveiled

    Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority has delivered The Goods Line, which transforms a disused rail corridor into a pathway that makes it easier for people to get to Darling Harbour from Railway Square and Ultimo.

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    The Rocks leasing success

    Commercial and retail interest in The Rocks is soaring as new tenants continue to join the precinct. A new lease with Boston Consulting Group Joint Ventures is the latest new lease to be signed.

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    Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority - key facts

    Want to know more about Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority? Read about our unique place making model and vision for Sydney’s iconic waterfront places at this link.

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    Luxury hotel coming to Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour's newest hotel is under construction. The International Convention Centre Sydney Hotel will be Sydney's largest 5-star hotel and will open in 2017.

  • Cockle Bay renewal

    Cockle Bay renewal

    Visitors to Darling Harbour will be able to get closer to the water under a planned project to renew the wharves and jetties in Cockle Bay.

  • Trip Advisor

    SHFA precincts win public vote

    SHFA's expertise in place making and visitor experience has received resounding public acknowledgement, with TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence being awarded to the extraordinary places it manages. Darling Harbour, The Rocks and Circular Quay, The Rocks Discovery Museum and the Chinese Garden of Friendship have all received the award. Based on positive feedback posted on the travel site, the accolade is given to places and establishments that continually deliver a superior customer experience.

  • Walking The Rocks

    Visitors to The Rocks can enjoy stories of the people that shaped the early development of Sydney Harbour's waterfront with SHFA's free interactive app.

  • ANZAC Celebrations

    Centenary of ANZAC Commemorations

    During April and May 2015, SHFA proudly presented highly successful programs in Sydney’s pre-eminent heritage and cultural precincts, The Rocks and Darling Harbour, commemorating the national Centenary of ANZAC. At Darling Harbour, more than 13,000 people experienced the world debut of floating artwork Nomanslanding.

  • Interpretation Awards

    SHFA’s adaptive reuse of Australia’s oldest police station at 127–129 George Street, The Rocks, gained the National Commendation for Heritage in the prestigious 2014 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards. The Authority worked in conjunction with Welsh + Major Architects.

  • Interpretation Awards

    Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority's creative team secured Gold and Bronze Awards at the 2014 Interpretation Australia Awards for Excellence.

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