Sydney is a city in perpetual change. Although European settlement is only two hundred years old, the city is in an ongoing state of discontent with its past and seems fixed on knocking down and rebuilding wherever and whatever it can. Some changes are disastrous, others more positive. Take the new area called Barangaroo in honour of a powerful Gadigal woman, a member of the clan of Sydney region whose ties with the land go back 6,000 years. It’s rare that a woman, particularly an Indigenous woman, should be recognised with such an honour but that is one of the things that the developers of this area got right.
The area now known as Barangaroo was previously known as Walsh bay and Millers point, thriving ports where ships from all over the Pacific docked. This rich maritime history has been preserved to a large extent in the old buildings of the area, juxtaposed with modern skyscrapers.
I started my walk at Wynard station and strolled along the now reclaimed open foreshore to the Rocks,an area known for its colonial past where our convict ancestors and other waves of migrants landed.
In such a prosperous city where the price of land, housing and living, has become exorbitant for many, it was great to experience this urban renewal at its best; opening up the harbour to the public instead of filling the land with sun blocking skyscrapers.