Then, and now
We’re a new neighbourhood with an old story. For thousands of years, our place has been one for trade, connection, discovery, and transformation.
The Eora people who lived here for more than 7,000 years called it ‘Tumbalong’, an Indigenous word meaning ‘a place abundant in seafood.’ This harbour, their main food source, sustained them. The shores, eventually blanketed in oyster shells and shellfish remains, later became known as Cockle Bay.
In the many years that followed, metal foundries, shipbuilding and engineering works filled the area, fuelling the ever-increasing appetite of a new city. In later manifestations, Darling Harbour would also be the home to the nation’s burgeoning entertainment industry, and in the 1980s, saw the area changed forever with the former Sydney Entertainment Centre and Exhibition and Convention facilities, which have recently been transformed into the world-class venues we see today.
Fast-forward to 2018, and the rich history of the precinct has been acknowledged and resurrected in the creation of our new neighbourhood. Today, our streets and buildings pay tribute to the past life of this place, a place enriched by the passing of time, and buoyed by the possibilities of tomorrow.
Here, inside Sydney’s CBD, bordered by Pyrmont, Ultimo and Chinatown, and only a few minutes’ walk from the world’s most beautiful harbour (if we do say so ourselves), you’ll discover one of the city’s most connected and walkable places.
Soon to be home to 4,200 new residents, 2,500 co-workers, and more than 60 retail and food stores, our urban neighbourhood is already beginning to take shape.
The pedestrian walkway, Tumbalong Boulevard, provides access from Darling Harbour to Central Station; our first three residential buildings at Darling Square; St Leon, Wirth House and Darling One have welcomed their first residents, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made the move into its brand new offices.
Our first retailers along Steam Mill Lane opened in April 2018, with a mix of emerging fashion and lifestyle retailers joined by some fast and fun-loving food destinations - including Belles Hot Chicken, 8bit, The Sandwich Shop and Ricefields.
'Kengo Kuma’s architectural masterpiece, The Exchange, is also shaping up and is scheduled to house a state of the art innovation library and proposed rooftop bar, earmarked to open in 2019. With its proposed swirling wooden façade, there’s nothing quite like it in Sydney.
Each of these milestones is an important piece of the puzzle, and as they come together, will bring our neighbourhood to life.
To those who pass through, who dwell, or visit, we promise the best in food, fashion, retail and entertainment - places where people can come together in new ways and connect with emerging cultures and new experiences.
Students, young professionals, start-ups, residents and visitors alike, we welcome you to Darling Square.