Located in central Sydney, King Street Wharf covers some 5 hectares in the area also known as Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour and is very central for the holiday visitor and the Sydney Convention Centre.
King Street Wharf - Aboriginal History
The traditional owners of the area of central Sydney are the Cadigal people. The Cadigal people called Darling Harbour 'Tumbalong', 'a place to find seafood'. Beyond Port Jackson, stretching from South Head to Petersham the coastal Aboriginal people around Sydney were the 'Eora people'; central Sydney is often referred to as 'Eora Country'. Smallpox, introduced by settlement decimated the Cadigal people but descendants of the Eora people still live in Sydney today. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.
King Street Wharf - History
Named 'Cockle Bay' by Europeans, Darling Harbour was named in 1826 to honour NSW Governor Ralph Darling; at that time already had several wharves, including the market wharf at Market Street. In 1855 the railway came to Darling Harbour and 26 hectares of mills, sawmills, markets finger wharves and other industry grew in the area. The Market Street Wharf was built in 1821 and by1900 the area was alive with the bustle of small wharves for ferries, colliers, cargo and passenger steamers, tugs and tall sailing ships. King St Wharf area displays a great deal of the history of the wharves in interpretive signs along the way. The billion-dollar complex was opened in 2001, with restaurants fronting the water, and business and residential development behind. Ferries, charter and cruise ship services also service the wharves.
King Street Wharf - Attractions
King Street Wharf has excellent access to the attractions of Sydney: the casino, the riverside attractions of Darling Harbour and the Sydney Convention Centre, China town and excellent markets with an array of fresh fruits and unique clothes and crafts, theatres and shows and shops. The oldest attractions on Darling Harbour is Sydney Aquarium; a fantastic aboriginal treat is a harbour cruise on the 'Tribal Warrior', crewed by experienced indigenous guys from the area. East of Darling Harbour is King Street Wharf with fabulous views in a myriad of restaurants with exquisite meals prepared by some of the world's best chefs. In its own right, King Street Wharf throbs with locals and visitors enjoying fun events such as the Sydney Beer Fest or Dance Fest.
King Street Wharf - Sydney Convention Centre Harbourside
Situated across Darling Harbour from King Street Wharf is the Sydney Convention Centre. The Sydney Convention Centre can be reached by monorail across Darling Harbour, or by a pleasant walk along the waterside.