The fully accessible, amphitheatre-style boardwalk extends out to create a new public pier, with huge sandstone blocks providing informal seating areas and native species trees creating a shady backdrop to the open waterfront. A feature Fig tree has been planted on part of the original dockside structure.
Watermans Cove is a key feature of Grant Associates’ designs for two hectares of public realm at Barangaroo South, a seven and a half hectare mixed-use scheme being developed and delivered by Lendlease. The scheme revitalises the central part of Sydney’s foreshore, formerly a terminal for containers, into a world-class, vibrant waterfront precinct. The public realm also provides the waterfront setting to the dramatic Crown Resorts leisure complex.
The walkway at Watermans Cove represents a significant step forward of a plan led by the Government of New South Wales to create a continuous walk around Sydney's harbour foreshore. This section of the waterfront has been inaccessible to the public for more than a century because of its industrial use.
Another key element of the design is a one-hectare public park called Hickson Park, which opened in December 2020. This park provides a green link from Sydney’s Central Business District into the heart of Barangaroo’s retail and dining precinct, which is adjacent to the slender new residential towers designed by the acclaimed architect Renzo Piano.