Return to the Harbour
Yasmina Bonnet, Anne Warr, Tim Schwager and John Dunn

Swim at Barangaroo Swimming Hole, Mirranawi Cove, surrounded by native flora

Sydneysiders and visitors alike have a deep affection for Sydney Harbour and enjoy a long association with bathing. Gadigal people bathed along the inner harbour’s shores prior to and after European settlement, and the Colony’s early baths were built at Dawes Point and Soldiers Point (Erskine Street).

Since Dawes Point Baths’ closure, generations of Millers Point locals have been jumping and swimming off the piers at Walsh Bay.

In 2015, Barangaroo Reserve opened, recreating the original headland topography and flora, but with one major omission – the inability to safely access the water to swim, fish or canoe.
Our scheme is to reimagine Marrinawi Cove as a swimming spot for all to enjoy. Beautiful, sheltered and north-facing, native flora and carefully sculpted tessellated sandstone line the cove, extending along the headland.

A good current flows through this tidal cove, keeping the water clean and sparkling for swimmers. The scheme retains the naturalist beauty of the cove while gently inserting timber platforms and steps to allow safe access to the water. A shark net encloses the outer edge of the inlet.

In this time of COVID-19 and closure of public swimming pools, the ability to swim outdoors in salt water, the earth’s natural healing source, and truly connect with nature is even more important than before.

Barangaroo Reserve was set aside to provide recreation opportunities for the surrounding communities and visitors to Barangaroo. We believe swimming at Marrinawi Cove would create a unique recreation experience for all to enjoy.

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