Your Guide To King Street Wharf ( Piers 6, 7, 8 and 9)

Disabled Access – YES Food and Drink Options – YES Tourist Attractions – NO Transport Links – YES Shopping Centre – NO Nightlife – YES Opening Hours – 8am-11pm

Situated on the picturesque eastern shore of the historical Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf is a modern haven of shops, restaurants and tourist hotspots. Previously home to an industrial park, King Street Wharf has undergone a major redevelopment in order to make it the ideal drop-off point after a charter or pick up point beforehand. Nestled between the popular Cockle Bay Wharf complex and the newly opened Barangaroo ferry wharf, King Street Wharf offers a calming and necessary counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of central Sydney, but is close enough to the centre that you can still feel its unmistakable pulse.

The wharf includes convenient transport links, with access to piers 6, 7, 8 and 9. It also features full disabled access. It’s also worth noting that a few of the restaurants located within King Street Wharf have partnered up with local parking providers, so with a little investigation work beforehand, you could save yourself a small fortune on parking costs, which are notorious around Sydney.

History

The wharf was opened around the turn of the 21st century and offers a more modern and sophisticated alternative to the more tourist-heavy locations often frequented by charter boats. As well as offering some of the city’s most eclectic and exciting cuisine, it also hosts many arts and cultural events for the public throughout the year and boasts stunning views across Darling Harbour towards wharves 8 and 9 at Pyrmont Bay. The wharf is centred around the Promenade, which sits on the waterfront and offers some of the most spectacular and sophisticated views in the city. The precinct also boasts Lime Street (named for the building material derived from burning shells that was essential in 1820s Sydney), which houses the trendier bars and the more exclusive restaurants.

Restaurants & Bars

When it comes to restaurants, the wharf is renowned by locals and visitors alike as a bit of a “foodie heaven,” with its dual strips of truly exceptional bars and restaurants catering to all tastes and dietary requirements. Located in one gorgeous and convenient harbour-front location, King Street would be an ideal stop for the culinarily adventurous, with a wide variety of international restaurants catering to even the most discerning palette.

The original Cadigal settlers once called Darling Harbour “Tumbalong,” which is roughly translated as “a place to find seafood,” so if you’re visiting the area, you’d struggle to find a bad meal. For fresh seafood and succulent Mediterranean cuisine, try Nick’s Bar & Grill on Lime Street, with the spectacular waterfront vistas matched in elegance by the local produce and the sheer theatricality of the food itself, which is char-grilled before your very eyes. We also recommend you try the Meat District Co. steakhouse, with its ‘paddock to plate’ inspired menu serving up some of the most tender, locally sourced and sustainable produce over two levels, with stunning waterfront views and a large island bar stocked with the finest craft beers, cocktails and local wines. If you’re a feeling particularly hungry, you could also check out one of Sydney’s unlikeliest institutions and try your hands (and your stomach) at the infamous 1kg T-Bone Challenge at Steersons Steakhouse. The famous steakhouse also offers a staggering selection of 150 wines, so you’ll have plenty of vino on hand to wash down that T-Bone. More exotic international dining options are also offered by The Malaya, which has been serving up authentic Malaysian cuisine for over 50 years, and the unique Kobe Jones, which combines traditional Japanese cuisine with a distinct Californian twist.

Nightlife

The nightlife at King Street Wharf is also the envy of many of Sydney’s most established districts, making it a great drop off point for hens and bucks parties. Bungalow 8 is one of the city’s most revered cocktail lounges, with its tiki-inspired décor a hit with tourists and locals alike. The venue also plays host to many of Sydney’s best DJs at the weekend. The Loft, meanwhile, speaks to the glamour of a bygone era, with the atmosphere of a 1920s speakeasy and some of the most inventive cocktails around. Cargo Bar and Lounge is also located on the Promenade, and is arguably one of Sydney’s most famous bars, and has truly earned its reputation. For a more casual atmosphere, there’s also Beer Deluxe, which, as the name suggests, offers over 150 varieties of craft beer and puts on a famous trivia quiz every Wednesday night. The perfect midweek escape.