Sydneysiders have a brand new spot to dip their toes into this summer and it’s located in an excellent spot on the harbour. Marrinawi Cove in Barangaroo is the first swimming spot to open west of the Harbour Bridge in over 50 years. The NSW government has installed safety nets, a new shower and signage to facilitate safe swimming in the area. This could also potentially be the first of many swimming spots along the western side of the harbour bridge.
Marrinawi Cove in Barangaroo open for swimming
Located in the northeast corner of Barangaroo Reserve, the spot has been used by the local Gadigal people for a number of purposes including fishing and canoeing for thousands of years. However, it was deemed unfit for swimming due to safety concerns over pollution and industrial wastes.
“Our city stopped building ocean and harbour pools more than half a century ago – it’s past time to provide more great, safe public places to swim,” Cities Minister Rob Stokes told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Being able to swim at Marrinawi Cove is only possible because we have invested in cleaning up our harbour from industrial wastelands to aquatic playgrounds.”
He added that the government is continuing to explore ways in which the harbour can be made more accessible to the general public for swimming and water activities at other Barangaroo spots along with Blackwattle Bay and Bays West.
The Barangaroo swimming spot offers stunning views of Sydney’s waterways including the Harbour Bridge. The government will consider the addition of decking and ladders at the end of summer.