The harbour walk is marked by sitelines, places that contain and interconnect the stories, memories and histories of this Country. These are the veins of Sydney, a living and breathing place.

-Emily McDaniel, curator

The Harbour Walk Storytelling Report by Aboriginal curator Emily McDaniel extends the Eora Journey’s recognition in the public domain across Sydney’s harbour foreshore. The 9 km walk extends from the Australian National Museum in Tumbalong (Darling Harbour) to Woolloomooloo Bay.

Guided by Eora Journey Curatorial Advisor Hetti Perkins and the City of Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, the report includes stories, project ideas and recommendations to create a transformative and memorable experience for Sydneysiders and visitors alike.

The recommended harbour walk projects include:

  • a Sydney Aboriginal name and icon for the walk that embodies the significance of the harbour and foreshore
  • eight installations incorporating audio that frame and explain ‘sitelines’ along the walk – sitelines are relationships between sites of historical and cultural significance
  • text or audio installations that respond to the intimate, hidden histories of the harbour at 12 locations along the foreshore
  • an environmental project led by an artist in partnership with universities and marine institutes to build on research around badu (water) and acknowledgement of Country as land, water and sky
  • a public artwork at Pirrama (Pyrmont), next to the Australian Maritime Museum, to recognise the connection between Aboriginal people and the harbour
  • a public art project at The Hungry Mile, Barangaroo, recognising Aboriginal people in Sydney’s maritime history
  • a public art project at Ta-ra (Dawes Point) that highlights the site where Patyegarang gifted the language of her people to William Dawes, recording it for future generations in his notebooks
  • a public art project at Circular Quay linking Aboriginal history associated with the Government Boatshed to the resilience of Aboriginal communities in Sydney
  • a community-based public art project that recognises the history and enduring presence of Aboriginal people in Woolloomooloo.

Through a curated series of Aboriginal stories, the Harbour Walk Storytelling Report presents an innovative way to inspire the public to experience the harbour foreshore in a way that is not currently available.

The harbour walk will be developed in partnership with the NSW Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with guidance from the City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel.

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