State Heritage Register listing for Sydney's Badangi

A unique, natural landscape on the northern bank of Sydney Harbour, Badangi, has been listed on the State Heritage Register.

Bay with rocks in foreground.

The 48-hectare site has a rich Aboriginal history with evidence of Gammaraygal occupation and is one of the few remaining natural landscapes in public ownership on Sydney Harbour.

The heritage listing covers public foreshore parklands and reserves around the Greenwich and Wollstonecraft peninsulas including Berry Island Reserve, Badangi Reserve, Manns Point, Holloway Park, Greendale Park, Smoothey Park and Gore Cove Reserve, as well as some nearby waterways.

This listing recognises the area's deep links to the Gammaraygal people and the cultural heritage found within the site, including shell middens, grinding grooves and rock engravings.

It also protects public ownership of Sydney Harbour's foreshore for ecological and recreational purposes.

Over the years, the site's natural and recreational values have made it a popular destination for locals, tourists and artists, with many renowned painters and photographers choosing to capture this unique place.

This is the fifth new State Heritage Register listing announced by the NSW Government. The others are:

  • All Saints Anglican Church, Bodalla
  • Nowland's Lochinvar Coach House and Setting, Lochinvar
  • Toorale Homestead and Woolshed Precinct, far west NSW
  • Manilla Railway Viaduct and Underbridge, near Tamworth

More information can be found on the Heritage NSW website: State heritage inventory.


Quote attributable to Minister for Heritage Penny Sharpe:

"Badangi provides a beautiful natural space in a highly urbanised city for us to engage with landscape, nature, Aboriginal culture and spectacular views of Sydney Harbour.

"Listing Badangi on the State Heritage Register is an important step in preserving the history and culture of New South Wales.

"Not only does it protect the significance of the place and its associated stories, but it provides a platform for local communities to share and celebrate this cultural heritage into the future."


Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Heritage Trish Doyle:

"The NSW Government is proud to protect this legacy for future generations.

"The breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River have been captured by many renowned artists throughout history, from Arthur Streeton's impressionist seascapes to Harold Cazneaux's stunning photographs.

"It is wonderful to see the cultural heritage of the site, including shell middens, grinding grooves and rock engravings, recognised and protected in this way."


Quote attributable to Frank Howarth, Chair, Heritage Council of NSW

"Protecting more harbour foreshore will provide an attractive natural place for both residents and tourists to enjoy.

"It's also important to protect the Aboriginal cultural heritage found within this extraordinary site, including ancient relics adorning the shores of Berry Island."


Quote attributable to Nathan Moran, CEO, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council:

"Metropolitan LALC believes there is great importance of the Berry Island area, and in respecting the Gammaraygal who are and always will be the respected cultural leaders of the area.

"It was they who led Yoola Ba Ding annual ceremonies (initiations) on Gadigal Nura (Country)."


Quote attributable to Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW:

"The listing of Badangi is a significant achievement in that it protects a landscape grouping of exceptional heritage value, informed by a rigorous process of identification and assessment for landscape heritage.

"Australian Institute of Landscape Architects commends this recognition of the need to conserve not only iconic structures, such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but importantly entire landforms, harbour waters and their network of parklands, as places for future generations to enjoy."