The Sydney Festival, which runs annually in January, brings to life the rich and diverse culture of Sydney through the language of contemporary art and music. This year, Sydney Festival has partnered up with Barangaroo to host one of the festival’s greatest attractions known as ‘The Beach’.
This sixty-metre-wide art installation is New York-based Snarkitecture’s reinterpretation of a trip to the shore. The Beach is an enormous sea of 1.1 million white recyclable plastic balls for viewers to dive into and explore.
The Beach is open to the public from January 7th – 29th, but closed on Mondays. Entry is free from 10am-3:30pm. To ensure entry, ticketed early entry for all ages is at 9am and visitors have an unlimited time to enjoy The Beach. All ages one-hour-entry tickets are also available at 5:30pm and 18+ evening session tickets for Friday and Saturday nights are also sold. All tickets are $15 (plus a booking fee).
Travelling to The Beach is easy both via public transport and car. Visitors can catch the 311, 324 or 325 bus from either Wynyard or Circular Quay stations. While Wynyard station is the fastest route to The Beach, its steep inclines make passing through the station somewhat more difficult.
It’s recommended to utilise public transport to avoid the city’s traffic and lack of parking availability, but transport via car is still a viable option. Parking can be found at Barangaroo Reserve at Wilson Parking which is open 6am to midnight. The car park has 8 accessible parking spaces on Level B1.
Upon arrival at The Beach, visitors with wheelchairs won’t have to line in queues and are allowed to move up to the front of the line. The arena is located on ground floor and has good accessibility. Entering the ball pit itself is also easy via wheelchair ramps.
For those who require a companion or carer, a second ticket can be issues at no additional cost to the Companion Card holder (visitors can contact Sydney Festival directly on 1300 856 876 for booking assistance). Additionally, there is one wheelchair accessible bathroom, located on the ground floor.
While the area can, at times, become overcrowded, the friendly staff are more than happy to assist visitors. The Beach has a way of bringing out the inner child in whoever visits. Overall, the energetic and uplifting atmosphere of this magnificent, one-of-a-kind installation is an experience not to be missed.
Accessibility: 5/5 Bathrooms: 5/5 (Ground Floor)
Official Website: sydneyfestival.org.au/2017/beach