Dawes Point, New South Wales

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Dawes Point
SydneyNew South Wales
The rocks nsw.JPG
Sydney Harbour Bridge, viewed from Observatory Hill
Population 544 (2011)[1]
 • Density 5,400/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2000
Area 0.1 km2 (0.0 sq mi)
Location 1 km (1 mi) north of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Sydney
Parish St. Philip
State electorate(s) Sydney
Federal Division(s) Sydney
Suburbs around Dawes Point:
Port Jackson Kirribilli Port Jackson
Port Jackson Dawes Point Port Jackson
Millers Point The Rocks Sydney Cove

Dawes Point is a suburb of the City of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Dawes Point is located on the north-western edge of the Sydney central business district, at the southern end of Sydney Harbour Bridge, adjacent to The Rocks. Sections of Dawes Point have been included as part of The Rocks area in the past and some residents and businesses still use it in their address.


The area was originally known by the Aboriginal names of Tar-ra and Tullagalla. This was later changed to Point Maskelyne in honour of Reverend Dr Nevil Maskelyne, British Astronomer Royal. He sent out the first astronomical instruments which were established at the point in the country's first observatory, by Lieutenant William Dawes (1762-1836), astronomer with the First Fleet. The point was renamed in honour of Dawes.[2]

It was also the site of the first guns mounted in Sydney by Dawes in 1788, contained Sydney's first cemetery and later Dawes Point Battery. Walsh Bay was the site of Sydney's port facilities. The wharves were converted to apartments, theatres, restaurants, cafes and a hotel.


The Sydney Theatre and The Wharf Theatre, which are part of the Sydney Theatre Company, are located in Dawes Point.



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dawes Point (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 81

Coordinates: 33°51′22″S 151°12′25″E / 33.856°S 151.207°E / -33.856; 151.207