Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Additions to Sydney Harbour sees opening of Barangaroo outdoor cinema and plans for Cockatoo Island pool

Additions to Sydney Harbour sees opening of Barangaroo outdoor cinema and plans for Cockatoo Island pool
January 19, 2024

The largest outdoor movie screen in the country has been launched as the centrepiece of the MOV’IN BED experience at Barangaroo’s new city beach in Sydney.

Opened last weekend with consecutive sell-out nights the attraction offers comfortable day beds on the sand, from where audiences can enjoy movies on the giant 15-metre 4K screen in brilliant colour.

Astounded by the reactions to what his team has achieved, Vincent Fernandez, founder and Director of MOV’IN BED, explained “we have created a city beach in the heart of Barangaroo, popped an amazing cinema experience on it and pushed the boundaries of sound and visual quality at an outdoor cinema.”

Operating for a three-month season, audiences can also enjoy cocktails, wine and champagne, along with gourmet pizzas delivered by personal waiters.

Plans to turn Cockatoo Island slipway into a swimming pool
Also on Sydney Harbour, plans have been revealed to develop a swimming pool on Cockatoo Island.

Part of the Sydney Harbour Trust’s scheme to transform the harbour’s largest island into an arts and tourist destination, the proposal is for the Island’s slipway to become a permanent harbourside swimming pool.

Commenting on the plan, the Harbour Trust’s Executive Director, Janet Carding stated “our aim is that by improving public access, and the range of experiences you can have, we can attract more people to this UNESCO World Heritage site.”

According to the Harbour Trust, which manages the island, current visitor numbers are relatively low compared to other tourism and heritage sites across Australia. Accommodation proposed in the draft plan would cater to a wider range of budgets, including those of families with children, and the campground would move to the western side of the island and the existing site would be turned into a park.

Artificial reefs would be created to boost the harbour's biodiversity and rehabilitate the waters around the island.

The island has a long indigenous, colonial and industrial history, including as a jail and as a shipbuilding and repair yard. It has long been part of Sydney’s working harbour.

Images: The newly opened MOV’IN BED experience at Barangaroo’s new city beach (top and middle) and an artist’s impression of how the slipway on Cockatoo Island will look when converted as a pool (below, credit: Tyrrell Studio and Doug & Wolf).

Article corrected: 22nd January 2024, to note that the Cockatoo Island swimming pool plan is for slipway and not the Fitzroy Dock.

Related Articles

16th January 2024 - Handbook the first step in developing network of the world’s ‘swimmable’ cities

14th December 2023 - New board appointments announced for Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

5th December 2023 - Darling Harbour’s transformation to include park and recreation facility upgrades

11th October 2023 - Sydney’s IMAX reopens at Darling Harbour

28th September 2023 - Final plans released for revitalisation of Fremantle harbours precinct

27th August 2023 - Refurbishment of North Sydney Olympic Pool maintains heritage elements

7th August 2023 - Urban beach and tidal pools among public access options being considered for Auckland harbour

11th July 2023 - Designs revealed for park to transform final stage of Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct

6th May 2023 - Sydney Harbour to receive $45 million for repair and conservation following ‘decade of neglect’

26th March 2023 - Jerry Schwartz transforms Ibis Sydney Barangaroo into a gallery for Bald Archy exhibition

7th March 2023 - Inner West Council gets key approval for new Sydney Harbour swimming site

10th January 2023 - Sydney gets a new harbour swimming location at Barangaroo

28th April 2022 - Unsupervised winter swimming to continue at Dawn Fraser Baths in Sydney Harbour

19th October 2021 - Concepts revealed for floating pools in Sydney Harbour

21st July 2021 - Sydney’s historic Dawn Fraser Baths opens to public

6th May 2021 - Sydney Harbour Trust reveals plan to transform Cockatoo Island into arts and culture precinct

17th February 2020 - Sydney philanthropists propose Cockatoo Island transformation into arts destination

3rd May 2019 - Volvo creates extensive Living Seawall in Sydney Harbour to combat pollution and promote biodiversity

17th September 2011 - Cockatoo Island hosts Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour finale


Support our industry news service
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

As an independent publisher, we need reader support for our industry news gathering so ask that - if you don't already do so - you back us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine and/or our online news.

Click here to view our subscription options.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

@leisure Planners

@leisure is a team of experienced leisure, aquatic and sports facility managers and planners, with market modelling, sports management, recreation planning, business and GIS qualifications. We have…

read more

Consultants

 
 

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play

 
 

PathMinder

PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business