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Sydney's new six-hectare harbourside park is every bit worth the fuss. In fact, there's so much cool shit to talk about that we thought we'd break it down into ten quick facts

1. Did you know Barangaroo was a kickass businesswoman? Named for the pioneering second wife of Bennelong (the Eora man who played a key interlocutory role between original inhabitants and the British settlers). According to Rhoda Roberts, director of Indigenous programming and ceremonies, Barangaroo was the first Aboriginal woman to turn a profit from the newly arrived hungry white folks by selling them surplus fish. Smart lass.

2. There's this thing called the Cutaway. It's a big space – like the belly of a whale says artist Brook Andrew, which is where you'll find his breathing 'organs'.

3. Stone, sea and sky: these are the themes of a season's worth of free family events that pay respects to the history, significance and spirituality of the area.

4. And they're serious about honouring the history. The plants and trees are almost all native – and there's 84 species of 'em. Seeds and cuttings were collected from wild sites around Sydney Harbour and the Hawkesbury.

5. It was once a vacant 22-hectare container wharf. Think about that for a minute. Now it's way better. 

6. The $6-billion project is due to be completed in 2022...

7. Which doesn't mean it's not ready right now. In fact, it's bustling with walkers, joggers, cyclists, inline skaters (#lifegoals), babies, puppies, lovers – and people who like an Instgram-worthy view to match their artisan picnic hamper...

8. Back to 2022: the grand vision is that Barangaroo Precinct will offer new places to eat, places to shop and places to work. A great new place to show off to overseas pals.

9. And we won't have to wait that long for the good stuff – Barangaroo South opens in 2019. Noma opens in January 2016

10. But where's the money shot? Point your selfie stick at the Cutaway – which is the size of Sydney Cricket Ground – and at the harbour from the very top of Stargazer Lawn.

Bonus tip: take sun screen. Those eucalyptus trees are impressively mature considering their date of birth, but there's very little shade on the grassy knoll. Be prepared.

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Updated on 18 Sep 2015.

By Emma Joyce   |   Photos by Anna Kucera

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