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Sydney Festival invites you to a beach of a different kind
A long, hot Aussie summer is never complete without a trip or two to the beach, right? But before you go slip, slop, slap, why not consider visiting a beach of a different kind.

At this beach, there is no water and no sand. You won't need to worry about any pesky sharks or a painful sunburn afterwards. During Sydney Festival this January, you can visit The Beach at Barangaroo Reserve, where instead of water and sand, you will find an ocean of over one million recyclable and antimicrobial plastic balls to float on or immerse yourself in.

The Beach Barangaroo Reserve Sydney Festival
Happy days in Sydney this summer (image Credit: Noah Kalina)


This free, interactive installation fits somewhere between art and architecture, by transforming the familiar into the extraordinary. Designed by New York based Snarkitecture, it reimagines both the natural and cultural elements of the beach to create an unexpected and memorable experience.

The Beach Barangaroo Reserve Sydney Festival
This is no ordinary trip to the beach (Image Credit: Noah Kalina)


During the Sydney Festival, The Beach will be located in The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve. This vast concrete and sandstone clad void will be transformed by an ocean of clear plastic balls and a shoreline complete with beach chairs. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the artwork by "swimming" in the massive ball pit or relaxing on the shore and enjoying the spectacle.

The Beach Barangaroo Reserve Sydney Festival
Relax and enjoy (Image Credit: Noah Kalina)


From 7th - 29th January 2017 there will be free access for everyone between 10am - 5pm every day except Mondays. Alternatively to avoid the queues you can book in for one of the ticketed sessions. Ticketed sessions include an all ages early entry from 9am or an over 18's Friday or Saturday evening session at 6.30pm or 8.30pm. For more information about ticketed sessions please click here.

What you need to know:

The Beach is located inside the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve.
General entry is free. You can stay as long as you wish, however as an estimate, most people spend around 45 minutes at The Beach.
Children under 14 years should be accompanied by an adult
The balls are for swimming in only, not for throwing
To avoid losing your shoes it is advised that you take them off before entering , however, socks should be kept on.
As it is very easy to lose items in the balls you are advised to secure loose items and valuables such as phones, keys and wallets before getting in.
Food and drinks are not permitted in The Beach.
The Beach is closed on Mondays

The Beach Barangaroo Reserve Sydney Festival
Immerse yourself in art (Image Credit: Noah Kalina)


It is advisable to read through the list of Sydney Festival Rules and FAQs before visiting by clicking here.

For more information about the event or getting to Barangaroo Reserve, please click here.

Now in its 41st year, Sydney Festival will run from 7th - 29th January 2017, celebrating art, big ideas and summer in Sydney. For a full program of Sydney Festival events please click here.
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Why? Fun for everyone
When: From 7th - 29th January 2017
Where: Barangaroo Reserve
Cost: Free (or ticketed sessions available)
Your Comment
"No ordinary beach" you're right there!
by Lucinda (score: 2|342) 1288 days ago
This looks like a very different type of beach 'holiday'. :) cheers Marie
by Maria-MPG Narratives (score: 2|809) 1286 days ago
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