Work to revitalise the former Torpedo Factory at Sub Base Platypus, North Sydney, has reached an important milestone – the completion of a new sheltered public area, which will open to visitors on Saturday 16 September!
To celebrate, the Harbour Trust is hosting a community day at Sub Base Platypus – and you’ve been invited! Between 10am and 3pm, there will be a range of free activities at the new Torpedo Factory Precinct, including a traditional Aboriginal performance, live music, talks, artmaking, guided tours and fun for kids. Plus, there will be coffee, gelato and hot food.
Best of all? The event is a great way to explore the former Torpedo Factory and embark on a walk through 150+ years of history. Additionally, visitors will enjoy a spectacular new vantage point of Neutral Bay and have opportunities to engage with the area’s layered character, courtesy of a storytelling space featuring historical artefacts as well as an original, three-piece artwork that recognises and honours Country.
Plan Your Trip
The community day will be held at Sub Base Platypus (Torpedo Factory Precinct). Entry is via 120 High Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060. Parking will not be available on the day and visitors are strongly encouraged to catch public transport.
North Sydney ferry wharf is 250 metres from the Torpedo Factory Precinct, and North Sydney and Milsons Point train stations are both less than a kilometre away. Bus services operate regularly, dropping passengers within 500 metres of Sub Base Platypus.
What’s on the Program?
Below are some of the activities being offered on the day. To view the full program, including additional activities, visit harbourtrust.gov.au/sbp-community-day/
- Traditional Aboriginal performance and smoking ceremony Diramu Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo – led by Elder, educator and artist Walangari Karntawarra – will open the community day with a showcase of Aboriginal culture.
- Eaton Gorge Theatre Company presents: The RRRR Pirates Yarr, matey! Kids will love interacting with the RRRR Pirates – a motley crew of rogues sworn to stop rubbish from ending up in our ocean. As they roam the Torpedo Factory, they’ll extol the virtues of reducing, using, recycling and rethinking waste… just don’t litter or you’ll be forced to walk the plank!
- Eat and drink: Coffee, gelato and burgers Need a caffeine hit? A coffee cart will be stationed at the Torpedo Factory Precinct, ready to serve coffee and tea. To minimise waste and keep the new precinct clean, we strongly encourage you to bring a reusable cup. Dolce Bacio Gelateria and Dirty Bird Food Truck will also be on hand, ready to indulge your sweet tooth, serve up American-style fried chicken burgers and otherwise placate your hunger. Vegan options also available.
- Talk: ‘Around the Curve’ with artists Dennis and Vicki Golding Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding was recently commissioned to create an original artwork for the Torpedo Factory. The resulting mural, titled ‘Around the Curve’ will be on display to visitors for the first time during the community day. Join Dennis – together with his mother and close collaborator Vicki – for an informal talk on the exciting project, including the artmaking process.
- Guide tours The Harbour Trust will be running FREE tours of the former gas works, torpedo factory and submarine base. Across the course of 45 minutes, a knowledgeable tour guide will delve into the layered history of this emerging waterfront destination and lead visitors through the new Torpedo Factory Precinct, including the storytelling space. Tickets are limited. Online reservations are essential. Book here: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/sub-base-platypus-community-day-tours
- Face painting for kids Need to keep the little ones entertained? Swing by the face painting stall and watch as your kids are transformed into their favourite animal or hero! It’s a fun way for them to tap into their creativity and will add an additional layer of colour and flair to the community day.
Have you visited furniture and design store Koskela at the Sub Base Platypus site? Read our story on them here.