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The former submarine base known as Sub Base Platypus on the North Sydney and Neutral Bay waterside has its first retail shop, with more upgrades continuing to this historic site.

Sub Base Platypus, home of the Cammeraygal people, will soon be a must-visit destination where visitors can enjoy a day of culture, heritage and community on the waterfront around North Sydney and Neutral Bay.

This renewal project is part of the Harbour Trust’s Torpedo Renewal Project with demolitions of the site – a former torpedo factory, submarine base and gas works – beginning in July. Construction will continue until early 2023 and enable the creation of:

  • Harbour foreshore park with landscaped terraces
  • Public domain areas and spaces that explore the site’s history
  • Solar power generation from roof-mounted panels and rainwater capture storage
  • Enhanced pedestrian connection to the foreshore and car park with electrical vehicle charging stations

With the fabulous playground and retail area already complete, Koskela, an Australian-owned, purpose-led furniture and homewares brand, is the first store to move into the commercial space. The team were looking for a new location that was “quintessentially Sydney” and Sub Base Platypus’ strong connection to nature fit their brand.

“It’s very hard not to love its proximity to our incredible harbour! Every day the backdrop to our store and office changes with the weather and whatever is happening on the harbour…,” says Koskela’s CEO, Sasha Titchkosky. “We also really love the considered and beautiful way the Harbour Trust and their design teams have redesigned and repurposed the buildings and the site…It’s no surprise Sub Base Platypus took out the National Architecture Award for Urban Design last year.”

Koskela’s two-level showroom features ethically sourced and sustainable furniture, art, floor rugs and homewares. Visitors can book in-store consultations and can see exhibitions by leading First Nations artists, all while enjoying sweeping views of the Sydney harbour.

Sasha says that the new location has “really given us an opportunity to reintroduce ourselves to our customers and to highlight our beautiful, Australian-made furniture in a setting that feels more like a beautiful home. It’s been great for the other parts of our business who work with workplace and university and school clients as we can showcase our products for these clients in our own office settings.”

After a visit to the showroom, Sasha recommends checking out Oberon Park, a pocket playground that pays tribute to the site’s naval heritage. There’s also fabulous Kesterton Park, accessible via Sub Base Platypus’ over-water walkway. And Barista Lab’s mobile coffee cart is also there for your coffee needs and is open from 7am to 2pm on weekdays in front of the Retort House.

If you’re visiting on the weekend, pack yourself a picnic and take advantage of the shaded BBQ facilities and seating. Perfect for a sausage sizzle with family and friends.

Address: 120 High Street, North Sydney

Hours: Daily, 7am-9pm

Transport: 11 minute walk to Milsons Point Train Station, 13 minute walk to North Sydney Station and 3 minute walk from North Sydney Wharf

Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/HarbourTrust


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