A prestigious feature of Sydney Harbour’s Dawes Point, is its rich maritime history. Military barracks were erected for soldiers guarding the Dawes Point Battery. The significance of Sydney Harbour grew further in 1912 when Pier One was officially constructed as a passenger terminal. As time went by, the address grew in stature as the sight-to-see for those setting foot into Sydney for the first time. However, in 1982, $5 million was sanctioned to be spent on revitalizing the old passenger terminal, to transform it into something that Australia had waited for, since 200 years – a recreational hub. 


Developed by Vern Howlett and Paul Pelly, the Pier One was architecturally designed with the idea of opening itself to every strata of Sydney. By virtue of its location, featuring some of the best seafood was a given. From the world class Harbour Watch restaurant to the casual atmosphere of the Pier side Oyster Bar and Crab Cookers, one was treated to an array fresh fish, from prawns, oysters, crabs and even a Neptune. While feasting to a variety of food options, to one of the most breathtaking view in the city, the north end of the first floor had had a range of specialty shops that redrew the concept of window shopping. 

Some of Australia’s finest craftsmen from jewelers spending hours cutting an opal, to leatherware, silverware, pottery and copper were on sale at the sight. Merging entertaining with food and a thrilling showcase of retail therapy, Pier One was the place to be. In addition to a power packed day out, Pier One also offered a wide spread selection of cruises, giving tourists a taste of Sydney through the harbour.


The wharf was transformed into a hotel in 1998 and saw several management companies through it’s doors before Marriott International took over in 2014. The inception of Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection began with a beautiful lobby & restaurant renovation by Bates Smart. Throughout the years, further improvements have been made to the property. The final piece of the luxury refurbishment was completed in 2019 by architects Tonkin Zulaika Greer.