Hickson Steps

Hickson Steps is a sandstone staircase built in 1912-1914 connecting Lower Fort Street at the top with the wharves of Hickson Road at the bottom. At times also known as Lower Fort Street Steps, Hickson Steps was initially built as part of the modernising and re-development of Walsh Bay during that period, significantly improving pedestrian access to the waterfront for workers.

Today, the stairs sit in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, connecting The Rocks precinct with Walsh Bay — providing pedestrian access to a mix of residential, entertainment and hospitality venues along the waterfront, including Pier One Hotel, Wharf Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Roslyn Packer Theatre, as well as many restaurants and cafes.

Design features include carved sandstone steps and cast iron palisade fencing and railings. A particular highlight is the expansive sandstone cutting alongside one side of the staircase, with local houses perched high above the stairs.

Views from the staircase include Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pier One, and the northern end of the Walsh Bay precinct.

Hickson Steps and Hickson Road are named after Robert R. P. Hickson, the Chairman of the Sydney Harbour Trust between 1901-1912.

Hickson Steps



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14 Hickson Road, Dawes Point NSW 2000


Hickson Steps can be accessed from either Hickson Road below or Lower Fort Street above. There is ample street parking (ticketed) and private car parking stations in the local area. Best accessed on foot from Circular Quay (Ferries, Trains, Light Rail, Buses), or Wynyard and Barangaroo South if you are willing to walk a little further.

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Hickson Steps has proximity to some of the most beautiful waterfront areas of the central Sydney area, including The Rocks and Millers Point. There are many cafes, restaurants and attractions scattered nearby, including some of the oldest pubs in Australia, and the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

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