A small bar with a big purpose - Daintree Sydney – has just opened in Sydney, inspiring social change and demonstrating a path forward for sustainability within the hospitality industry. For Daintree Sydney, it is all about giving back.
The unique micro-bar is a proud partner of HalfCut – an environmental movement that engages people to raise funds to protect rainforests and wildlife. HalfCut, with Daintree Sydney’s fundraising support, is currently focusing on preserving the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland, working closely with the Traditional Owners of the low land Daintree. Daintree Sydney donates half of all its profits to HalfCut. Since opening its doors in July 2022, the bar has raised more than $52,000 and counting via their HalfCut fundraising page.
Located in The Rocks precinct, Daintree Sydney aims to highlight the vibrance and wealth of Australia’s native and locally sourced ingredients through its food and drinks menu, while also raising awareness and funds for Australian rainforests. The bar’s mission is to save and seed over one million trees across Australia.
The cocktail list features drinks with seasonal native ingredients and where possible, fresh herbs grown by the bar. Cocktail classics with a native twist include a Gumnut Negroni, Quandong Daiquiri and a Piña Nut, Daintree Sydney’s take on the Piña Colada with coconut-wash white rum, macadamia butter and wattle seed.
Alongside the cocktails is a wine and beer list that champions New South Wales producers and highlights minimal intervention and natural wines. As a further nod to Daintree Sydney’s transparent environmental pledge, the menu also points out how far each of their wines and beers have travelled as a real carbon cost.
“Daintree Sydney is committed to ensuring its charitable efforts make real, tangible change to protecting our rainforests and bringing to light the responsibility we, as people, have to give back to these lands we too willingly take from. The money we have raised to date will go towards the repurchase of the Wawu Dimbi in the Daintree, in partnership with HalfCut, to rewild the world's oldest rainforest and help engage in the buyback program to expand lots back into the Daintree National Park. The location of Daintree Sydney is also the first place affected by the First Fleet landing, with that it feels like the perfect place to start to focus on a positive change on these lands,” explains Daintree Sydney’s Beverage Manager, Tom Bulmer.
To donate and support the preservation of the Daintree Forest and HalfCut’s vital work, visit Daintree Sydney Wednesday - Saturday 4pm-12am or https://go.halfcut.org/t/daintreesydney.