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Cremorne Point Walk – The Best of Sydney Harbour

Sydney is blessed with an abundance of public land lining the harbour’s edge allowing us all access to explore the foreshore. This Cremorne Point Walk is one of the easiest city walks to reach and a lovely place to spend a few hours just soaking up the views. 

You can complete this 2km Walk in one hour or so, longer if you wish to stop to enjoy the view or stroll through the gardens.

Why you should do this walk. 

  • A 33m harbourside pool with Federation style picket fence opened in the 1930s
  • A gorgeous garden created by local couple Lex and Ruby Graham in the 1960s
  • Excellent examples of Federation architecture 

Step by Step Photo Guide to the Cremorne Point Walk 

When you exit the ferry head to the left and walk along the foreshore so you can take in the view and check out the picket fenced swimming pool before going into Cremorne Point Reserve. 

Maccallum Pool 

Originally a rock pool created by former Olympic swimmer Fred Lane the first version of the pool was built by local man Hugh MacCallum in the 1920s. These days there is no entry fee, and the pool is open most days except when being cleaned.  The North Sydney Council website lists the closing dates. 

Maccallum Pool Mosman

Harbourfront homes and stunning views

The path is lined with large homes mostly built between 1910-1930. In its early days, the area attracted residents who favoured more unique building styles than existed in Sydney at the time. Some of these large homes have now converted to apartments. 
 Homes converted into apartments along Cremorne Point

With views like these, the hefty price tag on rentals does not seem to put people off. To rent a three bedroom apartment in this area will set you back approx $1000 a week!

This view of the city from Cremorne

This view of the city from Cremorne from just left of the pool in Shell Cove

Cremorne Point Reserve

The reserve once housed the Cremorne Pleasure Gardens which operated from 1856 to 1862. A small ferry brought visitors from Sydney over to enjoy an afternoon or evening in the dance hall, riding the carousel, or showing off their skills with archery and pistol shooting.  The gardens attracted people who wanted to escape Sydney for the night to let their hair down. It closed after locals complained about the debaucherous behaviour and its popularity waned. Sound familiarly like our current lockout laws have a bit of history. These days you are more likely to find kids playing on swing sets and picnickers enjoying the view.  

National Trust listed Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens

Next up on the path, you will come to an area of well-planted garden beds leading down to the harbour’s edge. A local couple, Lex and Ruby, built these gardens in the late 1950s and today they are maintained by volunteers. 

Lex and Rudy Graham Garden

It’s worth stopping to read the plaque at the beginning of their garden.  

Unless you are in a hurry take a few minutes to wander down one of the little paths 

Lex and Ruby Graham Garden bed Cremorne Point Walk

They stretch to the water’s edge, and there are lots of small trails that criss-cross the garden to explore.

Mosman Bay Federation house

Back on the tracks and the impressive homes just keep on coming. This one is my personal favourite!  

Mosman waterfront home with pool

What I wouldn’t do for a backyard like this one! 

Break for lunch at Mosman Rowers 

With its stunning waterfront location, Mosman Rowers is a perfect place to stop for a quick drink – or just to stop 🙂 have a long lazy lunch and eventually head back to the ferry. 

Mosman Rowers Cremorne Point Walk

Mosman Rowers Club – an excellent way to end the Cremorne to Mosman Walk

How to get to Cremorne by public transport

Route F6  – Circular Quay to Mosman or F2 Taronga Zoo Ferry

Either of these will get you to Cremorne Point Wharf. However if like us you miss them and don’t fancy waiting 30 mins for the next one you can take the F5 to Neutral Bay and get off at Kurraba Wharf.  From here it is slightly longer walk with some steep hills to raise the heart rate, but it allows you to explore the full extent of Cremorne headland. 
Return to the Quay from Mosman Bay Wharf 

Resources

  • History and Guide to the Architecture of Cremorne Point (PDF)
  • Wildwalks map
  • History of Cremorne Point Reserve 

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