Parks and recreation facilities in Darling Point are excellent and with such amazing views, you can be sure getting outdoors is always inviting. Meander along the famous Harbourside walk to Elizabeth Bay, where you can enjoy a gourmet picnic, or build up a sweat, exercising in the park.
Other highlights include:
Named after Sir William McKell, a former Premier of New South Wales and Governor General of Australia, McKell Park in Darling Point is a stunning Sydney Harbour secret. The lush waterfront gardens are set behind large trees, and the heritage sandstone Canonbury Cottage provides a picturesque backdrop. Spectacular views are guaranteed everywhere you turn.
This historic Federation house, set within McKell Park, is a monument to the site's history. Once part of the grounds of Lindesay, the earliest house build on Darling Point (which still stands on the park’s southern border), this building served as a hospital from 1920 until 1981, and is available today as a picturesque venue.
Located on the eastern shores of Rushcutters Bay, the park has a playground and good views of the city and the local yachts. There is a restaurant and kiosk in nearby Rushcutters Bay Park.
A picnic island in the middle of the harbour, Shark Island sits right in Sydney Harbour, just 1km across from Rose Bay. With its lush grassy areas, picnic shelters, and amazing 360° views, the island is the perfect place for a harbour picnic or to catch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Cruising Yacht Club
Darling Point is home to the Australia’s Premier Yacht Club, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which runs the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and major sailing events including the Sydney Olympics.
Home to the privileged few, the residents of Point Piper include an elite mix of dignitaries, industry magnates, and politicians.
Current and former residents include founder of the Westfield Group Frank Lowry, Australian politician Malcolm Turnbull, recruitment executive Julia Ross, Aussie Home Loans CEO John Symond, fashion designer Charlie Brown, and Lachlan Murdoch (son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch).
Regarded the number one property location in Australia, Point Piper is also home to the most ultimate street address - Wolseley Road. Currently ranked the 9th most expensive street in the world.
In this illustrious locale, you’ll find residences that represent a magnificent in array of distinctive architectural styles including graceful Victorian, Edwardian and Federation architecture, quirky Art Deco, P&O and 1960s retro, as well as striking minimal and contemporary designs.
Prestigious architectural homes are resplendent with all the finest details - designer landscaped gardens, sparkling harbourfront pools, tennis courts, countless bathrooms and that multi-million dollar view right at their doorstep!
Bus services from Sydney’s CBD operate regularly along New South Head Road and connect Point Piper with surrounding suburbs.
A taxi ride into the city takes a handy five minutes (traffic permitting), and a trip to the airport is only 25 minutes away. If a train ride takes your fancy, then you’re only a 20 minute walk to Edgecliff train station.
There is no shortage of prestige schools to choose from. All within close proximity are Sydney Grammar, Sydney Boys and Girls High, Ascham, SCEGGS, Kambala, Scots and Cranbrook.
Nearby Double Bay and Rose Bay shopping villages, both offer the major supermarkets and specialty stores. Serious fashionistas will love Double Bay for its high-end fashion boutiques, homewares stores & art galleries; whereas a quick 10 minute trip into Westfield Bondi Junction - one of Sydney’s most popular shopping meccas - ensures all shopping tastes are catered for.
Fabulous eateries dot the harbourside suburbs close to Point Piper. Choose from the many on offer in Rose Bay, Double Bay and Watsons Bay, where everything from fine dining, right through to gourmet pizza and hamburgers, await your indulgence. Stand out restaurants include:
Catalina, one of Australia’s premier destination restaurants, is situated on a landmark Rose Bay site on Sydney Harbour’s eastern foreshore. Escape the hustle and bustle as you enjoy sophisticated dining with a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour, and only ambient harbour activity to keep you company.
The Swimmers Club
Take in the gentle waters of Rose Bay as you sip on your latte. Formerly the Rose Bay Marina Kiosk, The Swimmers Club is equally part relaxing and glamorous with a French Riviera-style fit out and coastal design aesthetic. Be happily served a casual breakfast or lunch surrounded by pineapple plants and palm trees.
The Sailors Club
Like stepping onto the deck of a million-dollar yacht adrift in the Caribbean, there is something both elegant and profoundly relaxing about The Sailors Club. A casual eatery and lounge bar with an approachable atmosphere and panoramic views of the marina, it’s open from breakfast to dinner and produces some of the finest food in Sydney.
A multitude of pretty secluded coves, harbour foreshore reserves and nearby beaches in this area, offer leisurely walks, lazy picnics spots and plenty of fun in the sun.
Seven Shillings Beach
Nestled between Double Bay and Point Piper, Seven Shillings Beach is a thin strip of sand that provides an ideal spot to get away from the beach-going crowds. Ideal for swimming, relaxing day with the family, or romantic picnic spot with gorgeous views of the Harbour.
Lady Martins Beach
The local’s best-kept-secret, Lady Martins Beach is a secluded beach in Felix Bay, tucked between the two headlands of Point Piper and Woollahra Point. Tip toe down a narrow lane next to the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club and you’ll discover a private haven perfect for sunbathing, swimming and soaking up the views.
The Royal Motor Yacht Club
Situated right on Sydney Harbour, the RMYC offers luxurious amenities with varied activities and functions that members and their guests can enjoy. The Club also provides a la carte dining, function facilities, state of the art gym, outdoor bbq area with children's playground and a 23 metre swimming pool.
Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club
Located on Felix Bay at Point Piper, the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, formed in 1922 is a private yacht club with membership by invitation only. Members are primarily keelboat sailors and a group of Masters level dinghy enthusiasts.
Vaucluse & Watsons Bay
Not too far away from Point Piper lie the gorgeous harbour beaches at Vaucluse and Watsons Bay. These gorgeous spots provide idyllic swimming, pretty walking trails and breathtaking city views.
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