KIRRIBILLI AND LAVENDER BAY At A Glance
Kirribilli and neighbouring Lavender Bay – which takes in Milsons Point – are prestigious and stately in nature, and why wouldn’t they be when locals include Australia’s Governor General. Established during the 1790s, this glamorous harbourside neighbourhood claims top spot for location, with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House, the city and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Its harbourside location, killer views and the city being only a stroll across the Harbour Bridge.
Off the well-beaten tourist path, Celsius Café is tucked away on Kirribilli Wharf – a brunch destination with incredible views.
Kirribilli is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Kiarabilli’ meaning good fishing spot.
This perfectly positioned cluster of neighbourhoods has a stylish casual vibe with foreshore walks, parklands to picnic in and one of Sydney’s oldest markets with 120 stalls to roam around – all nestled in the shadows of the Harbour Bridge.
Kirribilli Village and its surrounds have multicultural dining options to whet any appetite, from a relaxed brunch at Ripples Milsons Point to fine dining at Aqua Restaurant. During the evenings, people crowd into the small eateries which line Broughton Street, vying for limited seating.
Being a world-class destination, oversized coaches roll down to the harbour along Olympic Drive where they offload tourists taking in the jaw-dropping views. Languages from around the world can be heard as you wander through the streets as independent travellers experience the Harbour Bridge walk and refreshments on the north side of the harbour.
Three ferry wharves take commuters directly to the city – catch the Kirribilli Ferry and you will have full views of Kirribilli House and Admiralty House, the Sydney residences of the Prime Minister and Governor General.
The iconic larger than life clown face of Luna Park draws people into its retro style theme park where dining options are aplenty. Stick to the foreshore walk and let it guide you around to the Lavender Bay parklands which comprise Clark Park, Watt Park, Quibaree Park and Wendy’s Garden – popular among fitness buffs who pound the extensive walkways and swim laps in North Sydney Olympic Pool all before a day’s work.
One of the oldest and most popular markets in Sydney, the Kirribilli Markets attracts Sydneysiders from all over. Over 120 stalls in and around Kirribilli Bowling Green sell art, design, fashion and homewares.
This beautifully-positioned urban hub is home to established mature professionals who indulge in the lifestyle that Kirribilli, Lavender Bay and Milsons Point have to offer.
Young city workers love the ease of access, whilst perched along Kirribilli peninsula in the grand surrounds are the official residences of the Australian Prime Minister and Governor General. Jump over to the other side of Bradfield Park and Milson’s Point Station and business professionals occupy the corporate high rises, some of which are being redeveloped at the upper end of Alfred Street.
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The location is simply the best feature of this cluster of neighbourhoods offering the best of urban living with spectacular views. Absolutely everything is within walking distance, including a casual 30-minute stroll to work across the Harbour Bridge.
BY LAND OR SEA
Drive, bike, walk, train, bus or boat – the option is yours on your daily commute.
Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay is the handiwork of artist Brett Whiteley’s widow, Wendy. She has created a beautiful garden in the shadows of office towers overlooking Lavender Bay. Native and exotic plants line paths that wind through the garden, creating a haven of peace and tranquillity for those reminiscing on love and loss
The jacarandas in full bloom along McDougall Street next to Milson Park – an historic area that boasts towering palm trees and handsome figs – provide a purple umbrella over a beautiful green space that is tucked away in a secluded cove – the perfect place to spend lazy spring and summer days.
The Ensemble Theatre is Australia’s longest, continuously running professional theatre company with regular live performances – tucked away in the cove near Milson Park.
The iconic amusement park has over 20 thrill-seeking rides for kids of all ages, including The Wild Mouse rollercoaster. Luna Park is home to The Deck Bar and Restaurant, plus venues that host a range of party and wedding celebrations.
There is a wealth of dining choices with cuisines from many cultures offering quick bites to relaxed dining. Grab some takeaway and sit in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge at Bradfield Park – the kids will have ample space to run around.
Dive into the historic North Sydney Olympic Pool where 86 world records were set, situated beneath the Harbour Bridge and next to Luna Park. Try not to be distracted by the incredible views.
Stroll along the foreshore from Kirribilli to Lavender Bay passing by Luna Park, a retro outdoor theme park that has been the focus of controversy over the years for its prime real estate and noisy rides.
The small neighbourhood pockets of Kirribilli, Milsons Point, and Lavender Bay have the best views in Sydney – the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the magnificent Sydney Harbour. However, this comes with a gobsmacking price tag with median house prices hovering around the $3 million mark.