Cremorne Point – One of Sydney’s Prettiest Walks

When friends come to Sydney it’s compulsory to do the Bondi to Bronte walk. It’s stunning, it’s famous, it never gets old. But there’s another walk that I’m now putting on my Must List whenever visitors are in town, and it has views that give Bondi to Bronte a run for their money.

Cremorne Point is just a matter of minutes from Sydney’s Circular Quay by ferry, and we all know hopping on a ferry and cruising past the Opera House and Harbour Bridge is another compulsory tourist activity in Sydney.

When you step ashore and look back at the perfect city views you’ll understand why so many people love living in this special part of the world, and may join me in dreaming about moving into some of the beautiful homes that look out onto it every day.

Once upon a time, back in 1856 to be exact, Cremorne Point was a seaside amusement park with a carousel, music stage, a shooting gallery and more. In the 1870s it had a close call with being turned into a coal mine, but fortunately people protested and those crazy greenies (if that’s what they were called back then) won the day and saved it from a horrible fate.

Today it’s a very special spot, and not just because of those killer views. The Cremorne Reserve stretches around the shoreline and is a mix of bushland, garden areas and formal lawns.

If the weather’s warm, you may want to pop a swimsuit in your bag and take a dip in Maccallum Pool, a truly charming pool with a timber deck perched on the edge of the harbour.

Maccallum Pool, Cremorne Point

The walk around the point is around three kilometres, and you can take yourself on a little self-guided tour thanks to plaques sharing the area’s history as you go.

One of my favourite spots is the Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens, or “The Garden That Grew from an Elephant’s Ear”.  Once a rubbish filled eyesore, things changed in 1959 when Lex Graham found an Elephant’s Ear bulb floating in the rockpool below. He planted the bulb for his new bride, Ruby, and the two of them stated clearing the rubbish out, removing mattresses, refrigerators, even whalebone corsets and a kitchen sink. They then put in garden beds and sweet winding paths. It’s now a National Trust listed spot that I love to visit.

As you walk past this magical little garden, the carefully tended plants start to give way to bushland, and you weave your way along, crossing a little wooden bridge under the shade of twisted trees and ferns, continuing along until you find The Mosman Rowers Club, a top little spot to grab a thirst quenching drink or have a bite to eat.

While it’s not the most regular of ferry stops from here you can catch a ferry back to the city, or you can do as I did and enjoy the walk again in reverse, spotting new things the second time along the path.

And if you time it right you can take a seat on the grass and watch a sunset you’ll never forget.

Cremorne Point sunset

Yes, it’s a very special little spot. And if you find it hard to tear yourself away, you may want to spend the night in one of the oldest continually run guesthouses in the world, the Cremorne Point Manor Boutique Hotel. Found just up the road from where I took this sunset shot, it’s a sweet four star boutique hotel and the perfect spot to base yourself and continue the Cremorne love.

Who wants to rush back to real life after a walk like this, after all.

Looking for more fun Sydney ideas? Check out my list of 20 great tours and things to do in Sydney for every budget. 

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As a journalist who loves to travel and is fond of a chat I'm oh so happy when I'm sharing travel tales and tips. When I'm not travelling or writing about it I can be found out and about with friends, curled up at home with a good book or watching an addictive tv show promising I'll stop after one more episode. Amanda on Google +

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  1. Great post Amanda. Having lived in Sydney my whole life I am guilty of not ever having done either the Cremorne Point walk or the Bondi to Bronte walk. I’m going to change that though once this humidity disappears and the weather cools off a bit.

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