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Milson’s Point Walk to Lavender Bay

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This Milson’s Point walk is one of my favourite Sunday afternoon walks.  It’s a nice relaxing stroll that only takes an hour but can take longer if you stop and sit to soak up the view.

Walk along the Harbour’s northern foreshore past Luna Park, the Olympic pool with a view and through Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay before finishing with some drinks to reward your efforts.

To get to the starting point take the train to Milson’s Point Station or a ferry from Circular Quay to the Milson’s Point Wharf.

Milson's Point Wharf and Luna Park

Once you arrive the decisions begin, unless you are in a hurry head right and walk along just past the eastern side of the bridge for this lovely view below.

Kirribilli Point

Then you could:

Visit the North Sydney Olympic Pool for a swim with a view.

This art deco inspired complex opened in 1936 and hosted events from the Empire Games.  Entry costs $7.30 for adults and $3.60 for kids.

Nicki Mannix North Sydney Olympic Pool


Try out the rides at Luna Park

It’s tempting to walk into the big smiling mouth to see what he is so happy about.  If you have a bit of time, why not, entry to the park is free – you just pay for the rides you choose

Luna Park North Sydney

Luna Park opened in 1935; it is one of only two amusement parks in the world that are protected by government legislation.

Now on to the walk

Begin by following the harbour edge past Luna Park and around Lavender Bay to Clark Park and the secret garden.

The secret garden was built by Wendy Whiteley, the wife of famous Australian Artist Brett Whiteley.  It is a beautiful place for a picnic, some meditation or to sit and read a book. There are lots of nooks and crannies throughout the garden so you can find your own little piece of solitude and shade. We are indebted to Wendy for building and maintaining the fantastic garden. In 2009, she was awarded an Order of Australia medal for her work here.

Wendy's Secret Garden

This side of the Bridge is also a good place to take a beautiful photo with the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House in the same shot.  All up this walk takes about an hour and a half if you stop at to take photos at the spots on the way.  If you walked at a decent pace non-stop, you could do it in an hour.

When you finish exploring the garden you can head back to Luna Park Wharf you can catch a ferry to Circular Quay or even Darling Harbour. Alternatively, walk back to Milson’s Point Station for a train across the bridge.

Not ready to go home yet?  If you fancy a drink to finish your afternoon off you could try the Kirribilli Club between the garden and Luna Park or The Deck back near the wharf.

If you happen to visit on the 4th Saturday of the month, you the Kirribilli Markets are held just outside the station.

6 Comments on Milson’s Point Walk to Lavender Bay

  1. Walking Sydney would be great fun. That garden looks fantastic.

  2. What a perfect place to take a stroll on a beautiful day. With the breathtaking views of the opera house and the bridge, you can’t go wrong. Hopefully, I will make it to Sydney some day and take in all the beautiful sights!

  3. An afternoon stroll is just perfect for taking in the sights of Sydney- thanks for sharing!

  4. I love a good walking tour! This has inspired me to do some walking around my own city (Philly) – although it’s snowing right now, so I might wait for it to warm up a bit 🙂

  5. I love your blog! I live right near this walk and run it most days. Great work 🙂

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