Cremorne Point Walk – The Best Harbour Walk in Sydney
Sydney is blessed with an abundance of public land lining the harbour’s edge, allowing us all access to explore the foreshore. Cremorne Point Walk is a fabulous way to see the city from a new perspective. If you are short of time, this is a lovely place to spend a few hours just soaking up the harbour views.
You can complete this nice easy walk in one hour or so, longer if you wish to stop to enjoy the view or stroll through the gardens.
What you will see on this short harbour walk
- A 33m harbourside swimming pool with federation style picket fence opened that in the 1930s
- Stunning views back across the harbour to the Sydney Opera House
- The very picturesque Robertson Point Lighthouse
- A gorgeous heritage-listed garden created by a local couple, Lex and Ruby Graham, in the 1960s that is possibly more of a secret garden than The Secret Garden
- Excellent examples of Federation architecture that are you will be daydreaming about for some time!
Step by Step Photo Guide to Cremorne Point Walk
So let’s get going.
When you exit the Cremorne Point ferry wharf, head to the left and walk along the foreshore away from the harbour so you can take in the view. Be sure to check out the picket-fenced swimming pool. When you are done, retrace your steps to Cremorne Reserve.
In warm weather, we suggest you pack your swimmers and take a dip in this lovely harbour pool with its views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Originally a rock pool created by former Olympic swimmer Fred Lane, the first proper version of the swimming 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 unless being cleaned. The North Sydney Council website lists the cleaning dates.
Harbourfront homes and stunning harbour views
The path is lined with large houses 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 been converted to apartments.
With views like these, the hefty price tag on rentals does not seem to put people off. Renting a three-bedroom apartment in this area will set you back approx $1000 a week!
Cremorne Point Reserve
Cremorne Point Reserve has a long history of making Sydneysiders happy. The reserve was once home to the Cremorne Pleasure Gardens, an amusement park that operated from 1856 to 1862. A small ferry brought visitors from Sydney across the harbour to enjoy an afternoon riding the carousel or showing off their archery and pistol shooting skills.
In the evening, a dance hall operated, attracting those who wanted to escape Sydney for the night to let their hair down in relative privacy. Sadly, it closed after residents complained about the debaucherous behaviour. Sound 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 city skyline view. There are public toilets if you need them before you start walking.
Robertson Point Lighthouse
Also known as Cremorne Point Lighthouse, the small but still active lighthouse sits on the tip of Roberton Point. You can walk out on the wharf by the lighthouse via a small bridge.
This is a brilliant spot to sit and watch life on the harbour. You can also get some lovely photos from here; it’s particularly pretty in the early morning light.
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 Sydney Harbour’s edge. A local couple built these gardens in the late 1950s and worked on them for the rest of their lives. Today they are maintained by volunteers.
Unless you are in a hurry, take a few minutes to wander down one of the little paths
The gardens stretch to the water’s edge, and there are lots of small trails that crisscross the space that kids will love to explore.
Back on the tracks and the impressive homes just keep on coming. This one is my personal favourite!
Lunch at Mosman Rowers
With its stunning waterfront location, the Rower’s Club is a perfect place to stop for a quick drink – or to stay and enjoy a long lazy lunch before you eventually head back to the ferry.
After lunch, if you feel like walking a little longer. You can continue around to Taronga Zoo, from Taronga Zoo to walk around to Bradley’s Head, Clifton Gardens or Balmoral Beach for more amazing views and some great food.
Cremorne Point Walk Key Facts
Public transport rating: super easy, ferry at start and finish (Cremorne Point and Mosman Wharf)
Wheel-friendly: Yes, almost the entire route is along concrete paths
Dog-friendly: yes, on a leash on the paths
Lunch options: Mosman Rowers or pack a picnic – there are picnic tables at Cremorne Point Reserve.
A similar walk – the Cremorne Point Circuit walk starts and finishes from the Cremorne Point Ferry Wharf, but we prefer to do it one way and finish at Mosman Rowers for a drink.
How to get to Cremorne Point Walk
By Public Transport
We highly recommend you travel to Cremorne by bus or ferry. Street parking is limited. You will probably find you walk further from your car than you will from the ferry.
Route F6 – Circular Quay to Mosman or F2 Taronga Zoo Ferry
It is only a 15-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay.
Either of these will get you to Cremorne Point Wharf. However, if, like us, you miss it 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 a 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.
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More of our popular Sydney Walks
We have dozens of walks on our site you can follow or stick with one of the most popular ones below.
- Federation Cliff Walk at Dover Heights
- Hermitage Foreshore Walk at Rose Bay
- Taronga to Balmoral Walk
- Berry Island Gadyan Track (dog-friendly)
- Watson’s Bay South Head Heritage Trail
We can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny day in Sydney than on one of these lower north shore walks and see the Sydney Harbour with new eyes.
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First published July 23 2013, fully checked and revised 4 June 2022