If you’re looking for a very, very beautiful walk, look no further.
This one has the best Harbour views, a lovely sea pool and even a playground. Quick, grab the pram, get going!
Cremorne Point Foreshore WalkNB just click on the Print Friendly button at the bottom of this post to make a print-friendly version
Cremorne Point is one of the loveliest of the harbour’s peninsulas, and the walk around its forested foreshore gives splendiferous views of the city and bridge as well as the most delightful watery vistas over Shell Cove and Mosman Bay.
It is all tall trees and soft green grass, the tinkling of rigging on the yachts moored in the bays and cries of passing birds.
Incredibly, this little slice of heaven is just a 10 minute ferry journey from Circular Quay. Cremorne Point is a terrific place for visitors to the city to explore, a secret forest hideaway just across the water from the urban jungle.
This walk does have some steps on its route and although there are not too many, the walk is definitely best travelled with two adults to one stroller. The path itself is sealed and very smooth all the way around the point.
As with so many of these walks by the water there is no protective fence, and for most of the journey the path runs above the sea with some steep drops to the water below and its rocky edges. So if small children are walking they need a great deal of care.
There are two ways to do this walk, one for car drivers and the other for ferry users. Car drivers can park at the very beginning of Cremorne Point and essentially walk in a loop around the point then cut back across the peninsula to arrive back at the car.
Ferry users have the pleasurable prospect of arriving at Cremorne Point Wharf and then walking round Mosman Bay to pick up a ferry at Mosman Wharf. Bus travellers can follow either option. Whichever option is taken, start and finish where and when it suits.
The Cremorne Point Foreshore Walk is an excellent one to do on a hot sunny day as almost the entire route is shaded by trees and a refreshing dip in the sparkling MacCallum Pool can be enjoyed en route. There are many shady spots for picnics.
Length of walk: Just over 3 kilometres for both options
Time to walk: 1 hour for both options, but it would be folly and madness not to prolong the pleasures with a picnic
Start: Bogota Avenue, Cremorne
Toilets: At Cremorne Point itself, near the playground
Map reference: Gregory’s 316 E12, Sydway 46 Q4, UBD 216 K12
Parking: Street parking on Bogota Avenue and surrounding streets, can be busy
Nearest ferry: Cremorne Point
Bus stop nearby: Yes
Start at the Bogota Avenue entrance to Cremorne Reserve where there is a large noticeboard introducing the walk and the story of the original Aboriginal inhabitants. The first steps, 12 of them going down, are close to the entrance.
The path meanders above the shores of Shell Cove, with lovely grassy patches on both sides of the path and tall trees around and about. In the cool shade with the boats bobbing in the cove and the city skyscrapers off in the distance, walkers may well feel like having a laugh with the kookaburras.
Dotted along the path are interpretative boards, the first gives information about the bush, the second on the Aboriginal people who originally lived here.
The views to the west, over Kurraba and Kirribilli Points and towards the city are breathtaking, but to cop a real blow to the visual solar plexus, take a look at the homes on the other side of the path.
There are some vast single houses and many extremely ritzy apartment blocks. The big surprise is how few of them have people out on the balcony, soaking up the views their zillions of dollars have bought them.
Paths lead up to the houses and apartments here and there along the path, and not too far into the walk there is a path (not sign posted, unfortunately) that leads up to Sirius Park playground, which has a boat-themed play structure and a viewing deck. There are numerous steps on the path leading up to it.
Proceeding along the path there are more and more delicious views and soon a splendid spot for waterbabies, MacCallum Pool (click on name to read post and see photos).
Suffice here to say that it is madness not to stop here for a splash or a look at the very least. A board explains the history of the pool.
It is only a short amble from here to Milson Road which leads down to Cremorne Point Wharf. Cross straight over Milson Road and walk along the path beside the red brick buildings.
This path will meet the path from the top of the long flight of steps up from the wharf. Those coming to Cremorne Point by ferry are advised to exit the wharf and walk left along the pavement on Milson Road, then along the path to have a look at MacCallum Pool. Then retrace your steps and cross over Milson Road.
At the place where the houses stop, the main path of the foreshore walk veers sharp left to go alongside Mosman Bay but it is worth continuing on straight ahead to the playground, where there are public toilets and a board detailing the history of Cremorne Gardens, as the Point used to be known.
This path goes right to the end of the Point, the tip is actually known as Robertson Point. There are more information boards and seats here to take in the view. At the very end, rocky steps go down to the lighthouse. These steps are not at all suitable for strollers. Click here to read about the secret lighthouse at the very tip of the Point.
Returning to the main path, the waters of Mosman Bay now appear and the paths wanders above the foreshore, undulating gently. The views really are gorgeous here, with boats, ferries and spectacular homes to be seen on the Mosman side.
More boards point out the salient features of the area, such as the architecture and the untouched foreshore with its tumbling vegetation and rocky water’s edge. There is a beautiful patch of cultivated garden where benches invite one to recline and contemplate the heavenly scenery.
Around two-thirds of the way along the Point, a path goes down to the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club. Just past this there are three steps to go up and then a longish slope leads down to Old Cremorne Wharf. The path then leads up again and there are six steps to negotiate.
The path turns into a road called Bromley Avenue for a very short distance, at the end of which are steps that lead up to Hodgson Avenue and should be taken by those wishing to return to a car parked at Bogota Avenue.
There is a large ‘Welcome to Cremorne Reserve’ sign here and an information board. Just ahead and along the path are flights of steps that lead up to Spofforth Street. This is not the best option at all with a stroller.
At the end of Bromley Avenue are nine narrow steps which lead to the path to Mosman Bay Wharf. It is possible to bypass these by taking the easier path to the left and then rejoining the path a little further along. The trees and vegetation here are very dense and lush, giving one the feeling of being in the middle of a jungle.
The path continues through dense trees and crosses a stream, over a small wooden bridge. This part of the walk is called Harnett Park, and here the path is a bit older and not as smooth as elsewhere.
Eleven steps down must soon be negotiated, and the water’s edge is neared again. The path passes by Mosman Rowing Club and into a small carpark.
Ahead is Reid Park with its small, enclosed playground with swings and a wide slide. The road between the park and the water is Centenary Drive.
Follow that to Mosman Wharf which is only a few minutes’ walk away.
Walking around Cremorne Point is one of the loveliest expeditions in Sydney, so don’t be put off by having to push a stroller. Just bring two adults. Look, I love this walk so give me a call and I’ll pop down and give you a hand on the steps!
See you there!
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