I’ve heard that unless you live over the other side of the Bridge (that’s North Sydney) it’s not worth visiting. Seeing as I’ve been a resident on this side of the city for the last few years, I thought I’d give you a good nine reasons to visit the area as there are some awesome things to see and do!
If you’re looking for things to do in Sydney, look no further as Kirribilli has it all!
1. Take A Walk / Bike Ride
I took this picture of the cycle lane on the harbour bridge. It’s a beautiful and safe ride.
How many of you out there can actually say you’ve walked over the Bridge? Start early in the morning and take in the incredible views of the bridge or use the easy to use cycle path on the other side and cycle over! You could even start along the Barangaroo path and cycle up through The Rocks before coming over the bridge. I used to cycle over it everyday for work and each day I had that “I’m actually living in Australia!” moment. You’ll feel awesome for getting the exercise in.
2. Kirribilli Markets
Make sure you pick a weekend when the Markets are on. They take place every other Saturday or Sunday and sell everything from crafts to pre-loved fashion. It’s located right under the bridge so if you haven’t walked, take the train to Milsons Point Station and walk on down to it (1 minute walk) It’s a great market for picking up gifts to send home and a few new clothes as well. Check out how I made $1000 selling my old clothes at this market.
3. Visit Wendy’s Secret Garden
There’s a beautiful walk right on the harbour which will take you round to Luna Park. If you keep on walking, turn right up some stairs you’ll find Wendy’s Secret Garden. This garden is absolutely amazing and a proper secret gem in the area. Built by Wendy, a local artist in memory of her husband, the garden has become a public sanctuary with lots of seating to sit and enjoy the view. It’s one of my favourite spots in Sydney!
4. Hire A Boat For The day
We hired a boat from Liquid Edge which picked us up right next to Luna Park. It cost us about $125 per person for 10 people to hire a sweet catamaran. It was awesome! We spent 4 hours sailing up to Rose Bay and back. I definitely recommend doing this for a special occasion!
5. Kayak around Sydney Harbour
You can hire out kayaks from either Kirribilli or Neutral Bay Beach. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do as I used to run along the harbour early in the mornings and always saw people going out for a paddle.
6. Take a Dip in North Sydney Olympic Pool
The best outdoor pool in the world has to be North Sydney Pool, next to Luna Park for its magnificent views of the harbour. There’s lanes to do some ‘proper swimming’ in as well as one to just chill. It’s geared up for families with multiple pools, a sun lounging deck and multiple cafes, and restaurants all around including Ripples and Aqua. For more budget friendly, I’d recommend popping up to Kirribilli Club, Sydney’s swankiest RSL club.
7. Bring a picnic
Why not bring a picnic and sit out at Bradfield Park and admire the views of the harbour. There’s a good amount of shade in this park as it’s right underneath the Harbour Bridge for the hotter months.
My gem was always Dr Mary Booth Lookout Reserve. I used to go to this park all the time. It’s got the best view of the Harbour, a sheltered picnic table and best of all, there’s rarely another person in sight! It’s especially awe-inspiring at night time as you look over to the lights of the city. You can gain access via Waruda road or by walking up on the front of the shore line and up the steps.
Dr Mary Booth Lookout Reserve is my top gem in Kirribilli
8. Running / Walking routes around the harbour
When I lived in Kirribilli, I used to get up most mornings to go running as it must be one of the best running routes in the world. You could start in Kirribilli Avenue, run along the harbour, up and around Blues Point Reserve and back is about 5km. This is also a fantastic walk. I also used to run over to Cremorne Reserve as well (a much longer route), which is absolutely picturesque and you’ll be wondering how on earth this is in Sydney.
9. Luna Park
Last but not least it would be a crime to write a post about Kirribilli and not include Luna Park! Australia’s iconic fun fair sits right on the harbour. Make sure you take a ride on the big wheel for fantastic views of the Harbour. If you didn’t know, they do a dinner for 2 on the ride from Oct-Mar on Sundays!
What’s your favourite thing to do in Kirribilli?
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