Heading over to the other side of Sydney Harbour Bridge to maybe Kirribilli Markets but not sure what are the best things to do in Kirribilli? After living in the area for a few years, there’s loads of things to do in Lower North Shore. You’ll find some of the best restaurants in Sydney with the best harbour views without the price tag!
If you’re looking for things to do in Sydney, look no further as Kirribilli has it all!
1. Find the famous jacaranda trees in Kirribilli
Kirribilli’s McDougall Street becomes swamped with instagrammers during Spring as it’s one of Sydney’s most famous jacaranda tree lined streets. It’s a beautiful street but make sure you get there early in the morning before the crowds turn up.
If you’re wondering how to find the famous jacaranda tree street in Kirribilli, it’s just a six minute walk from Milson’s Point Station to McDougall Street and it’s on the same street as the beautiful Foys restaurant and cafe. Make sure you pop in and have a drink or some food with views on the water, it’s one of our favourite places to eat in the area!
The insta famous street in Kirribilli is on Beulah Street.
Then pop around the corner onto Kirribilli Avenue to find the famous insta viewpoint of Sydney Opera House on Beulah Street. We used to live on Kirribilli Avenue and loved this unique viewpoint of the Opera House.
2. Shop at 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).
Kirribilli Markets is a great market for picking up gifts to send home and grabbing a few bargains as well.
If you’re looking to sell your clothes at a Kirribilli Markets, it’s super easy to organise.
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.
Wendy’s 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 that we’ve written all about favourite secret gardens 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 for Steve’s birthday. 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. Go for a picnic in Kirribilli
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. Get the ferry over and eat at Celsius Coffee Co.
There are loads of ways to get to Kirribilli from the CBD, you have the bus, train and ferry to consider. We recommend jumping on the ferry from Circular Quay over to Kirribilli Wharf and prepare to wait it out to get a seat at Celsius Coffee Co.
The wharf turned restaurant is right on the water and has been featured by some of the top instafamous Australians in the country. Get the amazing waffles, this is the reason why this cafe has become a well known favourite! No bookings can be made so be prepared to que.
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!
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