LifestyleThe esteemed harbourside suburb of Darling Point - only 4kms from the city, - is famous for its incredible real estate and breathtaking harbourside location. One of the most exclusive locations in Australia, it superbly blends the opulence of bygone eras with modern urban convenience.
This idyllic peninsula that rests between Rushcutters Bay and Double Bay and reaches North out across Sydney Harbour, has always attracted prominent and wealthy residents. Overflowing with historical significance, it showcases many beautiful spots that attract visitors from all over Sydney and beyond.
McKell Park, at the northern end of Darling Point Road, captures panoramic harbour vistas and is a popular location for picnics and weddings. It is also has access to Darling Point Ferry Wharf where you can cruise the waters for and breathe in the very best views in town.
When it comes to dining, Darling Point is just a quick skip to an abundance of eateries and cool cafes.
Head over to hip Potts Points where everything from an fabulous latte to an expresso martini, or mouth-watering Asian meal is on offer. Alternatively, head to the colourful Kings Cross and Darlinghurst Road where a limitless number of nightclubs, bars and theatres beckon eager party goers.
For those with more discerning taste, it’s only a quick taxi trip in any direction and you have the very best restaurants in Sydney at your beck and call.
PeopleFriendly retirees, ambitious professionals and young families, love the convenience and sophistication of beautiful Darling Point.
HomesThere is no denying property in Darling Point is pricey, but that’s to be expected when you have the crème de la crème of real estate and awe-inspiring harbour views at your doorstep.
A concentration of high rise apartments along Darling Point Road, take in breathtaking harbour views, meticulously restored early 20th century family showcase the best in premium living, and a select number of Victorian grand mansions, magnificently stand the test of time, in this enviable address.
For those who love a trip down memory lane, this suburb boasts some of the best heritage listed properties in Australia. Take a peek at:
Situated near McKell Park, this 1935 mansion is designed in Moorish and Art Deco styles. It’s unique displays doors from an ancient mosque in Zanzibar and a traditional Japanese garden. In 1948 the United States Government used the mansion as the official residence of the Consul General. Today, it is privately owned.
Built in 1841 for the Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell, Carthona is a harbourside sandstone mansion located at the end of Carthona Avenue. With panoramic water views that stretch across Double Bay to Point Piper, and out north to Manly, it is regarded as one of Sydney's most valuable properties. Currently the residence is held by the descendants of Philip Bushell, the renowned tea merchant.
The Drill Hall
Part of the Sir David Martin Reserve on New Beach Road in Rushcutters Bay, The Drill Hall was previously part of the Royal Australian Navy base, HMAS Rushcutters, and is one of the oldest surviving Australian military buildings. Today it is available as a venue and rehearsal space for the arts, training and film shoots.
Built in 1834, the house of Lindesay is listed by the Heritage Council as a building of historical significance. It was the first major house to be constructed on Darling Point and is the earliest example of a domestic Gothic style in Sydney. Some of its residents were colourful figures who played an important part in the history of New South Wales. Today it is owned by the National Trust of Australia.
TransportDarling Point ferry wharf links to Eastern Suburbs ferry services and nearby railway station Edgecliff means you can get to most suburbs in Sydney quickly and easily.
SchoolsThere is no shortage of exclusive schools to choose from in the suburbs surrounding Darling Point. For primary aged children there is Double Bay Primary School and Ascham School for Girls. Secondary schools include Scots College Presbyterian School, Cranbrook School (est 1918), Kambala and Kincoppal.
Not far from Darling Point, along New South Head road is Double Bay. This shopping precinct reflecting a European village is a hive of activity with designer labels, boutique shops, cafes, sporting clubs and trendy bars lining the quaint side streets.
Sydney CBD Shopping
With its blend of historic and ultra-modern shopping arcades and shopping malls packed with designer fashion for all ages, Sydney's CBD caters to every possible shopping whim.
For the full experience visit The Strand Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building, the grand old dames of Sydney shopping. Pitt Street Mall is home to one of the busiest shopping strips in the world and Sydney Central Plaza and the slick Westfield Sydney both offer the best in designer and European labels.
No major city is complete without flagship department stores, and Myer and David Jones keep Sydney competing with the best. Other inner-city shopping hotspots include the elegant Chifley Plaza, The Galeries Victoria, and World Shopping Centre.
This restaurant is one of those suburban ‘hidden gems´s that you locals keep to themselves. Tucked away at the bottom of Darling Point, a large part of it’s success is chef and co-owner Felix Rutz. Known for his authentic Swiss-Italian cooking and ever-changing menu, Chef Rutz knows all about fresh produce 300+ Reslaurant ReViews and how to use it successfully. You will be hard pressed to find fresher produce, especially on a quiet, suburban Sydney street.
Pink Salt in Cross Street Double Bay has been attracting Eastern Suburb patrons for the past ten years, ever since achieving fame off the back of reality television show My Restaurant Rules. Offering refreshing dining experience, with a Mediterranean accent and relaxed surrounds, the cuisine comprises of contemporary Australian comfort style food on an elevated level.
Recreational FacilitiesParks and recreation facilities in Darling Point are excellent and with such amazing views, you can be sure getting outdoors is always inviting. Meander along the famous Harbourside walk to Elizabeth Bay, where you can enjoy a gourmet picnic, or build up a sweat, exercising in the park.
Other highlights include:
Named after Sir William McKell, a former Premier of New South Wales and Governor General of Australia, McKell Park in Darling Point is a stunning Sydney Harbour secret. The lush waterfront gardens are set behind large trees, and the heritage sandstone Canonbury Cottage provides a picturesque backdrop. Spectacular views are guaranteed everywhere you turn.
This historic Federation house, set within McKell Park, is a monument to the site's history. Once part of the grounds of Lindesay, the earliest house build on Darling Point (which still stands on the park’s southern border), this building served as a hospital from 1920 until 1981, and is available today as a picturesque venue.
Located on the eastern shores of Rushcutters Bay, the park has a playground and good views of the city and the local yachts. There is a restaurant and kiosk in nearby Rushcutters Bay Park.
A picnic island in the middle of the harbour, Shark Island sits right in Sydney Harbour, just 1km across from Rose Bay. With its lush grassy areas, picnic shelters, and amazing 360° views, the island is the perfect place for a harbour picnic or to catch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Cruising Yacht Club
Darling Point is home to the Australia’s Premier Yacht Club, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which runs the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and major sailing events including the Sydney Olympics.