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McKell Park

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Northern end of Darling Point Road, Darling Point.

The park is on the shores of Sydney Harbour with views of the Harbour Bridge to the west and Sydney Heads to the east


The park comprises grassed landscape terraces stepping down to the harbour foreshore and the public ferry wharf.

The Park is often used for wedding ceremonies as it has superb Harbour views and manicured gardens surrounded by magnificent mature trees. The Harbour and the well maintained gardens provide a perfect backdrop for any special occasion. It is a great vantage point to view Sydney Harbour activities. The heritage listed Canonbury Cottage is the centrepiece of the Park.


  • Darling Point Ferry Wharf and Darling Point Road
  • Park gates are open from dawn to dusk (ie. approximately 7:00am - 7:30pm)


  • Manicured lawns
  • Public ferry wharf
  • Public toilets
  • Sandstone sculptures
  • Exotic garden

Canonbury Cottage is located in the park and is available for limited hire for private functions, champagne toast and birthdays within the grounds.

Things to do

The park is a great place to

  • relax
  • have a picnic
  • take in the harbour view
  • view harbour activities
  • have your special ceremony or wedding


Discover the history of McKell Park and Canonbury cottage (PDF)

Plan of management

The use of the park and its long term development is subject to the plan of management developed in conjunction with the local community. Download a copy of the McKell Park Plan of Management (PDF)


Dogs are prohibited at all times

Prohibited activities

  • Weddings and private social events are restricted to less than 100 people
  • No marquees or wedding arches are permitted in association with the use of the park
  • The park is closed in the evenings except for New Year's Eve celebrations
  • Amusement devices such as jumping castles, petting zoos, kindy farms or pony rides

Additional Information

  • Wedding bookings shall not exceed 2 hours
  • Social bookings shall not exceed 4 hours
  • Weddings and private social events are restricted to less than 100 people
  • A maximum of 2 bookings permitted per day (i.e only 1 booking permitted at any given time)
  • An event bond of $250 is applicable for all wedding ceremonies and large social functions at McKell Park, and for weekend use of Canonbury Cottage
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