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Harbour Walk - Rushcutters Bay to Rose Bay

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The walk will take approximately three hours to complete the 5.5km from Rushcutters Bay to Lyne Park, Rose Bay. Add extra time for diversions along the way.

Getting there

The Bondi and Bay Explorer 222 services part of this walk with stops at New Beach Rd near the Cruising Yacht Club, Cross St Double Bay and Lyne Park, Rose Bay. Other buses include the 324 and 325 (Circular Quay to Watsons Bay) which link with Eastern Suburbs trains at nearby Kings Cross or Edgecliff Stations.

On weekdays a ferry links Circular Quay with Darling Point, Double, Rose bay and Watsons Bay. At weekends and public holidays the ferry omits Darling Point but calls at Taronga Zoo. Contact Sydney Buses and Ferries for timetables 13 15 00.

Places of interest along the Harbour Walk include:

Rushcutters Bay to Double Bay

Rushcutters Bay Park is a great spot for exercising, relaxing or just taking in the view of Sydney’s largest marina. Take the walk along New Beach Rd past the Cruising Yacht Club to Yarranabbe Park for views of Garden Island and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Whilst in the area you will see some magnificent nineteenth century properties including ‘Carthona’, ‘Lindesay’ and ‘Swifts.’

By following the walk onto Darling Point Rd you will come across the beautiful McKell Park. Built around the historic ruined foundations of ‘Canonbury,’ ‘Lansdowne’ and an earlier cottage dating from the 1840s, McKell Park offers breathtaking views of the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

McKell Park
McKell Park

Double Bay to Rose Bay

Steyne Park, Double Bay is a harbourside park with easy level access, only three minutes walk from the Double Bay shopping centre. Continue along the foreshore promenade adjacent to the beach and head up the hill via Beach St towards Rose Bay.

Before proceeding to Redleaf Pool take a short diversion to the quiet secluded Blackburn Gardens beside the Woollahra Library. Continue along New South Head Rd to Rose Bay Park. If you have time take a 40 minute return circuit to Lady Martins Beach on Point Piper along Wolseley Rd. Duff Reserve offers stunning harbour and if you’re feeling fit descend the stairs to the harbour-side terrace and gazebo.

This is one of the areas hidden treasures with massive figs on the banks, remnant rainforest and groves of Swamp Oaks beside a ribbon of white sands. Then take the promenade which curves around Rose Bay to Lyne Park.

Lyne Park reclaimed in 1900 – 1902 was used for many years as a flying boat base, with the last commercial flight to Lord Howe Island made in 1974. A seaplane service still operates from this location. Lyne Park is a great place for ball games, picnics, fishing or taking the toddlers to the playground.

Blackburn Gardens
Blackburn Gardens

View Harbour Walk - Rushcutters Bay to Rose Bay (PDF) brochure.

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