McKell Park

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COVID-19 safety

Our beaches, harbourside pools and parks are open.

To provide increased evening exercise opportunities for our residents, sports lighting is currently activated from 6.45pm - 8.30pm Monday to Friday at all of our sportsgrounds: Andrew Petrie Oval and Woollahra Oval 2 and 3 (Woollahra), Christison Park (Vaucluse), Trumper Oval (Paddington) and Lyne Park (Rose Bay).

Please maintain good hygiene and social distancing when using our fitness equipment and playgrounds. Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings.

For updates on outdoor gathering restrictions, visit NSW Health.

Our staff and security personnel will be monitoring crowds at the Woollahra Council beaches and parks. If these locations reach full capacity to the extent where social distancing requirements cannot be met, we will need to stop public entry until people leave the location and more space becomes available. Check our social media and VMS boards in our popular recreational locations for updates.

We hope you enjoy our outdoor places and spaces.

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McKell Park is on the shores of Sydney Harbour with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the west and Sydney Heads to the east. It is a great vantage point to view Sydney Harbour activities.

The park comprises grassed landscape terraces stepping down to the harbour foreshore and the public ferry wharf. It is often used for wedding ceremonies as it has superb harbour views and manicured gardens surrounded by magnificent mature trees. The heritage listed Canonbury Cottage is the centrepiece of the park.

Getting here

159 Darling Point Road, Darling Point

  • 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 available for limited hire for private functions, champagne toast and birthdays within the grounds.


Dogs are prohibited at all times


  • 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


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)

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