Your Guide To Cabarita Ferry Wharf

Disabled Access – NO

Food and Drink Options – YES

Tourist Attractions – NO

Transport Links – YES

Shopping Centre – NO

Nightlife – NO

Opening Hours – 24hrs

Cabarita Ferry Wharf sits south of the Parramatta River and is an ideal pick up point for those residing in the area of Cabarita, a picturesque Sydney suburb located about 16km from the CBD (Sydney’s Central Business District) that is mainly made up of residential space, but also features a number of recreational facilities. Cabarita Park surrounds the wharf and either side you will find a beach and swimming centre. The wharf features bus links and ferries to Circular Quay and Parramatta. Note that planning is currently underway for renovation on the wharf, which will eventually add improved seating areas, disabled access, more effective wayfinding and signage, plus the capacity for additional ferry services.

History

The Cabarita suburb is named after the Aboriginal word, which simply means “by the water.” The park that gives the area its name was first purchased by soldier David Anderson in 1795 and was reserved for public recreation in 1856. The area was once heavily industrial, but housing began to take over the industrial areas in the early 19th century. The Old Bushell’s coffee and tea factory is the only evidence that remains of the areas former industrial glory.

Within Cabarita Park, history buffs will find the famous Federation Pavilion, from which Lord Hopetoun announced the birth of the modern nation of Australia to over 60,00 people in 1901, which was moved from Centennial Park two years later, where it has stood ever since. They will also find the William Beach monument, which honours the professional Australian sculler (rower), who was unbeaten as World Sculling Champion between 1884 and 1887.

Attractions

The wharf is placed on the eastern corner of Cabarita Park, which is one of the more popular family parks in this area of Sydney, with free BBQ equipment and clean, clear waters that are perfect for fishing. The park also has a small beach and a decent play area for the children with a shaded picnic spot. Parking in the area is expensive, but if you arrive by boat you’ve already negated the only real negative aspect of this perfect slice of greenery. The park also has its very own swimming centre with a saltwater pool, shower rooms and a handy little cafe for snacks and hot drinks. The Breakfast Point Country Club, situated in the adjoining suburb of the same name, is a quiet and relaxed establishment that’s a very popular wedding venue and also features a pool, spa and gym.

Restaurants & Bars

Vela is a restaurant and bar situated on the peak of Cabarita Point, with ocean views and a simple, elegant décor underlining the Italian-focused, Mediterranean cuisine. There are precious few other options in the immediate area, but a short walk away, in the adjoining Breakfast Point suburb, there are plenty of options. Otto Pezzi is a traditional Italian eatery that serves wood-fired pizza in a casual environment, whilst Olive Kitchen specialises in European cuisine in a breezy, pared-back setting with floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor seating. Noi Due, meanwhile, is something of a local institution, whilst Asako dishes out the best Japanese food in the inner west region.