Your Guide To Darling Point Ferry Wharf

Disabled Access – NO

Food and Drink Options – NO

Tourist Attractions – YES

Transport Links – NO

Shopping Centre – NO

Nightlife – NO

Darling Point Ferry Wharf is situated on the south side of the Harbour and is part of the Sydney Ferries network, so enjoys very convenient ferry and bus links with the rest of the city. The wharf sits on Darling Point Road and is surrounded by the picturesque McKell Park. The park also features ample street parking.

History

There is plenty of evidence remaining in the area immediately surrounding the wharf, of demolished historic housing. You will also find the remains of a sandstone rock pool that was first built in the 1920s. Perhaps the primary reason to be dropped off at this wharf for history and architectural buffs, however, is its proximity to Lindesay, a house built in 1834 that stands as the earliest example of the gothic style in Sydney. Despite being aesthetically interesting, it has also been home to some of the city’s most important players throughout its almost 200-year history. The home was built by Campbell Drummond Riddell, a Scotsman who built the house whilst he was stationed as Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales. They remained there for only two years, however, after which it was purchased by the explorer Thomas Mitchell, who in turn sold it to his friend, the politician Charles Nicholson. The house passed between numerous political figures, doctors and wealthy businessmen, before being purchased by Charles and Mary Pye in 1926, whose son Walter, decided to give the home to the National Trust in 1963. For the last 50 years, it has been maintained by the National Trust as not only a tourist attraction, but a testament to the men and women who built their lives, and their country, within its walls.

Attractions

The park which you will enter upon disembarking from the wharf is McKell Park, a small and quiet little hidden gem that is rarely frequented by tourists. A set of mature, formal gardens frame one of the greatest views in the city, making it very popular with couples. It’s also a great spot for fishing and is commonly used as a location for small wedding ceremonies. The site is exceptionally well-maintained and is also close to Canonbury Cottage, which offers catering and toilet facilities. The wharf also looks out over Clark Island, a national park that takes up less than a single hectare of space. There is no ferry service to the island, but there are picnic tables, toilets and drinking water, so it is popular with private charter companies and passengers wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a time. The island’s name derives from Lieutenant Ralph Clark, an officer of the First Fleet who kept his own vegetable garden on the island, which was tended to by convicts. The garden was notoriously unsuccessful, however, as any produce was soon stolen. There is little else in the immediate area, though if you venture south you’ll find Richies Café & Convenience, a charming little local deli, and the Darling Point Mini-Mart for general goods.