Your Guide To Double Bay Ferry Wharf

Disabled Access – NO

Food and Drink Options – YES

Tourist Attractions – NO

Transport Links – YES

Shopping Centre – YES

Nightlife – YES

Double Bay Ferry Wharf is situated at the south side of the Harbour and is part of the Sydney Ferries network. The Australian 18 Footers League Club maintain a function centre at the wharf and you will also find two beautiful beaches nearby with a stream of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping options also nearby. Ferry services from this wharf are regular, however you might have to walk a short distance for bus connections.

History

Many have noted that Double Bay almost feels like a completely different city when compared to the controlled chaos of Sydney’s CBD (central business district). An affluent harbourside suburb, the real estate value in Double Bay is higher than anywhere else in Australia. The suburb is named for its location, nestled between Point Piper and Darling Point, and is often jokingly referred to as “Double Pay” due to the affluence of its residents and the shopping area, which primarily features high-end boutiques and fashion labels. The bay was developed soon after the first European settlers touched down in 1788 and was initially used as a shelter for local fishermen and as farmland. It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that it began to develop a reputation as a more affluent area, after the boat shed first built at Balmain was transferred to Double Bay by Charles Amos.

Attractions

The area contains a variety of upscale boutiques, salons, bars and restaurants to cater to upmarket shoppers and diners, while trendy coffee spots and cocktail bars also tend to attract a younger, hipster crowd. Double Bay Beach, located immediately after departing the wharf, is a small, clean and quiet private beach, whilst the popular Redleaf Beach, also known as Seven Shillings Beach, draws sunbathers and swimmers, locals and tourists alike, to Murray Rose Pool, a large tidal swimming pool that also offers shaded seating areas and covered changing facilities. The beach itself, meanwhile, is rarely crowded, even in the summer months, and also features a number of small grassy areas, perfect for picnics. There is also the glorious surrounding Redleaf Gardens to explore and a walkable jetty with sweeping views across the water to Darling Point and Sydney Harbour Bridge. A short walk south from the wharf you’ll find yourself in Double Bay’s commercial district, which, features a number of luxury shops, supermarkets and plenty more besides.

Restaurants & Bars

The Australian 18 Footers League clubhouse was first built in 1961 before being rebuilt to modern standards in 1990. The club caters for members and guests and is open 7 days a week with a fully licensed bar and restaurant with a deck looking out on the Harbour. The sailing club itself also has a long history. It was formed in 1935 by a group of keen 18 Footer sailors and is one of the largest and most famous institutions of its kind in the world. Towards Redleaf Beach, you’ll also find the popular Redleaf Café nestled in the bosom of the Woolahra Council building. For more ostentatious fare, venture south into the belly of Double Bay’s commercial district. Here you’ll find a cluster of high-end bars and restaurants. There are so many to choose from here (over 50 restaurants in the immediate area alone) that it would take pages and pages to list the virtues of each. Some of the most popular eateries include the achingly hip Pelicano seafood restaurant, which serves inventive dishes in a lounge-style setting with a pop-art décor; Pink Salt, with its chic atmosphere and decadent, modern Australian cuisine; Arte Biana, which serves some of the most popular pizzas in the city; and The Sheaf, a traditional style pub with heaps of character and a perpetual garden party in the rear. For drinks and nightlife, meanwhile, you’re also spoilt for choice, with Mrs Sippy, the Bibo Wine Bar and Brick Lane offering decidedly trendy drinks in decidedly trendy locales to a crowd of young socialites on a nightly basis.