Your Guide To Jeffrey Street Wharf

Disabled Access – NO Food and Drink Options – YES Tourist Attractions – YES Transport Links – YES Shopping Centre – YES Nightlife – NO

Nestled between Milsons Point and Kirribilli Wharf, the Jeffrey Street Wharf is located on the north side of the Harbour, near Kirribilli, and just under the northern side of the Harbour Bridge. It is an ideal pick up and drop-off point for your boat hire, not only if you live in that area, but for those interested in the Kirribilli shopping centre and Luna Park. Transport links are excellent, as the Milsons Point train station is nearby and there is also a water taxi service on the wharf itself. The wharf is sheltered and very easy to access, which is important, as the wharf is being used more regularly throughout 2017 whilst Milsons Point is under redevelopment.

Attractions

The wharf is located a short walk from Luna Park, the city’s famous 1930s amusement park, which has become a Sydney institution and is one of the oldest parks of its kind in the world that’s still in operation. The park features a number of old-school attractions, such as bumper cars (dodgems), a Ferris wheel and a big top, as well as one of only two original wooden Wild Mouse rollercoasters in existence. The wharf is also located within walking distance of the North Sydney Olympic Pool. The best reason to stop here, however, is to explore the shopping village of Kirribilli. There is a strip of delightful local stores opposite the train station and on the last Saturday of each month, the Kirribilli Markets are held on the lawns of the former Kirribilli Bowling Club. The markets contain a mixture of contemporary and second-hand clothing, odds and ends, bespoke jewellery, and local food-and-drink stands.

History

Jeffrey Street Wharf is famous for being one of the most popular vantage points for views of the Sydney skyline. For this reason, it’s exceptionally popular on New Year’s Eve for the fireworks display.

Jeffreys Street is reportedly the site of the first European settlement on the north shore of the harbour, which, records reveal, happened around a decade after Australia was colonised at Sydney Cove in 1788. The area was originally simply referred to as the North Shore, but the modern name of Kirribilli was first used in the 19th century and is derived from the aboriginal word Kiarabilli, which means “good fishing spot.” There are 19 listed heritage spots on Jeffrey Street (one of the highest concentrations in the country) with most of them situated on the west side of the street. Whilst most of the original structures on the east side of the street are no longer standing (many were demolished in order to make way for the support of the Harbour Bridge), one still remains and the 17 original terraced houses on the west side of the street have remained largely unchanged for over 100 years. The source of the street’s name is still under contention, with many pegging it on 19th-century local landowner, Arthur Jeffreys. However, a Thomas Jeffrey was also a prominent early resident of the area as was John Jeffreys.

Restaurants & Bars

Immediately south of Luna Park by the Milsons Point Wharf there are a number of dining options, including The Deck, which serves local food in a stylish, modern setting with sweeping views of the harbour. There is also Ripples, which serves low-key, but inventive Italian dishes in a casual setting and Aqua Dining, which overlooks the North Sydney Olympic Pool. Walk further down Jeffreys Street and you’ll end up at the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, which is surrounded by small eateries serving exceptional street-style food. For traditional Thai food served in a funky dining room, try Bangkok Sidewalk, or across the street, try Asian Tapas at the quirky Street Market, which sets customers on wooden crates at long tables. The Small Bar & Kitchen is similarly quirky, with a shabby chic aesthetic that makes it incredibly popular with locals as a place to catch a quick snack. If you’re craving something more substantial, meanwhile, Batch Burgers serves up real American-style food that would fill any stomach and delight almost any tastebud in a classic diner setting. Further up Broughton Street, you’ll also find the Kirribilli Woodfire Kitchen, with its genuine pizza stove, and the Kirribilli Hotel, a classic pub serving a selection of craft beer and down-to-earth pub grub.