Your Guide To McMahons Point Ferry Wharf

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

McMahons Point Ferry Wharf is located in North Sydney on the east banks of Lavender Bay and is a great pick up point for your boat hire if you reside in the area, particularly in the Harbourside Apartments, which overlook the wharf. This wharf benefits from the Luna Park amusement park nearby, so if you’re looking to have some fun with the family, this would make an ideal drop off point. The wharf itself was recently given an upgrade as part of the NSW Government’s Access Program. The new wharf is now comprised of 2 platforms, an aluminium gangway and a concrete bridge, which connect to a brand new shelter with glass weather protection panels and seating. Wayfinding, lighting and pedestrian access has also been significantly improved, and the wharf is now safer and more comfortable. As a wharf close to a major residential area, there are also great transport links, with bus services right outside the wharf and regular ferry services.

History

There has been a wharf at McMahons Point since 1839. At the start of the 20th century, a large number of passenger ferries travelled between the Point and the city, with services operating every 10 to 15 minutes, with around 6 million passengers a year estimated to be served by the wharf. When the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932, however, the ferry services became largely redundant, and in 1935 smaller ferries took over the runs formerly operated by Sydney Ferries Limited to McMahons Point. The wharf has since again become part of the Sydney Ferries network and is also frequented by private vessels.

Attractions

An area of outstanding scenic beauty, McMahons Point is a perfect place to stop if you’re in the mood for some quiet, reflective time. The Henry Lawson Reserve, which looks out over the wharf and over the harbour in general, is a wonderful spot to sit and relax on a sunny day. A little further along there is also a small public park, with a view so idyllic, it is often used for wedding ceremonies. If you desire something a little more adventurous, meanwhile, the famous Luna Park is just across the bay. One of only two theme parks in the world protected by the government, Luna Park was first opened in the 1930s and has become an iconic Sydney landmark since it was reopened in the early 80s, following a catastrophic fire on the Ghost Train ride. Whilst it has been extensively renovated and refurbished, it still manages to retain its original, 1930s charm and the striking Luna Park Face that sits at the entrance to the park has become a very famous local landmark.

Restaurants & Bars

The area is primarily residential, so dining options are minimal in the immediate area, but there is one spectacular restaurant situated right on the corner of McMahons Point. On the eastern side of Lavender Bay, right next to the wharf, Sails serves up fresh, seasonal meals cooked from local produce and offers postcard views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The menu offers a contemporary interpretation of classic French cooking techniques, with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The award-winning wine list also comprises of over 130 Australian and International varieties. Venture further afield, across the bay, and there are countless options for dining, drinking and general merriment.