Your Guide To Woolwich Ferry Wharf – Valentia Street

Disabled Access – YES Food and Drink Options – YES Tourist Attractions – NO Transport Links – YES Shopping Centre – NO Nightlife – NO Opening Hours – 8am-8pm

Woolwich Ferry Wharf serves the Woolwich suburb of Sydney and is often referred to as the Valentia Street Ferry Wharf. It is part of the ferry services network on the Parramatta River and is served by two bus routes to Gladesville and Circular Quay. A new jetty and pontoon were recently built on the wharf by the Harbour Trust, so it is now wheelchair accessible via Clarke Road. There is ample parking in the area (with a charge of $3.50 per hour in the week and $5 on weekends) and decent toilet facilities. It might soften the blow a little to note that the proceeds earned from parking will be reinvested back into the Harbour Trust. Woolwich is an affluent suburb, which sits on the peninsula between the Lane Cove River and the Parramatta River, jutting out from Hunters Hill.

History

The name of the Woolwich region is derived from the district of south-east London, which sits on the banks of the river Thames. The Parramatta River, upon the banks of which Woolwich sits in Sydney, is often called the “Thames of the Antipodes,” which is why London and Sydney share the names of not only Woolwich, but also the nearby suburbs of Greenwich, Putney and Henley.

The original Aboriginal name for the regions was “Mookaboola,” which means “Meeting of waters” and it was also known at later points as “Clarke’s Point” and “Onion Point,” due to early landowners John Clarke and Samuel Onion. These names live on in reserves located along the peninsula.

The region is also home to Kelly’s Bush Park, which was the site of the first union-led green ban in the 1970s. The ban (known as the Green Ban Movement) was successful, as the habitat remains to this day and has become a symbol of the growth of urban greenery within the city.

Attractions

There are a number of small parks and gardens scattered throughout the Woolwich region, with the largest being the aforementioned Kelly’s Bush Park. Woolwich Lookout, meanwhile, is a dock with a grass area featuring the usual BBQs and views, but with the added bonus of having a marina and a conference centre across the small bay. The Dock conference centre is a relaxed venue for offsite training with a spacious room for work and an even more spacious park area for rest and relaxation afterwards. This would be an ideal pick up or drop off point for corporate charters. In this area, you’ll also find the Hunters Hill Sailing Club and the Clarkes Point Reserve, which is a popular wedding venue with clean toilets and electric BBQs. It also provides a great vantage point from which to view the NYE fireworks. On the other side of the peninsula, the Woolwich Baths provide a beautiful little secret swimming spot that’s popular with local Woolwich residents.

Restaurants & Bars

There is nothing directly by the wharf itself, as it’s largely a residential area, but venture a little further south and you’ll find a number of eateries located adjacent to the Woolwich Lookout dock. The Deckhouse is a waterside cafe with high windows and an expansive veranda, which serves tasty, bistro-style food, including fresh seafood. Also in this area you’ll find the Moonlight Vietnamese Cafe, which boasts a unique atmosphere with classy decor and contemporary Vietnamese food, as well as the decidedly upmarket Cucinetta Italian restaurant, which is an open, light-filled venue specialising in handmade pasta and classic Italian dishes.

If you’re being dropped off for lunch, meanwhile, the Ironwood Coffee Company Cafe is a casual and popular stop for locals with an eclectic and extensive menu. For evening drinks and bistro-style grub, on the other hand, the Woolwich Pier Hotel in an upscale pub with some of the best harbour views in the area and a well-earned local reputation.