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McKell Park at Darling Point

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Published February 16th 2011
McKell Park at Darling Point is a stunning Sydney Harbour secret. The lush waterfront gardens are set behind large trees with the heritage sandstone Canonbury Cottage providing a picturesque backdrop.
McKell Park at Darling Point
McKell Park at Darling Point

The park is secluded and it feels like you're entering a secret garden that is perfect for picnics. The spectacular views, the Harbour Bridge to the west and Sydney Heads to the east is a perfect location for weddings, to watch the New Years Eve fireworks (the only evening the park is open) and to show off Sydney to international visitors.

McKell Park's harbour views
McKell Park has stunning views of the Harbour Bridge to the west and Sydney Heads to the east.

Canonbury Cottage is available for hire for private functions, champagne receptions and birthdays. Elements of the stone historic buildings are set amongst the lush gardens providing a key feature of the landscape design, as well as a monument to the site's history. The name of the park commemorates Sir William McKell, a former Premier of New South Wales and Governor General of Australia.

McKell Park gardens
McKell Park gardens

According to the Woollahra Council website: "The traditional owners of the area now known as Darling Point were generations of the Birrabirrgal people, who occupied the foreshores of the harbour, living from its yield, their culture and way of life based upon its physical proximity and spiritual influence."

McKell Park is flanked between Rushcutters and Double Bay.
McKell Park is flanked between Rushcutters and Double Bay.

The park, flanked between Rushcutters and Double Bay, is adjacent to lavish waterfront villas, mansions and apartments. To take in the harbour views and enjoy a spot of exercise you can walk to either Rushcutters Bay park or to the waterfront parkland, cafes and shopping at Double Bay.

The adjacent wharf is handy to jump on a Sydney ferry to voyage to Circular Quay, Watsons Bay or take in a harbour cruise.

McKell Park gardens
McKell Park's waterfront gardens
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Why? Enjoy a lush garden oasis on the shores of Sydney Harbour.
When: Park gates are open from dawn to dusk (ie. approximately 7.00am - 7.30pm)
Where: Northern end of Darling Point Road, Darling Point, NSW.
Cost: Free
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