McMahons Point

Top choice in Sydney

Is there a better view of the bridge and the Opera House than from the wharf at this point, a short hop by ferry northwest of the centre? It's all unfolded before you and is a stunning spot to be when the sun is setting. Between Luna Park and McMahons Point, at the head of Lavender Bay, Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden is a guerrilla garden created by the widow of artist Brett Whiteley (an artist herself) on an old railway siding.

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1. Luna Park

0.24 MILES

A sinister chip-toothed clown face (50 times life-sized) forms the entrance to this old-fashioned amusement park overlooking Sydney Harbour. It's one of…

2. Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

0.37 MILES

On the shore of Lavender Bay, this is one of Sydney's hidden treasures. The public garden was created by artist Brett Whiteley's widow (an artist herself)…

3. Sydney Harbour Bridge

0.38 MILES

Sydneysiders love their giant 'coathanger', which opened in 1932. The best way to experience this majestic structure is on foot. Stairs and lifts ascend…

4. Pylon Lookout

0.44 MILES

The views from the top of the Harbour Bridge's southeast pylon are well worth the 200 steps, though the entry fee seems steep. Museum exhibits and a short…

6. Walsh Bay

0.52 MILES

This section of Dawes Point waterfront was Sydney’s busiest before the advent of container shipping and the construction of port facilities at Botany Bay…

7. Campbell’s Storehouses

0.59 MILES

In 1839, Scottish merchant Robert Campbell started building a private wharf and this gingerbread-style row of storehouses for his stash of tea, alcohol,…

8. Goat Island


Goat Island, west of the Harbour Bridge, has been a shipyard, a quarantine station and a gunpowder depot in its previous lives. Heritage tours are offered…