FREE things to do in Milsons Point & Lavender Bay

Milsons Point and Lavender Bay have to be two of the most scenic areas in Sydney.

With the harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge along with Luna Park and Bradfield Park located here, it makes for a great day of exploring, walking and admiring the million dollar views.

One of the best things about this area is that there is so much to do! It’s really easy to spend a day here, and with so many great, free things to do you don’t even need to spend a penny.

1. Walk across the Harbour Bridge

Milsons Point and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Walking across Sydney Harbour Bridge is a must do

Milsons Point is one of a few spots for visitors to embark on surely one of Sydney’s best FREE activities – Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To access the stairs or lift which will take you up onto the bridge, head to the left of Milsons Point train station (if looking at the city) and you will see them.

The walk across the bridge will take up to 25 minutes depending on your pace. The views from north to south are excellent as you are looking into the city skyline including the Opera House. Read more about the bridge here.

Milsons Point is also an exit point off the Harbour Bridge – once exiting you can enjoy all the activities listed below.

Address: The entrance to the Harbour Bridge Cahill Walk can be found on Broughton Road Kirribilli NSW 2061

2. Enjoy a picnic in Bradfield Park

Enjoy breathtaking views at Bradfield Park

Bradfield Park is views, views, view and more views. Bradfield Park runs from the harbours edge up to Milsons Point train station (located at the northern end of the park). The park sits under the North Pylons of the Harbour Bridge and the Bridge itself. There is an enclosed, shady playground, tables and also grassy areas.

Address: Alfred Street South, Milsons Point NSW 2061.

3. Marvel at Bradfield Plaza

Bradfield Plaza

Admire the magnitude of the Sydney Harbour Bridge 

Bradfield Plaza is part of Bradfield Park but it deserves a special note because it really is a bit special. The Plaza is a paved area under the northern approach to the Harbour Bridge. It is an excellent spot to stand under and be in awe of the size and complexity of the Harbour Bridge. Make sure to check it out when you go to Bradfield Park.

Address: Bradfield Plaza is located in Bradfield Park, Alfred Street South, Milsons Point NSW 2061.

4. Visit North Sydney Pool

North Sydney Pool

North Sydney Pool has some of the best swimming views in Sydney

Whilst not free, North Sydney Pools are not a bad place to visit if you are looking for somewhere to cool down. Entry costs as at February 2019 are $8.30 per adult – perhaps worth it for the million dollar views? Otherwise just stop by and admire the retro architecture!

Address: 4 Alfred Street South, Milsons Point 2061

5. Take in the sights and sounds of Luna Park

Luna Park is not to be missed

Luna Park is an iconic Sydney attraction. Opened in 4 October 1935, today the park is a celebration of its history as well as its modern function today. Whilst rides cost to use, Luna Park is FREE to walk through. Enjoy the sights and sounds and admire the harbour views.

Address: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point NSW 2061

6. Walk along the Peter Kingston Art Walk to Quiabaree Park and Bob Gordon Reserve

A memorable harbourside walk

The Peter Kingston Art Walk heads along the harbours edge from Luna Park, past Art Barton Park to Wendy’s Secret Garden. You can then continue on to Quiabaree Park which is a small waterfront park that has some wonderful water views and a sandy beach (popular with local dogs!). Bob Gordon Reserve is also located here and contains remnants of an historical slipway. Along the way look out for the historical sign about Lavender Bay Baths and marvel at the rail line.

Peter Kingston is a local artist who was heavily involved in preserving Luna Park from the 1970s to 1990s.

Address: The Peter Kingston Art Walk starts at the boardwalk near Luna Park

7. Visit Art Barton Park

Enjoy the excitement of finding these tiny creatures

The Art Barton Park is situated slightly up from Luna Park as you head towards Wendys Secret Garden (along the Peter Kingston Art Walk). Art Barton was the artist of Luna Park and worked there from 1935 until 1970. Within the park you will find a small sculpture which was designed by cartoonist Michael Leunig and sculpted by Peter Kingston. It is a memorial to the victims of the 1979 Luna Park Ghost Train Fire. Its sandstone pier is inscribed with their names.

Lookout for the tiny comic sculptures situated among the gardens – lookout for Bib and Bub, Ginger Meggs, the Magic Pudding, Felix the Cat, Luna Park Face, Boofhead, Blinky Bill and a Hegarty’s Ferry.

8. Visit Wendy’s Secret Garden

Wendy’s Secret Garden is a true Sydney gem

Wendy’s Secret Garden is not so much of a secret anymore, but it sure is a wonderful place to visit. Bring a picnic, find a special spot and enjoy the serenity. Read more about Wendy’s garden here.

Address: Wendy’s Secret Garden can be accessed via the Peter Kingston Walkway, Lavender Street or Clarke Park, Lavender Bay NSW 2060.

9. Wander through Lavender Bay Parkland (and Watt Park)

A great place to wind down after a long walk

Lavender Bay Parklands are a green oasis located back from the harbour at Lavender Bay. There is a lovely children’s playground located in Watt Park, as well as lots of places to enjoy a picnic. Take some time to admire the Morton Bay Figs along Lavender Crescent.

Address: Lavender Bay Parklands can be accessed via Lavender Crescent, Lavender Bay NSW 2060

10. If you have time to spare…….visit Sawmillers Reserve

Enjoy the peace of Sawmillers Reserve

Sawmillers Reserve is located in McMahons Point, about a 15 minute walk from Wendy’s Secret Garden. Sawmillers Reserve is set on the former site of Eaton’s Timber Yard and also contains the remnants of an MSB Hopper Barge and a treehouse. Lookout for the Living Seawalls habitat trial which are hoping to create new living habitats for sea creatures. Access to the reserve is steep and there are no toilet facilities here.

Address: The reserve is located on Munro Street , McMahons Point NSW 2060 (it can also be accessed via  French and West Crescent Streets).

What way to go?

There’s a lot to pack into a day here, but if you want a simple route to take you could follow this:

  • Walk across the Harbour Bridge from The Rocks
  • Go through Bradfield Park
  • Take a wander around Luna Park (you could even stop here for a swim in North Sydney Pool if you dare!)
  • Then take the Peter Kingson Harbour Walk past Art Barton Park
  • Stop into Wendy’s Secret Garden
  • Finish the day with a picnic at Lavender Bay Parklands.

There are lots of great cafes at Milsons Point or you could head to the Kirribilli Club for a reasonably priced lunch or drink.

Freedays summary

  • Entry: Free
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes
  • Free carparking: Yes (in some streets there is free timed parking)
  • Free BBQ facilities: No
  • Time to spend here: All day
  • Food available: Yes
  • Address: Bradfield Park Alfred Street South , Milsons Point NSW 2061
  • Further details: Visit Milsons Point directory listing

Do you have any other places to put on the must see list when in Milsons Point and Lavender Bay?

 

 

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