One of North Sydney's most popular parks. Featuring spectacular views of the city, the harbour and the harbour bridge; it attracts tourists as well as locals. When viewed from the harbour this Sydney icon is characterised by its majestic, sprawling fig trees.
Located at the southern end of Blues Point Road, McMahons Point, the Reserve is a 5 minute walk from McMahons Point ferry wharf or a 10 minute walk from North Sydney railway station. Numerous buses connect the railway station with the wharf, and limited on-street parking is available in Blues Point Road.
- The eastern section of the Reserve features a maritime-themed custom-designed playground.
- There are accessible toilets, seats, picnic tables, a bubbler and a recycling station.
- The mature Port Jackson and Morton Bay figs provide shade and give the Reserve its distinctive character.
- A Managed Access program operates on New Year's Eve to ensure that all visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.
- Dogs are welcome in Blues Point Reserve however they are not permitted within 10m of the playground.
In 1817 Governor Macquarie granted eighty acres of land on the north side of Port Jackson to William Blue. Billy Blue was appointed ferryman to the North Shore and began a rowing boat service between Dawes Point in the Rocks and Blues Point, as the site of his northern ferry terminus became known. Originally used to augment the service to Milson's Point, it became the main cross-harbour terminal on the north side during the construction of the bridge from 1924-1932. The Blues Point vehicular ferry dock was rendered obsolete in 1932 when the harbour bridge opened. Most structural elements of the dock were removed during the 1930s however the concrete ramps and walls are still visible today.
Playground Significant features:
- Playground occupies a foreshore location and has excellent harbour, city and bridge views.
- Playground features a maritime theme with stainless steel custom designed equipment.
- Activities include spring mounted boat, whale sculpture, swings, and spinning rides.
The spectacular foreshore location of Blues Point Reserve, with Sydney Harbour Bridge as the backdrop, provides a dramatic setting for this subtle, maritime-themed playground that has been carefully designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape.
It has a variety of equipment that caters to a broad age range and it is tucked against the base of a tall cliff, which provides great shelter from westerly winds and good afternoon shade. This section of the Reserve is fully fenced with lots of open lawn for picnics and informal play.