A great destination for a day trip. With harbourside bushland, formal lawn and garden areas and spectacular views of the harbour and city, this linear reserve is packed with things to see and do.
26 March 2020
In accordance with recommendations from the industry peak body, Play Australia, North Sydney Council has closed public playgrounds during the COVID19 lockdown period, commencing 26 March 2020.
Play Australia advise:
The Prime Minister announced that indoor and outdoor play centres are to join the list of services throughout the country to be closed.
Clearly this aims to further restrict the capacity of people to congregate in groups and to reduce the spread of the Covid19 virus in keeping with the social-distancing policy of all state and federal governments.
Play Australia therefore recommend that all outdoor playgrounds should be closed.
Our communities need to be advised not to take children to outdoor playgrounds at this time but to utilise outdoor green spaces such as parks and reserves where families can practise social-distancing.
Cremorne Reserve is a 100 foot reservation that extends for approximately 3 km around the Cremorne Point Peninsula with numerous access points from surrounding streets. Two ferry wharves link the Reserve to Circular Quay and other locations on the northern side of the harbour. A bus route connects Cremorne Wharf to the Neutral Bay area, and limited on-street parking is available.
- A small lighthouse is located at Robertsons Point.
- The National Trust listed Lex and Ruby Graham garden is an outstanding example of beautification of public land by local residents.
- Harbourside Maccallum Pool has a 1920s character and superb views.
- Public toilets, numerous seats, picnic tables and a playground.
- The Cremorne Point Foreshore Walk follows the main foreshore pathway and interprets the Aboriginal and European history of the area.
- The Cremorne Point Bushcare Group carries out bush regeneration in the Reserve.
- Dogs are welcome in Cremorne Reserve however they must be kept on a leash, and they are not permitted within 10m of the playground.
The Aboriginal name for Cremorne Point is Wulwarrajeung. The numerous shell middens and rock engravings found are evidence of previous Aboriginal presence in this area.
In 1823, 86 acres of Cremorne Point were granted to a Scottish watchmaker and later sold to James Milson. The original land grant was further subdivided in the 1890s in a manner that remains largely intact today. In the mid 1800s, 22 acres of the peninsula were leased and turned into an amusement park, Cremorne Gardens, based on a similar pleasure garden in London.
Playground Significant features
- Playground occupies a stunning foreshore location and has excellent harbour and city views.
- Activities include a large combination unit with decks, slides, ladders, scramble nets and a stand-up spinner, spring mounted rides including a surfboard, a boat and a dolphin rocker, a spinning cup, traditional swings and a basket-style swing that accommodates several children at once.
- There are also several outdoor gym units including a sit up bench, recumbent bike, hip twist and upper-body lifts that offer older children, parents and carers an all-over workout.
- Playground has a style and character that complements its leafy, foreshore location.
The playground is a community focal point where local families can meet, where local children can play, and where all members of the community can enjoy outdoor recreation in a spectacular setting. It capitalises on the shade provided by existing trees.
The playground offers a good range of activities, and caters to a number of users all playing at once. By incorporating fitness stations, the new facility encourages exercise and an active lifestyle. The pieces of play equipment chosen and the provision of a rubber pathway system means many of the activities are accessible to all. The playground adjoins an area of open lawn suitable for picnics and informal play.
Upgraded 2012: this playground upgrading project was jointly funded by North Sydney Council and the Department of Sport & Recreation through the NSW Sport & Recreation Facilities Grant Program.