Kesterton Park

Last updated on 30 March 2020 at 09:00AM  | Availability : Open
  • Park
  • Playground

A delightful harbourside park backed by vertical sandstone cliffs and featuring spectacular harbour views. Although something of a hidden gem, the Park has a ferry wharf and a fully-fenced children's playground that make it very popular.


Getting Here

Located at the southern end of High Street, North Sydney, Kesterton Park is a long-ish hilly walk from North Sydney railway station, or visitors may park in High Street. High Street ferry wharf connects the Park to Circular Quay and other northern harbour locations.


Park Features

  • There are seats, picnic tables, a bubbler, a covered shelter with seats and a table and a custom-designed, fully-fenced playground.
  • Mature Eucalypts along the cliff base provide some shade, and Figs cling to the sandstone escarpment.
  • Dogs are welcome in Kesterton Park however they are not permitted within 10m of the playground.


The land on which Kesterton Park stands was originally part of the Whaling allotment, taken up by Kemmis and Brown in 1830. The land was acquired by Patrick Hayes in the 1870s and became a quarry for sandstone. The land was later acquired by Council and converted to public open space. The Park is named after Alderman W. Kesterton who was Mayor of North Sydney 1945-1949 and a pharmacist in Military Road. He retired in 1967 and died in 1985.


Playground Features

  • Equipment includes swings, slide, sprung rides and cable climber.

  • Shelter structures contain seats and tables.

  • Outdoor fitness equipment next to the fully fenced playground.

  • Embankment provides shade.

  • Park is located on the harbour foreshore and has a ferry wharf and excellent harbour views.


Tucked at the base of a magnificent sandstone cliff face, and with views across Sydney Harbour, this delightful harbourside playground and fitness area will appeal to both children and adults. Together with the stunning outlook, picnic shelters, toilets and a fully fenced play area make Kesterton Park Playground a great destination. The playground is linked to HMAS Platypus by footpath.



Kesterton Park
High Street , North Sydney
  • Many accessible features
  • Playground (fully fenced)
  • Views
  • Dogs permitted - with restrictions
  • Public toilets
  • Seats and/or Picnic Tables
  • Shelter
  • Water fountain

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