A North Sydney gem. The large open foreshore area (Kurraba Reserve) has direct access to the harbour, while the upper levels (the Hodgson Lookout and Spains Wharf Lookout) feature spectacular harbour and city views.
Located at the southern end of Kurraba Road, Neutral Bay, Kurraba Reserve is most easily accessible by bus or car. Limited on-street parking is available on Kurraba Road.
- There is a launching ramp for small craft on the lower level.
- Hodgson Lookout is a shady grassed knoll offering spectacular glimpses through the trees to the harbour. It has seats, lights, a bubbler and a custom-designed playground with 'olde worlde' styling.
- There are a variety of mature specimen trees, most notably figs.
- Located between the Hodgson Lookout and the lower section of the Reserve, Spains Wharf Lookout features 1930s depression-era stonework and offers excellent views.
- Dogs are welcome in Kurraba Reserve however they are not permitted within 10m of the playground.
The name Kurraba is of Aboriginal origin. Earlier names for this point were Thrupps Point, after Lieutenant Alfred Thrupp who was granted land here c.1814, and Ballast Point, when the area operated as a foreshore sandstone quarry in the 1850's and stone from the site was used as ballast for ships returning to England. In 1855 some 8,000 tons of stone were taken from Kurraba Point to complete Fort Denison.
In 1883 the land was sold to the Port Jackson and Manly Steam Ship Company who established a large depot and engineering works here, carrying out ferry maintenance, repair and administration. The workshops closed in 1964 and in 1974 the land was purchased by the State government. At this time the site was cleared and grassed and the present Kurraba Reserve created. A searchlight battery was located at Hodgson Lookout for a period during WWII.