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|Getting to Lavender Bay |
|10 mins from the city by ferry, train, car or taxi|
|Lavender Bay is the bay on the north west side of Sydney Harbour bridge and we meet at the beach beside the boat ramp. We have a boat shed located just nearby. It's only 10 mins from the city by train, ferry or car.|
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Ferry: Catch the public ferry from Circular Quay to Milsons Point then walk along the foreshore past Luna Park to Lavender Bay wharf.
Train: You can also get there by train and it's only 10 mins walk from North Sydney railway station to Lavender Bay wharf. When you leave North Sydney station (underground) turn right at the top of the steps and walk approx 100m down the footpath to the sign which says "To Lavender Bay Gallery". This leads you up some steps through a building and down into Walker Street where you will be looking down to Lavender Bay. Walker Street continues downhill as a set of steps on the other side of the pedestrian crossing. You just walk downhill all the way and it will lead you to Lavender Bay and the beach is to the right. Train Timetables
Car: On weekends there is usually unrestricted parking not far from our start in Waiwera Street on the LHS. Unrestricted parking areas tend to be where there are no houses (alongside parks, cliffs, railways etc). On weekdays there' generally parking right near our start in Lavender Crescent which is restricted to 2hrs after 8:00 am. This is fine for our Before Work paddles. There is commercial car park nearby in Harbour View Crescent.
If driving from the south side then make sure you are in the leftmost lane as you cross the harbour bridge and take the first exit on the left (Lavender St exit). As soon as you turn off you will find a roundabout in front of you - continue straight ahead along Lavender Street and in approx 350m you will get to a pedestrian crossing with Walker St on the right and Lavender Crescent on the left. For the Before Work paddles turn left into Lavender Crescent (a narrow laneway) and park at the bottom. For weekend parking continue along Lavender Street and take the next left into Waiwera Street and check the signage for unrestricted weekend parking on the left side. From Wairwera Street there are steps through the picket fence down to Lavender Crescent. Once you are in Lavender Crescent simply walk under the railway arch and the beach just behind the large fig tree straight ahead.
If you are coming from the North then navigate to Miller Street. Head south on Miller Street and this will become Blues Point Rd and turn left into Lavender St (at traffic lights with Commodore Hotel on right). For weekend parking take the first right into Waiwera Street and check the signage to find unrestricted parking on the left side near the picket fence. For early morning paddles on weekdays you can park in Lavender Crescent so take a hard right into Lavender Crescent (narrow laneway) and park at the bottom. Lavender Crescent is 150m along Lavender St where there's a pedestrian crossing with Walker St on the left. From Lavender Crescent just walk under through the railway archway and the beach is directly behind the large tree in front of you.
Taxi: Many taxi drivers do not know where Lavender Bay is so don't let them drop you at the wrong place. Lavender Bay is NOT the same place as Blues Point or McMahons Point. Insist on being dropped off in Lavender Crescent by the water. It's best to print the driving instructions above or the Google Map. Click here for taxi info.
Walk: A great way to get there! You could walk across the harbour bridge to our start. The walk across the bridge comes out at Milsons Point railway station. Just walk downhill to the harbour and follow the shoreline to your right around past Luna Park to Lavender Bay beach. This is a really nice walk.
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Updated Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:47 am Sydney, Australia