Cremorne / Cremorne Pt
Cremorne is a mainly residential area with its commercial area centred along Military Road, around Cremorne Junction. Cremorne features an historic cinema, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace. In an Art Deco style, it features a Wurlitzer pipe-organ that is played at selected film screenings. The cinema was designed by G.N.Kenworthy and constructed in 1935. Its restoration was undertaken in 1987 by its new owner, television personality Mike Walsh.
James Milson, after who nearby Milson Point is named, owned the land between Robertson and that of the amusement park operators, Clarke and Woolcott. By 1862 their amusement park, Cremorne Gardens, had been abandoned and remained thus despite numerous attempts to revive it. In 1895, coal was discovered here near the corner of present day Hodgson Avenue and Cremorne Road. Two shafts were sunk on the point but coal mining was abandoned due to public pressure as the land had been subdivided and numerous streets and residences were already in place.
Many of these early streets are named after Australian cricketers who had just returned from a successful tour of England on which they had won the test match series.
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Shell Cove has the honour of being home to the closest waterfall to the Sydney central business district. These days, due to extensive development of the Cremorne peninsula, the natural drainage patterns have been destroyed and rainwater no longer flows over the falls naturally. Instead it is captured in stormwater drains and channeled over the falls. It s not quite the same as in its natural state the water flowing over the falls appears from underneath a clifftop house and only flows after heavy rains, but at least it still flows and give Cremorne a unique attraction. Though it is located in the heart of the Lower North Shore, Shell Cove is not directly on the Cremorne Point walking path and thus misses much of the walking traffic on this popular walk. Public transport: ferry to Cremorne Point, walk to head of Shell Cove.
Cremorne Reserve stretches around the entire shoreline of Cremorne Point in a mix of bush and formal gardens, providing unrivalled public access to the harbour shores. It is a special reserve with a fascinating history in a spectacular environment. Along this excellent loop walk, enjoy a picnic, a children's playground or a swim in its harbourside pool with an amazing view. The interpretative signs will help you to discover something of its original Aboriginal inhabitants, the early Cremorne Gardens, the fine architectural heritage, the impact of development on the Reserve's flora and fauna and the work being done to bring back the bush.
Access to Cremorne Point is convenient by both public and private transport. The walk is a loop track which can be started at any of the three main entrance points - Bogota Avenue, at the bottom of the steps at the eastern end of Hodgson Avenue and above Cremorne Wharf. Trackhead information signs with maps and general information are placed at each of these entrances. Toilets are located in the picnic area at the end of the Point, near the Cremorne Wharf trackhead sign.
Located on the western side of Cremorne Point, Maccallum Pool is a unique harbourside pool with heritage character and superb views. Its waterside timber deck is an unparalleled sun bathing spot especially on winter afternoons. It was originally just a rock pool created by local residents to form a safe harbour swimming hole. The architectural style of the current pool dates back to the 1920s and was restored in keeping with this heritage theme by the local council in 1985-86.
Kurraba Point, which offers views across Sydney Harbour to Garden Island, is a great starting point for a pleasant walk through the suburbs of Neutral Bay and Cremorne. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Kurraba Point, and then walk along Shellcove Road and Honda Road to the Cremorne Reserve. An easy walking path follows the shoreline to Robertsons Point and Cremorne Wharf where you can catch a ferry back to the city.
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The area between Rialto Avenue and the intersection of Cremorne and Milsons Roads was the site of a test coal mine bore sunk in 1890. At 861 metres the drill reached a 3 metre thick seam of coal which had unfortunately been turned into cinder by a volcanic dyke. The coal was part of the Bulli Seam which extends south from Newcastle to the Illawarra.
The south side of Hodgson Avenue between Kareela and Cremorne Roads was the site of a second test coal mine bore sunk in 1892-93. The bore reached a good 3 metre seam at around 900 metres, proving the existence of coal, however the company did not go ahead with mining on the site due to opposition by local residents. The company finally settled on Birchgrove near Balmain as the site for their mine.
Public transport: ferry to Kurraba Point, walk up steps and then right to end of Kurraba Road.