The first peninsula to the east of Milsons Point and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, McMahons Point is named after Maurice McMahon, an Irish manufacturer of brushes and combs who, in 1864, built his home on the headland. He became mayor of the borough of Victoria (later North Sydney) in 1890. The suburb of McMahons Point, located 3 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district on Sydney's Lower North Shore, sits on the peninsula, flanked by Berrys Bay to the west and Lavender Bay to the east. The lower tip of the peninsula is known as Blues Point, which offers expansive views of Sydney Harbour.
McMahons Point is considered one of Sydney's most exclusive localities and is rich in history as well as enjoying a vibrant cafe and restaurant lifestyle. The northern end of Blues Point Road, next to the CBD of North Sydney, is home to many advertising, media, computing and architecture firms as well as specialty shops, alfresco cafes and local pubs. The southern end features picture postcard views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and a large grassy area to just sit back and enjoy the view.
Its location on the water's edge has attracted artists such as Lloyd Rees whose most iconic painting, 'Harbour from McMahons Point' is on display in the Art Gallery of NSW. Henry Lawson, one of Australia's favourite poets spent many years in and around the area. Rows of terraced housing, 1920s apartment buildings and Harry Seidler s Blues Point Tower are just some samples of its architectural past.
A stretch of railway line dating from 1893 runs through the suburb's north-west and emerges from a tunnel at an off-peak storage depot in Lavender Bay. This line was part of the original North Shore Line, which passed through the suburb to its terminus on Lavender Bay, Milsons Point before the Harbour Bridge was built. It no longer carries passengers as a newer line was constructed in 1932, connected the North Shore line to Sydney via the Harbour Bridge. The line today gives access to a train storage area.