Middle Head: central headland of Middle Harbour. Aboriginal name: Kub Kaba.
Obelisk Beach / Bay: derived from an obelisk erected as a steering mark on the shore.
Georges Head: honours King George III, who was the reigning monarch when the First Fleet set sail in 1787. Believed to have been named by Lt. William Bradley during an exploration of Port Jackson in 1788.
Chowder Bay / Head: the name recalls the seafood stew eaten by American whalers who set up a whaling station in the vicinity of Clifton Gardens in early colonial times. Aboriginal name for the bay: Koree; Aboriginal name for Chowder Head - Gurugal.
Taylors Bay: named after Lt. James Taylor in 1810.
Bradleys Head: cartographer Lt. William Bradley, who accompanied Phillip on the flagship of the First Fleet, HMS Sirius, in 1787-88. Aboriginal name; Burrogy.
Athol Bay/Bight: thought to be named after John Murray, the 4th Duke of Atholl (1755-1830) of the Isle of Man. Athol Bay has deepwater anchorages, which were used during the 1939-1945 war by the giant troopships Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth while waiting for troops to embark.
Whiting Beach: once popular beach for catching whiting.
Little Sirius Cove
Little Sirius Point / Cove: flagship of the First Fleet, HMS Sirius, which was careened here in 1789.
Curraghbeena Point: said to be the Aboriginal name for the point between Mosman and Little Sirius Cove.
Mosman Bay: remembers whaling and shipping pioneer Archibald Mosman (1799-1863) who established his business activities here in 1831. Aboriginal name: Gorang bullagong.
Elbow Bay: a corner of Mosman Bay, thus named because of its shape.
Cremorne Point: originally named Careening Point as it was at the nearby bay that HMS Supply was careened in 1788. Thus named after an amusement park established here in 1856 which was modelled on and named after the Cremorne Gardens in London. The tip of the point is named Robertsons Point after the father of parliamentarian Sir John Robertson (see below). Aboriginal name: Woolloorigang.
Robertsons Point: named after father of Sir John Robertson, who was granted the point in 1829. Robertson was Colonial Secretary, Dec. 1885 - Feb. 1886; Dec. 1878 - Dec. 1881; Jan 1883 - Aug. 1882; Aug. 1877 - Dec. 1877; Feb. 1875 - Mar 1877; Oct. 1868 - Jan 1870.
Shell Cove: so named due to its abundance of shells collected there to make builder's mortar.
Kurraba Point: aboriginal word for Hungry Bay or Shell Cove. First known as Thrupp's Point, after Lt. Alfred Thrupp.
Neutral Bay: the name is derived from the fact that Gov. Arthur Phillip identified the bay as neutral territory for visiting vessels to wait until it had been determined whether or not they were friendly.