Lavender Bay, New South Wales

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Lavender Bay
SydneyNew South Wales
(1)Clark Park Lavender Bay.jpg
Clark Park, Lavender Bay
Lavender Bay
Population941 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density4,700/km2 (12,200/sq mi)
Area0.2 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
Location3 km (2 mi) north of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)North Sydney Council
State electorate(s)North Shore
Federal division(s)North Sydney
Suburbs around Lavender Bay:
North Sydney North Sydney North Sydney
McMahons Point Lavender Bay Milsons Point
Dawes Point

Lavender Bay is a harbourside suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Lavender Bay is located 3 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of North Sydney Council.

The suburb takes its name from Lavender Bay, a natural feature of Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) immediately west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It lies between Milsons Point and McMahons Point. The suburb North Sydney is located, to the north. Lavender Bay is a residential suburb with expansive views of Sydney Harbour.


Lavender Bay in 1931 with Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction and Lavender Bay railway station on the left

Lavender Bay was named after the Boatswain (bosun), George Lavender, from the prison hulk "Phoenix", which was moored there for many years. The bay is dual-named Gooweebahree,[2] (also sometimes written as Quiberee[3]) in the Dharug language of the local inhabitants, the Cammeraygal people of the Eora nation. The colonists also called it Hulk Bay and sometimes Phoenix Bay. George Lavender lived on 14 acres (57,000 m2) adjacent to the property of Billy Blue. On 30 May 1915 Lavender Bay railway station was opened to take the place of Milsons Point railway station. This only lasted for seven weeks, as passengers refused to alight here and demanded that trains stop at Milsons Point. During the harbour bridge construction, Lavender Bay Station was the terminus for the North Shore Line. The area is now railway storage sidings.[4]

Panorama of Sydney taken from Lavender Bay in 1875

Heritage listings[edit]

Lavender Bay has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


In the 2016 Census, there were 941 people in Lavender Bay. 57.2% of people were born in Australia and 76.1% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 33.4% and Catholic 26.4%.[1]


  • A wharf is located in the bay which provides access to private vessels.
  • The Lavender Bay Baths (1910), also known as Cavill's Baths, a tidal swimming pool, were once popular with swimmers, located in the area beside the ferry wharf.
  • Wendy Whiteley created a garden adjacent to her home, in the area between Clark Park and the old railway line. It is sometimes known as Wendy's Secret Garden, and is open to the public.


Notable residents[edit]

  • Sir Donald Bradman lived in the harbourfront Bay View Street, and was one of the first few Australians to get a private telephone number while living in Bay View Street.[6]
  • Artist Norman Lindsay lived at 'Heidelberg' at 9 Bay View Street; another artist, John Firth-Smith, occupied this same house many decades later.[citation needed]
  • Artist Brett Whiteley lived in a house overlooking the Bay with his wife Wendy Whiteley; Wendy continued to live there as of 2019.[7] In 2018 the NSW Government granted heritage status to the Whiteleys' house, its views of Sydney Harbour, and Wendy's remarkable Secret Garden in recognition of the significance of the place to the history of Australian art.[8]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lavender Bay (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 March 2018. Edit this at WikidataCC-BY icon.svg Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. ^ "NSW Place and Road Naming Proposals System". Retrieved 10 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Attenbrow, Val (2009). Aboriginal placenames around Port Jackson and Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Canberra: ANU ePress. ISBN 9781921666087.
  4. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 150
  5. ^ "Brett Whiteley House and Visual Curtilage". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment & Heritage. H01949. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Ildemere". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment & Heritage. H00390. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  7. ^ Gripper, Ali (4 January 2019). "The Whiteley magic: Why Brett and Wendy continue to inspire". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  8. ^ Kooyman, Veronica (20 August 2018). "In conversation with Wendy Whiteley". Sydney Living Museums.

Coordinates: 33°50′39″S 151°12′14″E / 33.84428°S 151.20388°E / -33.84428; 151.20388