Point Piper, New South Wales

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Point Piper
SydneyNew South Wales
Sydney (AU), Point Piper -- 2019 -- 2934.jpg
Point Piper
Population1,424 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density3,650/km2 (9,460/sq mi)
Elevation23 m (75 ft)
Area0.39 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Location6 km (4 mi) east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Municipality of Woollahra
State electorate(s)Vaucluse
Federal division(s)Wentworth
Suburbs around Point Piper:
Port Jackson
Darling Point Point Piper Rose Bay
Double Bay Bellevue Hill Bellevue Hill
Lady Martin's Beach
Seven Shillings Beach

Point Piper is a small, harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 6 kilometres (4 mi) east of the Sydney CBD, in the local government area known as the Municipality of Woollahra.

Point Piper has been historically regarded as Australia's most expensive suburb. In 2011, Wolseley Road was ranked as the ninth-most expensive street in the world, at $38,900 per square metre.[2]


The suburb of Point Piper sits on Sydney Harbour, beside the suburbs of Rose Bay, Bellevue Hill and Double Bay. The streets in Point Piper are: Buckhurst Avenue, Longworth Avenue, New South Head Road, Redvers Street, Saint Mervyn's Avenue, Wolseley Road, Wolseley Crescent, Wingadal Place, Wentworth Place, Wentworth Street, Wunulla Road, and Wyuna Road.[3]


Point Piper House (also called Henrietta Villa) 1840s

Point Piper was named after Captain John Piper (1773–1851). Piper was a Scottish-born military officer of Cornish parentage, who arrived in the colony in 1792 and built a neo-Palladian mansion on the point, on 190 acres (0.77 km2) of land granted by the governor in 1816. After a review of Piper's performance as head of the Customs Department showed that he had mismanaged funds (although he was not actually accused of being corrupt), Piper attempted to drown himself in Sydney Harbour. He subsequently sold his holdings at Point Piper, Rose Bay, Neutral Bay, and Petersham for £5,000 and moved to the country.

In 1834, Piper's former residence was leased by Colonel John George Nathaniel Gibbes (1787-1873), the newly arrived Collector of Customs for New South Wales and a Crown appointee to the colony's Legislative Council. Colonel Gibbes and his family resided at Point Piper House (also known as "Henrietta Villa" or "Naval Villa") until 1844, when they moved to Wotonga, on Kirribilli Point. Wotonga now forms part of Admiralty House. Point Piper House was eventually torn down in the 1850s and the site was redeveloped.[4]

Heritage listings[edit]

Point Piper has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Commercial area[edit]

Point Piper does not have a commercial area, and has few amenities or public facilities. The closest commercial areas are in nearby suburbs such as Rose Bay and Double Bay.

Beaches and reserves[edit]

  • Duff Reserve, off Wolseley Road, deep water point, popular for weddings and picnics
  • Lady Martin's Beach, Wunulla Road
  • Seven Shillings Beach, off New South Head Road
  • Redleaf Pool, off New South Head Road, on Seven Shillings Beach



In the 2016 Census, there were 1,424 people in Point Piper. 56.1% of people were born in Australia and 71.3% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 28.3%, Catholic 20.0%, Judaism 13.6% and Anglican 13.3%.[1]

Point Piper, in combination with Darling Point, Edgecliff and Rushcutters Bay, was named as the wealthiest area in Australia, according to information from the Australian Taxation Office in 2013.[6]


Point Piper is home to some of the most expensive and exclusive homes in Australia. There are only eleven streets in Point Piper; the main road is Wolseley Road. The price per square metre of real estate in Point Piper is one of the most expensive in the world; property writer Cindy Martin calculated in 2002 that the total value of the properties on the 1 km waterfront section of Wolseley Road was $720 million.[7]

John Symond's mansion on Wingadal Place, reportedly cost over A$70 million to build (excluding land), easily making it Australia's most expensive, privately owned residential home.[8] In 2007, Altona, located in Wunulla Road and Australia's second-most expensive house, was listed for more than $50 million.[9] It was sold in 2013 for a price thought to be more than $50 million, which was a Sydney record.[6]

Craig-y-Mor is a non-waterfront house on Wolseley Road. Australia's second-most expensive residential property, it was sold in 2008 for $32.4 million to the Chinese buyers Zeng Wei and Jiang Mei.[10] It was previously owned by Rene Rivkin, who sold it to businessman Ben Tilley in 2004 for $16.15 million. The house has six bedrooms and a nine-car garage.[11] The property was demolished in 2014 after the decision by the local municipality to deny this was overturned by a state judge.[10]

As at 2010, Wolseley Road was the world's ninth-most expensive residential street at up to $38,000 per square metre.[12]

Notable residents[edit]

View of Point Piper from Sydney Harbour


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Point Piper (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 May 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Financial News (14 March 2011). "The 10 Most Expensive Streets in the World". Business Insider.
  3. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  4. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 206
  5. ^ "Dunara". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment & Heritage. H00539. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b "no title recorded". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 May 2013. p. 2.
  7. ^ Martin, Cindy (24 December 2002). "Extreme Sydney, Wealthiest". Sydney Morning Herald.
  8. ^ "Boom's glittering prize". Sydney Morning Herald. 2006.
  9. ^ "Crowe eyes $50m home". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 17 June 2007.
  10. ^ a b A. Odysseus Patrick (17 June 2014). "For a century, the mansion sat above Sydney Harbour. Then China's nouveau riche arrived". Washington Post.
  11. ^ a b Chancellor, Jonathan (14 March 2008). "$32m for Rivkin Point Piper pile". Sydney Morning Herald.
  12. ^ "World-class price tags on Wolseley Road". Sydney Morning Herald. 5 September 2010.
  13. ^ "Luxury car dealer Neville Crichton sells Point Piper home for more than $60m". Australian Financial Review. 18 January 2017.
  14. ^ Mitchell, Ann M. (1986). "Mackellar, Sir Charles Kinnaird (1844–1926)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10. MUP. pp. 297–298. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  15. ^ Kingston, Beverley (1986). "Mackellar, Isobel Marion Dorothea (1885–1968)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10. MUP. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  16. ^ Chancellor, Jonathan (10 March 2005). "Sale nets Murdochs a quick $2.2m". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  17. ^ "Auusie John Symond tipped to blow record away with $100m sale". The Australian. 14 September 2016.

External links[edit]

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