Embarkment Park │Potts Point, Sydney
We didn’t have it in our plans to find this park, so it was a pleasant surprise when we stumbled upon it. While in Sydney, were were staying at the Lamont Hotel, which is located in what used to be (and to some extent still is) Sydney’s Red Light district. We spoke with our hotel manager about the area and how it has changed over the last few years. About a block away from our hotel, there was on rather seedy road. The same road in which the closest subway station, and hop-on hop off sightseeing stop, was located. We therefore had no choice by to walk up and down this road – once in the morning, and then once more after a day of explorations.
There were numerous strip clubs,a few mentally disturbed people wandering the street (chatting loudly to themselves), and countless prostitutes. The time of day didn’t matter, morning noon, or night – this street was buzzing constantly.
Living in Asia for almost 8 years has really removed us from so many of the things that we would normally be somewhat desensitized to. I fear that I am now becoming like my Chinese neighbors. The ones who just can’t help but …. STARE!!
Miraculously enough, one street over from the seedy street is a beautiful tree-lined road, Victoria Street. The street is a mixture of residential and commercial buildings, with a number of old, Victorian homes that have been converted to backpackers’ hostels. Between Earl Street and Grantham Street, Potts Point, the buildings on both sides of the street are heritage-listed.
We stopped for some pictures and then continued along on our walk. We were aiming for the Sydneys botanical gardens, and we had figured out that our hotel was actually located a decent walking distance from Sydney’s main attractions. Since we love walking, and finding gems along the way, this was a perfect outing for us!
St Vincent’s College
This college is situated on the corner of Victoria Street and Challis Avenue. It was founded in 1858 by Irish Sisters of Charity and was known as the Victoria Street Roman Catholic School. Its cluster of brick buildings makes a distinctive landmark.
Embarkation Park is in Victoria Street, Potts Point, opposite Challis Avenue. It is on the roof of the Navy car park in Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo. The site looks at the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the east, and affords great views. The park has many trees, butterflies, and colorful birds. This park is truly a hidden gem! It is therefore never too crowded and is perfect for a picnic or sunset stroll. The park closes just after sunset, but you can exit after dark through a one-way gate – perfect for staying in the park and soaking up every bit of those glorious Sydney sunsets.
This park is accessible from Victoria Street or via the steep McElhone Stairs at the junction of Brougham Street and Cowper Wharf Road. We carried our stroller down those steep stairs!
Definitely a great place to spend a morning or the afternoon with your family.
We passed some Naval Ships on our way around the bay at Woolloomooloo. It was near here that we stopped to try some of Sydney’s most famous pies at Harry’s. <– click on the link to read about our pie tasting at Harry’s