Suburb Profiles

Edgecliff

Introduction

Edgecliff is less than four kilometres east of the Sydney CBD and is part of the municipality of Woollahra, which was proclaimed in 1860. Early inhabitants of the area were the Eora, a grouping of Aboriginal people who inhabited the southern shore of Port Jackson. The Eora consisted of a number of bands or clans such as the Cadigal and Birribirragal. This is a highly sought after area because of its close proximity to the CBS as well as the many beautiful views of Sydney Harbour it provides its fortunate residents. Edgecliff features many stately Victorian terraces and charming, refurbished workers’ cottages, in addition to a range of large, older style apartments, contemporary resort-style apartments and luxurious townhouses. If you don’t want to drive into the city you can catch a train from Edgecliff Station or take one of the many buses from the bus interchange located above the station (bus route 325 travels to Wynyard).

Things to See & Do

There are a many historical landmarks around Edgecliff. On Edgecliff Road, there are two heritage homes, ‘Fairlight’, a Victorian Regency house built in 1855 by Mr Joseph William Cocks, and ‘Fernbank’, which was built in 1884 by Freeman, a well-known Sydney photographer. ‘Emma Chisett’ is a sign on a weatherboard wedge-shaped house on the corner of Cameron and Thorne Streets. The building was once a shop and it is believed that the name is a strine variant of the request ‘How much is it?’ The wrought iron gates at Cranbrook School and St Mark’s Church, Darling Point came from the Joyner’s Blacksmithing Shop in Edgecliff, which was operated by members of the Joyner family from 1858 to 1980 while on New South Head Road, the Edgecliff Post Office is heritage listed.

Shopping

Eastpoint and the Edgecliff Centre offers a range of supermarkets, fruit and vegetable and specialty stores. The area is just minutes from Double Bay which has a vast array of fashion and homeware stores, art galleries, supermarkets, delicatessens, pastry shops etc. Close by too, is the main shopping hub of Bondi Junction, where you’ll find major department. For fashion and homewares check out the stores along Oxford Street, Paddington, as well as Paddington Markets held on Saturdays.

Dining & Entertainment

Surrounded as it is by the exclusive suburbs of Double Bay, Paddington and Darling Point, Edgecliff offers a huge choice of venues for both casual and fine dining. Restaurants and cafes abound – ones of note include La Bella Casa Pizzeria, Flavour of India and Allegro. Popular eateries nearby include Bistro Lulu in Paddington, Bistro Moncur in Woollahra, Catalina Rose Bay, the Blue Oyster in Double Bay, and the elegant Pruniers in Woollahra. For movie lovers, there is the Double Bay Twin Cinema, and Chauvel and Verona cinemas in nearby Paddington.

Keeping Fit

With an enormous number of sporting and recreational facilities close by, Edgecliff is the perfect place to live for those who enjoy keeping fit. Only minutes from the golden sands of Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama, Clovelly and Coogee, Edgecliff provides many opportunities to enjoy swimming and surfing. Or if you prefer go horse riding, bike riding or jogging in nearby Centennial Park. Here you can also roller blade, picnic, or just relax with a good book under the shade of a tree. If golf is your thing, Moore Park golf course and driving range is also close by. Other golf courses close by include Royal Sydney and the Woollahra Golf Club. Recreation areas include the harbourfront Nielsen Park at Vaucluse, Redleaf Pool at Double Bay, Blackburn Gardens in Woollahra and Cooper Park in Double Bay – offering tennis courts, cricket pitches, barbecue and picnic facilities and bushwalking trails.

Educational Institutions

Woollahra Kindergarten, Thumbelina Day Care Centre and St Marks preschool cater for the littlies while schools include Ascham Girls’ School at Edgecliff, Rose Bay Convent, Double Bay Public School, Scots College and Cranbrook.