Located a short three kilometres from Sydney’s central business district, Kirribilli is nestled on the harbour and labled one of the city’s most coveted suburbs. The name Kirribilli is derived from the Aboriginal word Kiarabilii, which means ‘good fishing spot.’ With the water's edge accessible from several points in the area, it is just that for many Kirribilli locals. As one of the oldest areas in the country’s pseudo-capital, there is a lot to be found in a walk around Kirribilli.
Where to stay in Kirribilli
You’d be forgiven for falling in love at first sight with the Kirribilli area, as it has won over both domestic and international travellers alike. The character of the area is quintessential Sydney, with understated luxury woven into every frontage and architectural accent. Glenferrie Lodge is a 19th century heritage guesthouse in Kirribilli, complete with everything you can expect from modern accommodation. Balancing the benefits of being both budget and boutique, Glenferrie Lodge is one of the areas best kept secrets. Fully refurbished in 2015, the guest house is home to business and leisure travellers looking to explore the area, or journey the short distance to Sydney hotspots.
Where to explore in Kirribilli
A visit to Sydney is not complete without enjoying the Harbour Bridge Walk. Intended for pace and precision, this walk is a breathtaking journey with views of the Harbour, both rich in cultural importance and littered with landmarks along the way. For those lucky visitors with a well-timed itinerary, the Jacaranda bloom on McDougall St is a sight to behold with the purple foliage framing the iconic Sydney skyline. Travel by water or foot to the opera House and Botanic Gardens, or explore even further with Milsons Point railway station closeby.
The local flavours of Kirribilli
The cafe and dining scene in Kirribilli is a labour of love, providing local restaurants and watering holes to some of the city’s most affluent residents. Glenferrie Lodge guests tend to start at the day at the glass-fronted Celsius Coffee across the road, boasting panoramic views of the Harbour. The Botanist is another institution that bring crowds, offering an imaginative menu selection that is presented creatively. Award winning cocktails and household-name chefs are not uncommonly found in Kirribilli.
Proximity to iconic events
Vivid is an annual spectacle that needs no introduction. Inspired by design, light and the landmarks of which Sydney is famous - Vivid is high on the bucket list of many. Base yourself in a location with close access to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, or enjoy the private show from your own guest room. Glenferrie Lodge in Kirribilli is also popular for festive celebrations, with New Year’s Eve fireworks visible from the comfort of your room.
A morning or afternoon walk around Kirribilli is an experience shared by all who wish to breathe in the suburban air, laced with the seasonal Jacaranda bloom and the salty scents of the surrounding harbour. Glenferrie Lodge frequently welcome return guests looking to taste the roving menus of the neighbouring restaurants, or simply provide modern accommodation in which to unwind or base yourself a comfortable distance from the exciting city that beckons.