Discover Sirius Cove Reserve and Beach in Mosman

Sirius Cove Reserve is a dog-friendly hideaway in the suburb of Mosman on Sydney’s lower north shore.

Also referred to as Little Sirius Cove, this charming spot is home to a secluded beach, a playground, and a large picnic area.

It’s also a great starting point for the walking trail eastbound to Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head, and Chowder Bay, or westbound to Cremorne Point.

How to Get There

Sirius Cove Reserve is located at the very end of Sirius Cove Road in Mosman (see map location).

If you’re travelling by car, the reserve has a designated parking area. If that parking area is full, try suburban street parking a bit further away.

Another way to travel to this reserve is by ferry. The closest ferry stops are the South Mosman and Mosman Bay wharves west of Sirius Cove, and Taronga Zoo wharf east of Sirius Cove.

It’s only a short walk (up to 20 minutes) from these wharves.

Access to Sirius Cove Reserve
Access to Sirius Cove Reserve

Alternatively, travelling by bus is also an option. Check the bus timetable on the NSW Transport Info website for more details.

Sirius Cove can also be reached via the walking trail along the shoreline that leads to Taronga Zoo and Bradleys Head. Cremorne Point, on the other side of the bay, is a bit further away.

Map

Here is a map of the area:

Map of Sirius Cove Reserve

Sirius Cove Reserve and Beach

Quietly tucked away in one of the many lower north shore bays, Sirius Cove Reserve is a peaceful little paradise with excellent facilities for the whole family, including the dog.

Yes, with a dog-friendly beach, Sirius Cove is one of the best places in Sydney to let your dog run around and go for a little splash.

Sirius Cove Reserve
Sirius Cove Reserve

Sirius Cove was named after HMS Sirius, the flagship of the First Fleet that arrived in New South Wales at the end of the 18th century.

Located at the end of Sirius Cove Rd in Mosman, the reserve has a spacious setup, and is equipped with picnic tables, a fenced playground for children, a drinking fountain, and a toilet/shower block.

Protected by a sandstone wall, the 250-metre wide beach is south-facing to a deep bay that flows into Sydney Harbour. The water is usually quiet and shallow and, therefore, perfect to walk into with your dog without getting too wet.

Sirius Cove Beach
Sirius Cove Beach

Dogs are permitted off-leash in the park, on the beach, and in the water all day from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays, this is restricted to non-peak hours before 9 am and after 4 pm. Check the Mosman Council website for more details.

Dogs love hanging out in friendly Sirius Cove, but please be mindful of other visitors when letting your four-legged friend out running.

Curlew Camp

An interesting fact about Sirius Cove that many don’t know about is that in the late 19th century, various leading Australian artists used to come there to do their creative work. Some of their most famous paintings were actually created right there.

Curlew Camp, as it was called, became a popular gathering spot for artists, writers, and musicians. The camp was located at Little Sirius Cove, just around the corner of Sirius Cove.

Little Sirius Cove and Curlew Camp
Little Sirius Cove early 20th century

The “Curlew Camp Artist’s Walk” is the walking trail from South Mosman Ferry Wharf towards Taronga Zoo that the artists followed to get to the camp.

The camp was ultimately abandoned in 1912 when the area was chosen to build the new Taronga Zoo, but the historical significance of Curlew Camp has always remained.

Walking Tracks and Beaches Nearby

Sirius Cove Reserve can easily be accessed by foot via the foreshore walking trail that takes in places like Cremorne Point, Mosman Bay, Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head, and Chowder Bay.

1. Go East: Whiting Beach, Athol Bay and Bradleys Head

If you’re visiting the reserve and feel like hiking, it’s best to head east towards Taronga Zoo and Bradleys Head. The starting point of this scenic trail is located at the eastern end of the beach.

Climb up the stairs and follow the path towards Little Sirius Cove and Little Sirius Point at the tip of the bay.

Whiting Beach
Whiting Beach

Just around the corner of Little Sirius Point is Whiting Beach, a small, south-facing strip of sand with densely vegetated slopes, right in front of Taronga Zoo.

Continue the walking trail past Taronga Zoo Wharf, and you’ll soon arrive at Athol Bay, another quiet and secluded beach.

Bradleys Head Lighthouse
Bradleys Head Lighthouse

From Athol Bay, follow the beautiful Bradleys Head Walking Track to an iconic landmark in Sydney Harbour.

The foreshore walking trail doesn’t have to end there, though. If you still have energy, you can continue all the way to Balmoral Beach via Chowder Bay.

2. Go West: Mosman Bay and Cremorne Point

From Sirius Cove Reserve, you can also go in the other direction, towards Mosman Bay and Cremorne Point.

Views from Cremorne Point
Views from Cremorne Point

Follow Curlew Camp Road and look for the “Curlew Camp Walk” sign. This walking trail goes through quiet suburban streets to Mosman Bay, followed by Cremorne Point.

The easy 3 km foreshore circuit trail around Cremorne Point offers beautiful views of Mosman Bay, Sydney Harbour, and the city skyline.

 

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Published: May 7, 2021
Updated: November 22, 2023

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AJ Mens

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