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Mosman to Cremorne

If this ride is on your bucket list, you might consider removing it. I have often wondered how close you can ride to the northern shoreline of Sydney Harbour; that is, from Mosman to the Harbour Bridge. After trying it, I can report that road-averse riders cannot get far at all.

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I unloaded my bike at the nearest accessible water reserve on the western side of Taronga Park Zoo, which is Sirius Cove Reserve. I was grateful to have an eBike as some of the Mosman and Cremorne hills would challenge a mountain-goat. Sirius Cove is a pretty little spot, which you can see from the top of the next hill. It was a dull day so the photos have little punch.

2Every street I took towards the shoreline was blocked with private properties and no-through roads. That’s why the Strava map looks such a mess. The only real shoreline access among the labyrinth of hilly, narrow, busy streets is Mosman Bay. It’s a lovely bay, but the ferry wharf means it is also busy and there is not much to explore except the Mosman Bay Reserve.

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If you enjoy fancy architecture, the highlight feature of this ride is the houses. Every imaginable style of mansion is there and the views over some backyards are amazing.

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When you reach the only other section of accessible public land at Cremorne Reserve you are greeted with a “NO BIKES” sign. The local council are not simply bike un-friendly, they are positively bike-hostile. For most of this ride, the only harbour views are across the tops of houses, but you cannot enjoy even this because the footpaths are narrow and the streets treacherous.6

I was glad to turn back after one and a half hours and a difficult 20kms. I hope my report saves you from doing this a ride. At least it’s one more ticked off the list.

Mosman Cremorn map

 

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