When Captain John Piper arrived from Scotland in 1792 with the NSW Corps, it was unlikely he ever guessed he’d become known as he “Prince of Australia” because of his generosity and lavish entertaining. By 1816 he had received extensive grants of land on the harbour to Sydney’s east, and begun construction of the colony’s finest mansion.
Whilst Piper and his descendants have long since passed the suburb that bears his name is still the most exclusive enclave in the country. The point extends into Sydney harbour with Double Bay to the west, Rose Bay to the east and the full sweep of the harbour to the north. Its waterfront is dotted with the mansions of Australia’s most prominent citizens.
The most distinctive styles here mark every period of Sydney’s affluence with fine examples of Victorian, Edwardian, Federation, Art Deco, P & O, the solid ‘50’s, ‘60s funky through to sleek minimal. In the period between world wars, there were quite a few substantial apartments built, many taking advantage of exquisite harbour views.
Point Piper residents either order in, or take a short drive to Double Bay, Rose Bay or Edgecliff.
The Prince Edward Sailing Club is discreetly located here, and the sporting facilities of Rose Bay and Double Bay, with parks, tennis, football , cricket and gyms are only a brisk walk away.
Point Piper is 5.5km from the CBD. There are numerous buses along New South Head Road, and the Edgecliff Train Station is 20 minutes walk.
The houses that litter the waterfront are landmarks that distinguish Point Piper from all other suburbs. Whilst they’re obviously not open to the public, two of the beaches they open onto, Seven Shillings and Lady Martin’s, are.
The same as shopping really, with local restaurants, but Double Bay, Rose Bay and Edgecliff only moments away.
The adjacent suburbs offer a choice of excellent public schools, or fine private schools
like Cranbrook, Scots, Ascham and Kambala.