Take in our local history from the ferry
Watch for the highlights:
Bell Wharf: Directly across from Church Point. Back then passengers rang the bell to signal the ferry driver.
Orange waterfront (Scotland Island East): John Jarrett and Noni Hazelhurst of Better Homes and Gardens built and lived here in the 1990’s.
Pitt Point (Scotland Island North): An iconic house designed by renowned architect Ken Woolley for builders Pettit and Sevit.
Scotland Island Lodge (North): A wonderful weekend getaway at the Lodge, a short walk from Tennis Court Wharf. Visit the Lodge website.
Tennis Court Wharf (Scotland Island North): Previously there was a court, now this is a great spot for a picnic. Tables and chairs and BBQ’s are provided. Easy access but no toilets available.
Tilly Devine’s (Scotland Island North): An infamous Madam with an Island waterfront retreat during the 1920’s. No treasure found, except for gunshot and gin bottles.
Halls Wharf: Access to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, including Lovett and Morning Bays. Beautiful walks and views, but no toilets, no shops, no dogs.
Pittwater YHA: Experience a stay in the National Park, get off at Halls Wharf. Visit the YHA website.
Di Morrissey’s early home: This is the fiction writer’s childhood home in Little Lovett Bay.
The Elvina: Watch for her moored near Lovett Bay. The timber vessel was built in the 1920’s. It still serves the Pittwater community as a back up to the main ferries.
Tarrangaua (Lovett Bay): Built in the 1920’s by poet Dorothea Mackellar. It is now home to Susan Duncan, author of Salvation Creek.
Salvation Creek (Lovett Bay): The magnificent setting for Susan Duncan’s books Salvation Creek and The House.
Ventnor (Elvina Bay): In 1842, when William Oliver had his first farm here, Ventnor. He cut timber and later established fruit trees.
Chips Rafferty’s place (Lovett Bay): Former home to the iconic Australian actor. Walls are made from his empty bottles. The rule – they all had to be drunk on site.
Trincomalee (point of Elvina Bay): Previously owned by a member of the Foy family. The daughter, Juanita Neilson, was a publisher, heiress, and anti development campaigner. She disappeared mysteriously in 1975.
Elvina Bay North Wharf: Another access point to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Walk some lovely but unmarked trails. No toilets and no dogs in the National Park.
Beashel’s Boatshed (Elvina Bay South): Home to Olympic and America’s Cup sailing family.
Timber waterfront (Scotland Island, near Bell Wharf): The former Mottl home. Rented to Susan Duncan when she first came to Pittwater.