Updated: Mar 24
With towering North Sydney behind and expansive Sydney Harbour views in front, the village-like atmosphere of McMahons Point is a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of its neighbouring suburbs. The suburb of McMahons is an easy and short walk away from North Sydney and only a short ferry away from Sydney CBD- a perfect place for dining on your day out in the city. The suburb of McMahons Point, located 3 kilometers north of the Sydney central business district on Sydney's Lower North Shore, sits on the peninsula, flanked by Berrys Bay to the west and Lavender Bay to the east. It is said that McMahon's Point is named after Michael McMahon, a 19-year old Irish farm labourer who arrived in Sydney on Feb 14, 1848 with his brother, while another story says it is named after Maurice McMahon - an Irish manufacturer of brushes and combs who, in 1864, was the first to build his home on the headland. He became mayor of the borough of Victoria (later North Sydney) in 1890.
The original occupants of this region were the Cammeraygal. These people lived along the foreshores and in bushland, cliffs and rock shelters prior to European settlement. Once predominantly working-class, it is now among Sydney’s most exclusive localities.
McMahons Point's residential streetscapes provide windows into its architectural past. This aspect, combined with the area's environmental attributes, brought artists such as Roland Wakelin and Will Ashton at Berrys Bay, and later, Lloyd Rees, into the area.
McMahons Point is primarily a medium-to-high-density residential area with many attractive spots for visitors and residents like The Sawmill Reserve for picturesque views, or The Zinger Taj Restaurant for the best Indian food in Sydney. Sawmillers Reserve is one of North Sydney's true hidden gems. Follow the winding steps down to this hidden park that is situated on the foreshore with expansive views over Pyrmont, Balmain and Balls Head Reserve. An old shipwreck lies just offshore in Berrys Bay and remnants of its former days as a timber yard are still visible. The reserve is at the water's edge and provides a beautiful view of the harbour. The place makes for a perfect picnic spot, especially when you want to walk off a scrumptious lunch at the Zinger Taj where you can indulge your taste buds in Seafood, Meat, and even Vegetarian dishes made better with a mix of different spices and condiments.
McMahons Point on Lavender Bay was not always a place of luxury residential dwellings with superb views to the harbour and the city of Sydney. From the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, it was an important industrial waterfront landscape which provided northsiders with workers' cottages, ferry wharves and yards.
Its views and vistas, and its pathways to the waterfront, created an intricate web of tracks and laneways, eventually building into a vibrant community with shops, such as the Zinger Taj restaurant and the Willington London Store at the corner of Blues Point Road and King Georges Street.
Blues Point Road had been gazetted from 1839 as a thoroughfare from the ferry wharf to the St Leonards township. Most of the middle and southern sections of the peninsula were subdivided by the 1870s. A tram line was extended to McMahons Point in 1909, further stimulating development, particularly along Blues Point Road.
Large numbers of passenger and vehicular ferries travelled between Blues Point/McMahons Point and the city at the turn of the century. When the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932, the wharves of McMahons and Blues Point provided services every 10–15 minutes and served six million passengers per year.
Currently, Blues Point Road is home to restaurants with reputations that attract foodies from all over. The commute is easy and quick, and you can stroll down the hill to Blues Point Reserve, a popular outlook that offers unparalleled views of Sydney Harbour and Walsh Bay. This is a very popular spot to watch fireworks during the festive season. Make it a memorable experience by following the firework shows with a hearty meal of smokey, aromatic Tandoori Chicken followed by some Garlic Naan and soft, spicy, and indulgent Paneer Tikka Masala at Zinger Taj at Blues Point Road.
There are events being held in and around Blues Point Road and McMahons suburb constantly. Plan a day out and end on a high note with some delicious soulful Indian food at Zinger Taj. Try new delicacies every time you visit! Our menu has an extensive range of dishes compiled by cherry-picking some of the best and most flavorful items from several different cuisines across the Indian subcontinent. We are open for lunch as well as dinner so you can pop in for any meal and have a great time with your family and friends.
Hungry? Book your table at Zinger Taj at Blues Point Rd, Mcmahon’s Point to enjoy a good, tasty meal!
You can also pick-up or order online and enjoy our delicacies from the comfort of your home!