Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Parsley Bay

Narrow bay in the eastern suburbs with parkland and suspension bridge that is thought to have been named after the profusion of a native plant resembling parsley growing there.

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Parsley Bay: ‘One of the people’s playgrounds’

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Parsley Bay is an inlet of Sydney Harbour bordered by Point Seymour and Village Point, and is the traditional land of the Birrabirragal people. In 1907 the bay and immediate surrounds became a public reserve, and it has remained ‘one of the people’s playgrounds’ ever since.

Japanese Antarctic expedition camp at Parsley Bay 1911


In 1911 a Japanese expedition bound for Antarctica was forced to turn back by bad weather. In May the expedition arrived in Sydney and set up camp in Parsley Bay.