Clifton Gardens is an urban locality in the suburb of Mosman in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Clifton Gardens is located in the local government area of the Municipality of Mosman and is part of the Lower North Shore .
Clifton Gardens features an affluent residential area and is home to several beaches and wharves on Sydney Harbour. Clifton Gardens is also a popular fishing spot in summer. Species like the yellowtail kingfish, bonito and australian salmon are caught frequently during summer months. In winter trevally can be caught quit regularly.
Early settler Captain E. H. Cliffe purchased a 15 acre estate on the waters edge, he named it "Cliffeton" and it is believed that the area's name was derived from that. A hotel called the Clifton Arms was built in 1871 by D. Butters. It was bought by David Thompson who built the Marine Hotel that operated from 1891 to 1967. Thompson also built a wharf and dancing pavilion here and the area became popular as a picnic spot.