Northern Sydney

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Intro

This part of the city is pretty suburban. If you spend more than a few days in Sydney you will probably head over the bridge to check out the northern side of the harbour here. If you go a little further there are some interesting things to see and do. There are some great spots to view Sydney's fireworks here.

Beaches
Greenwich Baths

Busy in the summer. Nice netted swimming area in the harbour that costs.

Balmoral Beach

Beautiful harbour beach cut in two by a rocky headland. Good place for a quiet swim. Popular on the weekend.

Chinamans Beach

Wander through Rosherville Reserve to this popular harbourside beach.

Nightlife
Greenwood Hotel

Nice pub right above North Sydney Station. It closes early but is good for a drink outside on a sunny day. It is busy on the weekend. In particular during the day on Sunday for SASH by day.

Kirribilli Club

Beautiful spot overlooking the harbour. Reasonably priced beer.

Crows Nest Hotel

All you can eat pizza and cheap beer on Monday. Busy on the weekend with a young crowd.

The Oaks

Big beer garden to spend warm afternoons in.

Attractions
Luna Park

A little, old-school theme park on Sydney Harbour with a roller coaster and some other rides. About $12 for a ride. You can get an unlimited pass on Friday & Saturday night after 6pm for $35.

Secret Garden

Take the steps down past the Indian restaurant on Lavender street until you get to this hidden oasis.

Blues Point Reserve

Small grassy reserve with a great view of the harbour. Popular spot to see Sydney's famous fireworks.

Balls Head Reserve

A short walk to the southwest of Waverton Station. Beautiful area with great harbour views.

Cremorne Reserve

Difficult to park anywhere near here during major events but there is a great view back towards Sydney harbour and not too many people.

Bradley Head

Lots of space and great views back into the harbour but can be a little hard to get to.

Lane Cove National Park

Some nice walks through here. You have to pay to park in the National Park but there is lots of parking outside. In particular Plassey Rd. There is a large cave near the park entrance on Carramar Rd. Walk in from Carramar Rd and when you hit the main track turn right. The cave is a short walk from here and if you go past the cave there is a nice waterhole.

Ku-ring-gai National Park

Lots of great walking tracks here especially Resolute Bay, America Bay & Great Mackerel Beach. The main campsite is called The Basin and is very popular. Pays to book ahead for this one. The best way to get to The Basin is via the ferry from Palm Beach Wharf on Barrenjoey Rd. Tickets are $16.40 return. Great campsite with a party atmosphere in the summer $34 for a site.

Food
Commodore Hotel

Great burgers and a good balcony to drink beers on.

Ryos Noodles

Hidden away at the far end of North Sydney Park. This is one of the best Japanese places in the country. Cash only.

Grape Garden

Inside the Lemon Grove Centre. Lots of good food places around here but Grape Garden is something special. Hand pulled noodles, pancakes and genuinely friendly service.

Plassey Rd

There is long-term parking here next to a caravan park. The facilities are owned by the national park so you can use them. The national park also has BBQs. There is a train station (North Ryde) within walking distance and some cafes and restaurants around.

Pittwater YHA

Peaceful, beautiful backpacker hostel reached by ferry. Catch the ferry at Church Point Wharf at the end of Pittwater Rd $7.50 one way. Great place to chill out or go kayaking.