Sydney North


Family fun in Sydney's North

Enjoy a family day out at Luna Park or explore the award-winning Taronga Zoo to meet native and exotic wildlife amidst stunning harbour views. Or catch the ferry to Manly, where you can marvel at the underwater world of SEA LIFE Sanctuary before walking to Manly Beach, where you can enjoy great surf year-round.

  • Taronga Zoo, Mosman
  • Stand up paddleboarding, Shelly Beach, Manly

About Sydney North

North of Sydney Harbour you will find an area known for beautiful beaches, gorgeous bushwalks and a host of family activities.

For exhilarating rides, sideshow games and spectacular Sydney Harbour views, the beautifully restored 1930s fairground of Luna Park is a great attraction for the whole family. Neighbouring Mosman is meanwhile home to Taronga Zoo, one of Sydney's most famous attractions, which houses more than 4,000 animals. Enjoy nearby Military Road for its boutiques and bustling cafe lifestyle, and take a relaxing beachside walk at Balmoral Beach.

Hurley Australian Open of Surf, Manly

Further north, you’ll find the famous Manly Beach and Palm Beach, bookending a beautiful stretch of coastline known as the Northern Beaches, including Dee Why, Curl Curl and Narrabeen. This area offers great surf beaches, cliff-top walks, and alfresco dining options.

Catch the ferry to Manly and enjoy the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. Hire a bike or take in the scenery while you walk the Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walkway. Or head north to the natural estuary of Pittwater for walks, camping and water sports.

Further north-west is the beautiful Hawkesbury River, which you can explore by boat or stay overnight in a cosy riverside boathouse. The Hawkesbury River meets the sea at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, a place of great natural beauty and history in the Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai area. 

  • Taronga Zoo, Mosman

    Animal Encounters

    Visit Taronga Zoo and come face to face with native, rare and exotic animals. Visit Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and observe a wide variety of marine species or take the plunge and swim with sharks, stingrays and thousands of fish.

  • Palm Beach, Northern Beaches

    Northern Beaches

    Head to Palm Beach and take advantage of acclaimed surfing conditions or unwind on the city’s northernmost stretch of sand. Ride the iconic Sydney ferry to Manly Wharf and spend the day lazing on white sands, learning how to surf or swimming in the lifeguard patrolled waters of Manly Beach.

  • Manly Spit Bridge Walk, Manly

    Sydney Walks

    Spend time exploring the scenic walking tracks that weave their way through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park or enjoy a family day out spent within the bushland of the Lane Cove National Park. Savour the spectacular harbour and beach views offered along the length of the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk.

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Local areas

  • Hawkesbury The Hawkesbury area is perfect for that rural escape or riverside holiday. Hawkesbury offers plenty of good dining and accommodation options.
  • Manly Manly is the perfect beach for the whole family with sheltered swimming, surf, an aquarium, great fish and chips and plenty of ice-cream shops.
  • Mosman Sophisticated Mosman is positioned on the harbour and home to several pocket-sized harbour beaches, stylish cafes and boutiques, and Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
  • Northern Beaches North of the city, the beautiful stretch of coastline from Manly to Palm Beach has a relaxed beachside ambience and plenty of things to see and do.
  • Palm Beach Palm Beach is only a 50-minute drive from Sydney. lists Palm Beach accommodation, restaurants, weather and departing times for the Palm Beach Ferry
  • Windsor Discover fascinating things to do in one of NSW’s original colonial settlements. Explore beautifully preserved historic buildings and riverside parks.