Sydney North


Sunday around Sydney

Enjoy beautiful beaches, take in fresh country air, visit orchards and parks or have a picnic with the kids. You can take the kids on a fantastic day trip to North Sydney using the Family Funday Sunday travel pass. 

  • Manly Bike Tours, Manly Beach
  • Barranjoey Headland and lighthouse, Palm Beach

Sydney North day trips

North Steyne beach, Manly

For $2.50 per person, your family can enjoy a fun day out with unlimited travel on Sydney's buses, trains, ferries and light rail every Sunday. There are plenty of things to do with the kids north of the city centre, all accessible by public transport. Use Family Funday Sunday's budget tickets to head to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park or have a day out at Sydney's beautiful northern beaches. 

Take the family to Palm Beach for a surf, swim or walk along the beach and have lunch at one of the casual local cafes or fish and chips on the beach before heading back to the city. Hop off the L90 at Newport for a drink and snack at the Newport Arms Hotel, which features a family-friendly beer garden and outdoor playgrounds.

Some of the peninsula's other great beaches on the L90 route are Dee Why, Narrabeen and Avalon beaches.

Manly has many attractions for family day-trippers on the beach and harbour. Follow the beachside walk to Shelley Beach, a lovely sheltered swimming spot perfect for families, take a shark tunnel tour at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary or rent a bike and cycle along the dedicated bike track to Fairy Bower. A great way to explore and enjoy the harbour foreshore around the area is the beautiful four hour Manly to Spit to Walk.

Take the 135 bus from Manly to the Quarantine Station and book a family ghost tour if you're looking for something different, entertaining and fun to do with the kids.

  • Walks, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park

    Walks and Bushwalks

    Explore the scenic walking tracks of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, where the Hawkesbury River meets the sea. Lane Cove National Park is another great day out, sitting either side of the Lane Cove River with plenty of picnic areas and walking tracks to discover. Or check out the stunning views along the length of the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk.

  • Manly aerial


    With the Pacific Ocean on the east, the beautiful stretch of coastline to the North covers almost 20km of coastline and boasts excellent dining, surf beaches, waterways and parklands. Outdoor ocean pools along the northern beaches are at Collaroy, Dee Why, North Narrabeen, Newport and Palm Beach.

  • Bathers Pavilion, Balmoral

    Food and Wine

    The dining scene in Sydney’s north is diverse and vibrant, with everything from fresh seafood to buzzing cafes to brilliant boulangeries. Catch the Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly and you’ll find plenty of dining options, from the famed Hugos, to Mexican Chica Bonita, to instant classic Papi Chulo, to late night hipster haven at Belgrave Cartel.