North Sydney is just over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is a great place to see the harbour from a different perspective. View it from the top of a fairground ride, indulge at one of the waterside fine dining restaurants, browse one of Sydney's best vintage markets and explore a delightful secret garden.
Things to do
The Lavender Bay and Milsons Point circuit walk takes in the area's main sights, from Bradfield Park and Broughton St Lookout under the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Luna Park and the North Sydney Olympic Pool (which is currently closed for renovations). Continue along the Lavender Bay Foreshore to get to Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden and Lavender Bay Parklands.
Luna Park is North Sydney's main drawcard, especially for families. The amusement park is right on the harbour, which makes the Ferris wheel all the more fun because you'll also get to enjoy some fantastic views when you reach the top.
From here, stroll to Lavender Bay and discover artist Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden. This 20-year labour of love has seen a neglected garden transformed into a tranquil public space and lovely picnic spot. Keep walking along the bay to be rewarded with more great views.
A dose of art & culture
Nearby in Neutral Bay, stop by Nutcote, the historic harbourside home and studio of May Gibbs, Australia’s foremost children’s author and illustrator. Take a guided tour, explore the delightful gardens and stop by the cafe while the little ones play in the kids room.
Arts aficionados will enjoy the in nearby Kirribilli, it's Australia's longest continuously running professional theatre group. It stages a selection of international classics and Australian works. The bustling Kirribilli Market, held twice a month, is a fashion bargain hunter's dream.
Eat & drink
Another bi-monthly market in the area is the Green Moustache and funky Med-inspired plates at The Botanist., held on the first and third Saturday of the month in Civic Park, where you can pick up fresh produce and gourmet treats. You'll find a range of casual eateries around Miller Street in North Sydney, including rooftop oasis
For waterside fine dining with harbour views, it doesn't get much better than Sails on Lavender Bay. It has prime position near the ferry wharf at McMahons Point, so you can hop off and sit down to lunch with fantastic views of the Sydney Opera House. For something more causal, check out Flying Bear Cafe, situated on the wharf at the Sydney Flying Squadron Sailing Club in Kirribilli.