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Sydney/Lower North Shore

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The North Shore district is situated "across the harbour", north of both Sydney City and North Sydney, and stretches a broad swathe of land from the northern edge of Sydney Harbour up to the Hornsby Plateau. Despite the name, North Shore suburbs are almost all located well inland from the ocean and only a very few have actual harbor frontage.




The Lower North Shore consists of the district from North Sydney to Chatswood.

It includes North Sydney which is is a sizable commercial center in its own right (it has more office accommodation than the Adelaide CBD), and the trendy harbour side suburbs of Neutral Bay, Cremorne, amd Mosman. There is considerable high density accommodation in this area and it is a good base for travellers staying in Sydney for any length of time. Many workers commute by ferry into the city.

Further north on the train line and Pacific Highway are the adjacent suburbs of St Leonards and Crows Nest, mixed commercial and residential.

Travellers will appreciate the area as a convenient, and comfortable - base from which to explore the wider city, as well as containing many shopping opportunities, and parks, gardens, and views.

It is also a good area to visit by bus or train for a night out at one of the many high quality restaurants in the district.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

A regular Cityrail [14] trains run betwee Milsons Point to Chatswood on the North Shore line. These are extremely busy at peak hours, but not at other times. Trains for the North Shore depart from Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations in the city. Use Milsons Point to access the harbour, the bridge, and Luna Park. North Sydney and Chatswood stations both have bus interchanges.

Trains also run to and from Epping regularly. The Epping, North Shore, Northern and Western lines all run through Chatswood regularly.

By bus[edit]

Regular State Transit [15] buses run from the city throughout the Lower North Shore. From Chatswood there are regular bus services to the City, North Sydney, Crows Nest, Bondi Junction, Parramatta, Eastwood, Ryde, Macquarie Uni/Centre, Gladesville, Northbridge, Mosman, and the Northern Beaches.

By car[edit]

Lower North Shore suburbs are all within 20 minutes of the City Centre by car.

See[edit][add listing]

View from ferris wheel at Luna Park (Milsons Pt ferry wharf in foreground
  • Luna Park, 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point (walk straight down the hill from Milsons Point station and follow the signs), +61-2-9922-6644, [1]. Luna Park is an amusement park on the harbour's edge. The huge grinning face over the entrance is a Sydney icon.  edit
  • Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman (Taronga Zoo has its own ferry service departing Circular Quay), 61-2-9969-2777 (), [2]. 9AM to 5PM. is Sydney's major zoo and houses both Australian and exotic animals. Worth the trip for the views back to the city and Opera House. Don't miss the Bird Show where various native birds fly free over the heads of visitors. $100 for 2 adults and 2 children, $43 adults, $21 children 4-15 years, $30 concessions, free for children under 4 years. If you catch public transport you can buy a ticket which includes train, ferry and admission to the zoo. There are family tickets for entry to the zoo, and every child after the first travels free on Sydney public transport. You will have to do the math for yourself, but it is not always cheaper to buy a joint ticket if you have 2 or more children.. (-33.842441,151.243847) edit
  • Wendy Whiteley's garden, Foreshore, Lavender Bay (Downhill from Clark Park on Lavender Street). Wendy Whitely, the widow of famed Australian landscape painter Brett Whiteley, has cleared out disused railway land in Lavender Bay to create a large, unofficial park, packed dense with Australian and exotic flowers.  edit
The city as seen from North Sydney at night
  • North Sydney Oval, Miller St, North Sydney (Walk 15 minutes up the road from north sydney station). Great old cricket and rugby ground. Northern Suburbs (Shute Shield), North Sydney Bears (NSW Cup)use the ground regularly,with some NSW one-day cricket games played there in summer  edit

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Harbour parks, walks and picnics[edit]

Harbour views from parts of the district are spectacular. In addition to the normal views, Sydney Harbour has occasional fireworks displays, the most impressive of which is the New Year displays at 9pm on New Years Eve and at midnight on New Year's Day. Visitors hoping to watch the New Year fireworks from a North Sydney vantage point need to be prepared to arrive at around midday on New Year's Eve to claim a spot in one of the public parks. The area is frequently restricted access on New Year's Eve and visitors may not be allowed to bring alcohol into the area.

  • Blues Point Reserve, Blues Point Road, McMahon's Point (walk down to the most southerly end of Blue's Point Road; from the city, catch the Darling Harbour Route ferry to McMahons Point from Circular Quay and walk around to the park). Blues Point Reserve is a small grassy area right on the water, affording perfect views of the Bridge. It is the most popular area in the district to watch the fireworks at New Years' Eve.  edit
  • Balls Head Reserve, Ball's Head Road, Waverton (follow Bays Road and then Balls Head Road to the south-west of Waverton Station). Two points to the west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Balls Head is a large park and picnic area with extensive harbour views.  edit
  • Bradfield Park, Alfred Street South, Milson's Point (head directly down the hill from Milson's Point station; or head east from the Milsons Point ferry wharf). Bradfield Park is directly adjacent to the Harbour Bridge's northern approach. However, the very south end has the best view of the city on the other side of the harbour.  edit
  • Cremorne Reserve, Milson Road, Cremorne Point (head down Murdoch Road and Milson Road from Military Road, Cremorne, or catch bus route 225 to Cremorne Wharf. From the city, take the Mosman Bay ferry and get off at the first wharf (Cremorne Point).). Cremorne Reserve is a small park along the water near Cremorne Wharf, with sweeping views southwest to the city and Harbour Bridge. A good place to watch the sunset on a summer night with a picnic dinner.  edit
View of Gore Cove from Berry Island
  • Berry Island Reserve, (Walk down Shirley Road from Woolstonecraft station.). Berry Island first connected to the mainland with a causeway from Wollstonecraft farm in the 1800s. Later quarried sandstone made a permanent land bridge to the island. The land bridge is now lawns with a playground, and a loop walk circles the island, which will take around 20 minutes. There are interpretive signs about the Aboriginal heritage of the area. The last part of the walk can be done rock hopping along the sandstone rocks on the coastline. There is an aboriginal carving there, but it basic, and quite hard to make out. There is a lookout at the end of the point, with views across the harbour to Balmain and Birchgrove. You can also see across to HMAS Waterhen Naval Base. free.  edit
  • Extensive walking opportunities are available in Lane Cove National Park. Lane Cove Park is developed, with well formed walks, cafe, etc. Entry fee is payable for cars to enter. Cyclists and pedestrians are free.
  • Headland Park [16] at Middle Head, is bushwalking for the latte and chardonnay set. Take middle head road from Mosman - follow the signs to the Zoo, and then turn left at the roundabout onto Middle Head Road. The site offers spectacular vies over the harbout, and the city. Well formed bushwalks, picnic areas, and swimming at Chowder Bay and Balmoral beaches on the harbour. There are several well placed cafes and restaurants within the park, if you don't feel like carrying a picnic basket, including Ripples [17] near Chowder Bay. Buses 244 and 288 service the area on weekdays. On weekends, buses connect with the Taronga Zoo Ferry. Alternatively there is a connecting walk to Chowder Bay around Bradleys Head from the Taronga Zoo Ferry. Entry and parking is free.
  • Lane Cove National Park, Delhi Road, Chatswood, 02 9888 9133. The Lane Cove River is the site of many old trails and tracks, some of which have survived from logging days. They are now used extensively for recreational purposes. Many of them have been incorporated into the Great North Walk, a long distance walking trail from Sydney to Newcastle. This trail passes along the Lane Cove River between Boronia Avenue, Hunters Hill, and Thornleigh Oval, Thornleigh.  edit
  • Tambourine Bay Reserve in Riverview, has a park adjacent to it with a variety of bbq facilities. The park is also a peculiar meeting place for dogs and their owners. On most days, usually between 2-5pm, a group will gather and the dogs will play while the owners socialise. Not far from the park is a distinctive mangrove swamp and a reserve with many bush walking trails. Notes on these trails and sights to see can be obtained from [18]. The bay is picturesque with its yachts and native vegetation in the foreshore. A sea scouts clubhouse is located in the area, and is popular with rowers and sailors alike. Also nearby is the historic St Ignatius (Catholic) college, a prestigous seconday school in Sydney. The school has football fields and outdoor basketball courts that are often used freely by members of the public.
Tamborine Bay Reserve

  • Walk around the foreshore from Kirribili to Lavender Bay along the Luna Park promenade.</do>
  • Mosman walks, [3]. Walk on beautiful shorefront trails through trees and "bushland" in Mosman.  edit

People Watching[edit]

  • Chatswood's Victoria Street Pedestrian Mall, very close to the train station, has regular musical performances, an ethnic food market on Thursdays, and occasionally performances from buskers.


  • Chatswood Cinemas [19] Chatswood has two multi-screen cinema complexes, in Westfield and in the Mandarin Centre. In addition to mainstream movies the Mandarin Centre often features Asian films, including Japanese Anime, and films from Bollywood and China.
  • Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne, 61-2-9908-4344, [4]. The Orpheum shows mainstream and art house films in beautiful refurbished theatres. Call ahead to find out when the organist is playing for a real old rime treat. (-33.828167,151.229805) edit
  • Natural Wanders, Milsons Point, +61-4-2722-5072, [5]. Natural Wanders offers guided sea kayak tours of Sydney Harbour leaving from Lavender Bay. The minimum distance is 5.5km. No kayaking experience is required but a reasonable level of fitness is needed. from $65.  edit

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Shopping Malls[edit]

Chatswood can feel like one big shopping mall. Westfield, Lemon Grove, Chatswood Chase and the Mandarin centre merge along the Victoria Avenue into a seemingly endless stretch of fashion, food and just about everything else. The major chains are all there, with many of them having more than one outlet. There are also many smaller shops and centres lining the main shopping mall. Chatswood Chase is an upmarket shopping center with designer clothing stores and the upmarket department store David Jones. Chatswood Westfield is a mainstream shopping center with cheaper clothing stores. Chatswood Mandarin is a smaller shopping center with an Asian food court, a number of electronics stores, and a Chinese supermarket on the ground floor.

Most other North Shore suburbs have street shopping strips oriented towards locals and their needs.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Gourmet Pizza Kitchen, 60 Archer Street Chatswood, (02) 9411 8000. AU$15-AU$25. The Gourmet Pizza Kitchen is a family restaurant which serves thirty different gourmet-style pizzas.
  • The Genghis Khan Mongolian Barbeque Restaurant, 77 Archer Street Chatswood, (02) 9411 1147. AU$20. The Genghis Khan is a self-serve restaurant. Your meal is cooked on a large hot plate by a flamboyant chef.
  • Cha for Tea, 389 Victoria Ave Chatswood, (02) 9884 7668. Serves light meals, snacks and a wide range of (mostly tea-based) beverages. The leafy courtyard out the back is a very pleasant place to relax on a sunny afternoon.
  • Seri Malaya Restaurant, 56-62 Chandos St, St Leonards, (02) 9438 1233. Small and unpretentious, serving quality Malaysian, Thai and Chinese cuisine. Singaporean and Malaysian favorites added to the menu on F and Sa. Fully licensed and BYO. Lunch M-Sa 11am-3pm, dinner M-Sa 5:30pm-10pm.
  • Qmin, Shop 5, 207B Pacific Hwy St Leonards, (02) 9966 5557. Tucked away between Pacific Highway offices and the Royal North Shore Hospital, this Indian restaurant is in a surprisingly pleasant setting. Excellent food and service.
  • Curry Lane 110 Longueville Rd Lane Cove ph: (02) 9428 2922. Indian sit-down & takeaway restaurant with a range of flavorsome curries, naan bread, snacks, drinks & lassi. Great food & service. Of particular interest is reading the little philosophies on life srawled on the walls.
  • Makoto Sushi Bar 336 Victoria Ave, Chatswood Tel +61 2 9411 1838 Fax +61 2 9411 1835. Open 7 days, with dinner starting from 6pm. At a much higher quality than your standard sushi-bar, Makoto offers sushi, sashimi, along with a range of small cooked dishes. The service is authentically Japanese, and the cooks work in full view of the client, enclosed by the sushi conveyor.
  • 3 Addictions Pizza Espresso Bar, 4/4 Rangers Road Neutral Bay and Cremorne, (02) 9953 2002. AU$15-AU$25. 3 Addictions is a traditional Italian pizza restaurant. Chefs are members of Associanzione Verace Pizza and ensure specific principles are followed to ensure an authentic Neapolitan pizza.
  • CELSIUS Dessert BAR, Kiosk 4 Chatswood Bus Interchange, Chatswood NSW, 0433 174 356, $6.00-$7.50. Gourmet ice cream made before your own eyes. They sell good coffee too. KIWI gelato with lime syrup and princess Persia are a must.
  • Burnt Orange, 1108/1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2088, (02) 9969 1020, [6]. 8:30am - 5:30 pm. Cafe open daily serving delicious and seasonal breakfast, lunch and divine high tea surrounded by stunning harbour views. The award-winning boutique retail store has an amazing range of eclectic and wonderful products that includes clothing, books, jewellery, kidswear & toys, food, homewares & gifts.  edit
  • The Moody Chef (Licensed Cafe), 30 Atchison Street St Leonards NSW 2065, 02 9438 4681, [7]. M-S. The Moody Chef. For your daily gastronomical experience. Dine in or take away. Licensed. 30 Atchison Street, St Leonards. Please call 02 9438 4681 for reservations or visit Serving St Leonards since 2004. Delicious food, orgasmic coffee, fine wine, friendly faces Mon - Fri 6am till 5pm, Sat 7am till 3pm.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Gilroy's, 75 Christie Street St Leonards, (02) 9439 2213. Friendly Irish Pub catering to a mostly professional clientèle. The upstairs restaurant serves large meals, has comfortable seating and TV screens to keep an eye on the current sporting event.
  • Great Northern Hotel, 522 Pacific Highway (cnr Mowbray Rd) Chatswood. (02) 9419 4555. The Great Northern has a friendly outdoor beer garden, and serve generous steak dinners.
  • Chelsea Hotel, 10-14 Railway Street Chatswood, (02) 9411 4995. Mostly catering to the after-work crowd and locals, has low priced meals.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Sovereign Inn, 220 Pacific Highway Crows Nest, Sydney, [8]. checkin: 31/12/2010; checkout: 1/1/2011. Each fully air-conditioned room at Sovereign Inn Crows Nest has its own toilet and bath with a shower and tub, cable TV, in-room Internet connectivity, direct dial phone, hairdryer, ironing board, radio, coffee and tea-making facilities. Best rates on official website start at AU$125.  edit
  • Ascot Motor Inn, 18 Ingram Road, Wahroonga NSW 2076 Australia, +02 9487 3455 (fax: +9489 7559), [9]. The Ascot Motor Inn provides a modern, comfortable standard of accommodation at an affordable price. It is very close to the Australian Reptile Park and the Koala Sanctuary. Best rates on official website start at AU$68.  edit
  • Park Regis Concierge Apartments, 287 Military Road, Cremorne NSW 2090, 1800 006 922, [10]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. Ideally located amidst the relaxed village atmosphere of Cremorne - a short drive to the attractions of Sydney's city centre. The hotel's city fringe location gives leisure visitors numerous sightseeing and entertainment options on the North Shore. The hotel features fully self contained studio and one bedroom apartments some with harbour views. The apartments feature modern decor, climate controlled air-conditioning, TVs, direct dial phones with internet access and full kitchen and laundry facilities. The hotel is situated near numerous dining options with a restaurant and bar next door. From $99. (-33.8287,151.2293) edit
  • The Sebel Residence Chatswood, 37 Victor Street, +61 2 9414 1600, [11]. North Sydney Hotel moments from Chatswood's shopping and business districts. Apartment-style North Sydney accommodation a short walk to Chatswood railway station and a 10 minute train ride to Sydney's CBD.  edit
  • Lane Cove River Tourist Park (LCRTP), Plassey Road, North Ryde NSW 2113 (Accessible from Delhi Road (M2 or Pacific Highway), 02 9888 9133, [12]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. Lane Cove River Tourist Park provides cheap & clean powered and non powered caravan, tent, campervan and motorhome sites 10 km north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, located in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney and operated by National Parks and Wildlife Service (New South Wales). The National Parks and Wildlife Service (New South Wales) is a department of the Government of New South Wales and is staffed by officers dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment with the state. The nearest train station is North Ryde (approximately 30 minutes into the city). 39.  edit
  • Riverview Serviced Apartments, 302 Burns Bay Rd Lane Cove, 1800 639 381, [13]. Modern, comfortable and fully refurbished. Close to Chatswood, St Leonards, Lane Cove and North Sydney. All linen and towels provided. Fully air-conditioned, WIFI, Cable TV, Parking, Pool. Rates start at $129 per night. Studio, 1BR, 2BR and 3BR apartments.  edit


Stay healthy[edit]

  • Royal North Shore Hospital, Pacific Highway, St Leonards. tel 02 9926 7111. fax 02 9926 7779. The Royal North Shore Hospital is a fully equipped public teaching hospital. It has an emergency room.
  • Chatswood Medical & Dental Centre, 270 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood. tel 02 9413 2222. No appointments, just turn up. Payment by cash or credit card. They are used to seeing travellers there. Open 8am - 10pm, Monday to Sunday.
  • Forum Medical Centre, Pacific Hwy, St Leonards (cnr Herbert St). tel 02 9437 1883. Open 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday; 10am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday.

Stay safe[edit]

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