Things to do on the North Shore, Sydney
Growing up on the North Shore in Sydney was a great adventure and now I live in London, when you go back home you want to discover something new. When travelling in Sydney, don't just stay in the city, look to explore new places and become one of the locals. Here is a list below on the things I like to go when I am based on the North Shore.
Kirribilli Markets. They are a fantastic place for vintage, handmade and unique items. Great for anyone with a passion for art in all forms. Markets happen every 2 weeks, go to their website for the latest updates.
Lavender Bay. Walking from Luna Park, you are able to enjoy a different point of Sydney Harbour, but the quiet side, a place for the Locals. What is wonderful about this little walk, is the little Sculptures along the route of all the Great Australian Literature Characters.
Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden. As every one says 'It Sydney Worst Kept Garden Secret'. It is such a beautiful place. It was created by the Wife of Local Artist Brett Whiteley. Wendy Whiteley has created such a sanctuary. Every path you follow feels like a secret you have discovered and a place just for you. Bring a picnic or a good book and just relax. It is open 24/7.
Taronga Zoo. Without a doubt the best Zoo in the world. (Ask everyone I have ever taken there) It is the perfect place for a zoo. All the animals have been given great places to live in which is similar to the world they are from. Not only that, the views over Sydney Harbour are inspiring. For more refer to my blog.
May Gibbs. May Gibbs is a legend to any Australian you meet. She created our childhood books that were read to us every night. Her depiction of Australia Floral as Babies known as Snugglepot & Cuddlepie having Great Adventures is no wonder why she is so loved. Her work being loved for 100 Years. Later in her life she lived around Mosman. At May Gibbs Place there is a great mural of her work, as well you can visit her house at Nutcote, open 5 days a week. Where you can visit the gardens, go to the tea room and the little museum in the house.
MacCallum Pool. A place so great, not even most of the Sydneysiders know of it. Hidden on Cremorne Point, is the best Sydney Harbour Saltwater pool. It is a bit of a puzzle to find, but once your there you never want to leave, so much so we looked at the price of houses to buy in the area. You wish you were a local to be able to swim here everyday.
Blue's Point also known as McMahon's Point: Is one of the best views of Sydney Harbour. So good that people camp out for days to see the New Year Fireworks. It is a great place to be with your friends and families to enjoy a great picnic and watch the Harbour life.
The Foxtrot Inn. Is a fantastic bar to enjoy cocktails, great music along with an incredible vibe. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from late afternoon onwards. It really is a great bar at any time of the day and any friend.
Roseville Cinema. If you like Independent & Classic Films, as well as special films out in Release and the Old Cinema Experience. This is the place for you. Being build in 1900 it has been used as a Town Hall, Meetings place, Recruitment during WW1 and Dances until it was renovation in 1936 into what we see now, truly nothing beats an Art Deco Building.
Kuring-gai Art Centre. If your in town for a while or want to go a weekend Art Course, this is the place for you to go. I have done multiple classes there from my childhood to now. There is a mixture of Life Drawing Classes, Painting Classes (water colour, oil & acrylics) , Sculpture & Pottery Classes, Printmaking, Mosaics... The list it endless. It is a great atmosphere to work in along with a beautiful park next door to enjoy a cup of tea between classes. Even if you don't have time to have a class go visit the Gallery with Local Artisit on display.
Ku-ring-gai Bowmen. A thing you dont know about me is that I am an Archer. At Lindfield I learnt how to be an Archer all those years ago. Thank goodness for Lord of the Rings. Every 2 months Ku-ring-gai Bowmen offer a 3 weeks beginners course. If you are around for a month, i suggest doing this as it is a great new sport to learn, it is enjoyable and every one in the club is lovely.
Lane Cove National Park. This is a fantastic park for everything you can imagine. From Great Walks, Picnics, Kayaking and even staying the weekend in Lodges. Take the whole day or even two to enjoy the beautiful of this national park and all its narrow paths.
Marian Street Theatre for Young People. The greatest Theatre on the whole of the North Shore in my bias opinion. I spend many of my teenage years working as a Wardrobe Mistress on great shows. It has a great history and is a point of pride with the locals. This is a theatre for everyone at any age, but its main bases being a Theatre for Young People. I still remember my first show when I was 6 years Old.
Bobbin Head, also known as Ku-Ring-Gai National Park. This is one of my favourite National parks in all of Sydney. It has many different parts of the park but I'll be focusing on Bobbin Head. It has everything you need. A Place for kids to play, Picnic Areas, a Cafe, Marina, multiple Walks and a rich history. Entry into the park with your car is $12 which covers the day. There are many walks to take but the most popular and enjoyable is the Mangrove Boardwalk following into the Rainforest Walk. It is about a 2km walk there and back where you can see a variety of Australian Nature. The most historic & wonderful part of the Park is back at the Entrance on Bobbin Head Road. After WW1 a Solider Pte. W. T. Shirley was recovering in the nearby hospital carved this wonderful Sculpture of The Sphinx in Egypt. He must have been trying to recapture moments of happiness before the War.
Kiplings Garage Bar. Turramurra offically has a wonderful night life. This is a great bar with a huge variety of Wines, Cocktails served with a variety of delightful tapas. If you want to have a great meal and join in a great vibe this is the place to you. They even serve Organic Wines for the people that can't drink Wine (Thank You)
Golden Bakehouse. Now If you like Cupcakes as much as I do.. I reckon these are the best in the world. Nothing fancy just the sweetest taste in the world. Nothing beats ordering a Pink Cupcake. This is based at South Turramurra Shops on Kissing Point Road.
Wahroonga Park. Is a nice green open space that is perfect for parties, kids, picnics and listening to the song of birds. If you feel like taking a moment to rest this is the place to go. It has given me years of joy being here.
Flower Shops. There are multiple Flower Shops in Wahroonga. There is always so much bloom and colour. It is worth just stopping by to smell the flowers.
The Butcher's Block. This is a fantastic place to grab a magazine, sit down with a Coffee and enjoy a Delicious Breakfast. It has a wonderful atmosphere with architectural decor. If you are like me, you'll spend a long time enjoying yourself even to the point you need to also get one of there cakes in the window.
Berowra Waters. The best way to start your adventure to Berowra Waters is by stopping off at Barnetts Lookout. It has an incredible view over the Waters and the beauty of Australian Gum Trees as far as the eye can see. Once you drive down the Valley to the Waters, you are stopped as you cross a little ferry over to the other side where there are a variety of Restaurants, Picnic Spot, Walks and Fishing.
Pie in the Sky. Now you are almost out of Sydney, but the best is saved for last. Hands down the best Pie in the whole widee world. Not only does it have a huge variety of pies that just melt in your mouth, it has a wonderful view looking over the Hawkesbury River and if you look hard enough you will see the Ocean. This is a really popular place with Locals and Lots of Motor bikers, so much sure you get there around midday for your taste of a pie.
I hope this inspires you to see as much as you can of Sydney and experience life as a local on the North Shore.
As my Grandfather said, being one of his Greatest Jokes... " Why did Gordon, Killara? Cause Chatswood"..... Well I guess you have to see the North Shore to get the joke.