North Sydney is one of the oldest and most elegant areas of Sydney. This leafy suburb offers something for everyone, but history buffs and nature lovers in particular will be right at home. If you’re planning to stay in the area just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, check out these top six highlights.
For a postcard-perfect picnic: Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden
Pack a hamper and a good book, then spend the rest of the day underneath the towering old Morton Bay fig in Wendy’s Secret Garden. What was once a used railroad lot is now a blooming masterpiece brought to life by Wendy in the years after the passing of her husband, the iconic artist Brett Whiteley. There are no signposts to the garden, but if you can find it you’ll be rewarded with leaf-framed views of the river and Bridge.
For a cosy nightcap: The Botanist
For mouthwatering meals and a delicious beverage or two, make your way to The Botanist at 17 Willoughby Street. This cool spot drips with greenery and offers up fresh and quirky dishes to share. Treat yourself to an elderflower & lychee martini or a cherry pie flavoured cocktail. Or, divvy up a shared cocktail jug between friends as you catch up.
For a special lunch: Aqua Dining
For one of the best restaurants in North Sydney with a perfect view over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, make a booking at Aqua Dining located right above North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool. It’s different, delicious and an unforgettable experience. Feeling like something a bit more casual? Harry’s Café de Wheels has been serving up tasty fast food since 1945, and eating a pie on their al fresco stools is memorable in itself.
For good old-fashioned fun: Luna Park
It’s an easy 15 minute walk from our serviced suites in North Sydney to Luna Park, and once you get there you can walk straight through the grinning mouth and take in the many original aspects from this theme park built in the 1930s. A ride on the Ferris Wheel is a must, as is having a crack at the arcade games. Our tip is to go at night to see the park completely light up.
For nostalgic nature: May Gibb’s Nutcote
If you loved May Gibb’s Snugglepot and Cuddlepie as a child, you will adore Gibb’s home Nutcote where she lived for much of her life. The 1924 building was saved from developers and we’re glad it was – the home and museum are both a delight. What really stands apart, though, is the garden. Take in turquoise water views through shady trees, and look out for those big bad banksia men!