Best Things To Do In North Sydney, Australia

things to do in north sydney australia
Adrian Chew
Adrian Chew 

North Sydney is Sydney’s best escape route to unwind. Situated in the northern part of the Sydney Harbour, it is an area known for its beautiful beaches, gorgeous bushwalks, theme parks, spellbinding coastline, Sydney Harbour views, and is home to more than 4,000 animals in the zoo. Besides, also experience swimming with the sharks at Manly Sea Life. North Sydney has so much to offer to the young, old, families, tourists, or first timers. For the more adventurous, there are great options for surfing, cliff top walks, and there are many thrilling rides at theme parks. As for dining options, there is everything from alfresco dining to gourmet, which are all inspired by Aussie’s love of freshness.

1. Luna Park Sydney

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A visit to a world class amusement park is not only meant for the young but also for the young at heart. Luna Park is located at Milson Point under the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The amusement park is accessible either by train, bus, or car. Experience the magic on the many rides and discover the amazing views right on the Sydney Harbour, with a spectacular view of the Opera House. Hop on crazy rides such as the tango train and the Ferris wheel. But before that, buy yourself an unlimited ride pass to start your fun-time frenzy.

Luna Park Sydney

Address: 1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales 2061, Australia

Price: Entrance to the park (Free), Park rides (Unlimited 1 day pass available)

Opening Hours: Refer to the website as it differs each day

Duration: About 1 to 2 hours

Access: By train, bus or car

Contact: +61 2 9922 6644

Near by Food: Ferris Wheel Dining

Website: Luna Park Sydney

2. Dooragan National Park

Tonights sunset over North Brother Mountain from North Haven in the beautiful Camden Haven. #camdenhaven #legendarypacificcoast #portmacquarie

Posted by Visit Camden Haven on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Next, you should visit Dooragan National Park. This national park is situated about 365 km (226.8 mi) northeast of Sydney on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales near Laurieton. It is a hidden gem and a beautiful place to stretch your legs and have a picnic. The view from North Brother lookout is magnificent and you can snap some photos while enjoying the great views around the surrounding area. The Laurieton is indeed a challenging trail and if you are an adventurous type you should go for it. While walking along the trail, you will pass through eucalyptus forest. On the other hand, if you want something more relaxing, go for a walk along the rainforest loop. It will bring you through cloud-formed subtropical rainforest and once you reach the summit, you will be surprised to see hang gliders and paragliders preparing to launch from the summit.

Dooragan National Park

Address: Captain Cook Bicentenary Road, North Sydney, New South Wales 2443, Australia

Price: Free

Opening Hours: Open from sunrise to sunset

Duration: Between 1 to 2 hours

Access: By bicycle, car or public transport

Contact: 02 6588 5555

Website: Dooragan National Park

3. Canoelands Orchard

Glenorie Growers Market is back for the year today. Sonia from Canoelands Orchard is there today braving the wet weather...

Posted by Canoelands orchard on Saturday, 25 February 2017

While visiting North Sydney, you should also check out the Canoelands Orchard. Canoelands Orchard is not an ordinary orchard and you will be surprised by a visit here. You get to pick your own fruit and treat yourself to fresh farm produce like blueberries, peaches, passionfruit, plums, and tomatoes. Besides, you get to indulge in the fresh honey, jam, chutneys, and ice creams. Do not miss the guided tours, which includes tractor and bee tours. The most popular tour is the jam tour as you get to experience the aroma of the fruit and enjoy the beautiful scenery around the orchard. This tour is suitable for people of all ages and first timers.

Canoelands Orchard

Address: 27-29 Canoelands Road, North Sydney, New South Wales 2157, Australia

Price 6.55 AUD / 5 USD (Adults), 4 AUD / 3 USD (Children, 5 to 15 years) , Free (Children below 5 years)

Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily. Closed on Christmas day.

Duration: Between 1 to 2 hours

Access: By car from Sydney’s Central Business District

Contact: 04 1968 8039

Near by Food: Plenty of delicacies

Website: Canoelands Orchard

4. Don Bank Museum

Posted by James Waite on Tuesday, 28 June 2016

From the exterior, you may have been mistaken by thinking that the Don Bank Museum is actually a cabin. The Don Bank Museum is within walking distance from Sydney Railway Station. Therefore, it is quite easy to get there from the station. The uniqueness of this museum is a rare example of an early timber slab building nestled in a remaining Victorian garden. It features the history of the house and its former occupants. This old wooden building is well preserved thanks to the local government.

Don Bank Museum

Address: 6 Napier St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia

Price: 1.3 to 2.6 AUD / 1 to 2 USD (Concession)

Opening Hours: Wednesdays (12 pm to 3pm), Sundays (2 pm to 4 pm). Closed on public holidays.

Access: Within walking distance from Sydney Railway station

Contact: +61 2 9955 6279

Website: Don Bank Museum

5. Milson Park

Lavender bay north Sydney

Posted by Joao Ho on Saturday, 29 October 2016

Milson Park is just a 10 minute walk along High Street from Ferry Wharf. Besides, you can also walk from the railway station at Milson Point. It is a lovely park with jacaranda trees and is spectacular when it is in full bloom in spring. In November, the Jacaranda trees attract a huge crowd when the place is under a purple canopy. Take a stroll at the park and enjoy the marvelous view of Sydney Central Business District, the Opera House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as the view of the sparkling water. This place is worth visiting for everyone whether you’re first timers, seasoned travelers, or locals.

Milson Park

Address: McDougal Street, Kirribilli, North Sydney, New South Wales 2061, Australia

Price: Free

Opening Hours: You can go at anytime

Duration: about 1 hour

Access: Within walking distance from High Street, Ferry Wharf, and Milson Point Train Station

Contact: +61 2 9936 8100

Website: Milson Park

6. Blues Point Reserve

Blue Point Reserve scenery
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Hop on the ferry and disembark at McMahons Point for a wander at Blues Point Reserve. From here, you can enjoy the best view of the iconic Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. Moreover, it is a lovely place to unwind and also an ideal place for a picnic spot with kids and family. It is a great place with an awesome view of Sydney, especially for first timers. Do not forget to bring your camera while exploring the wonders at Blues Point Reserve. Your camera is not just your travelling companion but it is more than that. The Blues Point Reserve is indeed the best-kept secret in Sydney!

Blues Pint Reserve

Address: Corner Blues Point Road and Henry Lawson Drive, McMahons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia

Price: Free

Opening Hours: You can go at anytime

Access: By ferry

Contact: +61 2 9255 1788

Website: Blues Pint Reserve

7. Wendy's Secret Garden

Posted by Jenny Daly on Monday, 6 February 2017

This is not the famous novel, but Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden shares some commonalities with it. Just like the novel, which has the garden as its setting, this point of interest is an actual place in North Sydney. Tucked around Lavender Bay, Wendy’s Secret Garden is a little secret gem worth a visit. It is an enchanted secret garden, a wonder of Wendy Whitely as a tribute to her beloved husband. It offers a tranquil, romantic and beautiful atmosphere in a gorgeous garden setting with a stunning harbor backdrop. This attraction is definitely worth a visit and is a peaceful oasis in a busy city like Sydney. You can get there either by walking from the Milsons Point Ferry Wharf or North Sydney Train Station.

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Address: Near Luna Park | Clark Park, Lavender St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060 N.S.W., Australia

Price: Free

Opening Hours: You can go at anytime

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Access: Accessible from Milsons Point Ferry Wharf and North Sydney Train Station

Contact: +61 2 9936 8100

Website: Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden

Explore the outdoors

North Sydney, a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales, is home to the famous Sydney Harbour and the world heritage Sydney Opera House. The close proximity to these iconic landmarks has drawn many visitors to this part of Sydney. The subtropical climate adds flavour to this part of Sydney. Besides visiting Sydney to experience its unique blend of vibrant city life and laid back outdoor lifestyle, there are the nearby World Heritage listed the Blue Mountains and Port Stephens to experience the Aussie adventure. The many nature parks and gardens, amusement parks, country farms, dolphin watching, and more are even included in tours to see the best of North Sydney. This is also a popular spot for activities such as quad biking, sand boarding, and 4WD touring. Most travellers who visited this part of Sydney immediately fell in love straight away and were captivated by the pleasant buzz North Sydney offered.

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