10 Things to Do in Crows Nest That You Shouldn't Miss

December 10, 2017 Velvet Champine

Discover the best top things to do in Crows Nest, Australia including Sydney Harbour, Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Champagne Sailing Sydney, Blues Point Reserve, Balmoral, Sydney Park, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Ferries.
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1. Sydney Harbour

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 9240 8500
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5 based on 18 reviews

Sydney Harbour

Secluded Beaches, quiet coves and soaring headlands predominate this harbor, which is considered one of the world's most beautiful.

Reviewed By FrankieLankie - Hong Kong, China

Started the day walking from Paddington to Hyde Park (about 20min). We started at Hyde Park and strolled through this great park. We then headed towards the Domain, which then led us to the Royal Botanical Garden, which then led us to the Sydney Harbour.
Here you can go to the Opera house (left) or we went (right) over to Mrs. Macquarie’s chair/point.
From the point we headed back towards the botanical Gardens and stopped by the art museum for a snack. The cafe was great and just what we needed.
After this we headed back to our place in Paddington.
Was a great day for sight seeing the best of Sydney.
ENJOY!

2. Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Near Luna Park | via Clark Park, Lavender St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060 N.S.W., Australia +61 2 9936 8100
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5 based on 287 reviews

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Everyone needs a secret garden in their life and you’re invited to visit Wendy's, a public garden and much loved oasis in the heart of Sydney. Located a short walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or stroll from Milsons Point and North Sydney train stations, the Secret Garden is a haven where you can explore meandering pathways discovering sculptures; enjoy a picnic basket or read a book at one of the tables beneath the garden’s canopy; or simply enjoy the nature and serenity of your beautiful surrounds. You may even stumble across a fairy. Created over 20 years by artist Wendy Whiteley, wife and muse of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, the Secret Garden is nestled behind Luna Park in one of Sydney's most spectacular suburbs, Lavender Bay. While its free and open seven days a week, there are steep inclines and a range of steps. Visitors with limited mobility may only be able to access the uppermost sections of the garden but we're sure you'll enjoy your visit.

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

Wendy’s Secret Gardens is amazing! She built her Gardens on terraces and in the background we see the city.
The first view I saw was trees and flowers with a view on the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
We explored everything. Everything was planted with care. There were numerous flowers to discover. As well as views and trees and plants.
We spent more than an hour to explore it and we were able to see the outside of Wendy’s home. She did a fantastic job.
Interestingly enough, we saw many young people on the grass.
However, I will always remember this terraced Gardens. Wow!
This is a must see!

3. Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

380 Military Rd, Cremorne, North Sydney, New South Wales 2090, Australia +61 2 9908 4344
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4.5 based on 242 reviews

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

Reviewed By sydneysider48 - Sydney, Australia

With delightful art deco interiors and comfortable Seating, this is a great cinema complex with a number of separate cinemas allowing a large variety of films to be shown simultaneously. We are regulars. Prices are very cheap if one buys a book of ten tickets and drinks can also be purchased to take into the cinema.
The only disadvantage is the INNUMERABLE advertisements through which one is forced to sit before the actual film starts. It's right over the top and with the prices charged the huge additional revenue should not be necessary - or it should be netted off the price of the ticket to compensate patrons for their pain in suffering the mindless advertising.

4. Champagne Sailing Sydney

15 Amiens Rd, Clontarf, Manly, New South Wales 2093, Australia
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5 based on 140 reviews

Champagne Sailing Sydney

Luxury yacht and catamaran charters for 2 to 43 people on beautiful Sydney Harbour.Half day and overnight packages, corporate charters,romantic packages and christmas partys.Perfect for couples,families, bucks/hens partys, weddings, proposals and corporates. Flexible and friendly service,clean & comfortable boats, pick up at various locations on Sydney Harbour.

Reviewed By Chloe P - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We had the most wonderful time out on Sydney harbour with Robbie and Monnie celebrating my husband's 30th birthday. Juliet and Tim were amazing to deal with from my very first enquiry. Unfortunately due to terrible weather we were unable to take our sail when we had hoped in November but Juliet an Tim did everything they possibly could to accommodate us at another date. When we finally did get to go the wait was more than worthwhile. Not only were we upgraded to their beautiful larger boat but we felt like royalty the whole time. Robbie and Monnie were incredibly attentive but at the same time gave us enough space to make it still feel very romantic.
We were able to take whatever food and drinks that we liked on board which was fantastic. We also opted for their beautiful seafood platter and enjoyed oysters, smoked salmon, a beautiful salad and they most delicious barbecued salmon and prawns! It was brilliant! We could not have asked for anything more. I can't thank Champagne sailing enough for such a beautiful night. I don't think there are many other companies in Sydney who offer the same service. We are planning on coming back to do it again with friends!

5. Blues Point Reserve

Corner Blues Point Road and Henry Lawson Drive, McMahons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia +61 2 9255 1788
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4.5 based on 86 reviews

Blues Point Reserve

Reviewed By Firsttimecruiser52 - Newcastle, Australia

Great views, but that's about all. Grass is sparse and there's always lots of rubbish lying around, holes in the fence casued by those fishing and patches where people have lit fires. Such an iconic site needs to be policed much more thoroughly.

The Esplanade, Balmoral, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia
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4.5 based on 555 reviews

Balmoral

Reviewed By lucass_10 - Kyoto, Japan

Lovely beach to visit particularly if you have non-swimmers and/or small kids. Water quality is OK but quite variable. Avoid after any rain as there are multiple storm water drains that discharge to the beach right around the baths. Note that the baths are NOT near Balmoral Bathers. There used to be another set of baths (shark nets) near the Balmoral Bathers but they were removed a few years ago. The water quality is generally better at the northern end. Being a fairly swish area the food and parking prices here are eyewatering. The local parking cops are brutal (and they have to be to deal with the locals) so don't risk not buying a ticket. Well worth dropping everyone at the beach and heading away from the beach for free parking.
Public toilets are located in several locations along the beach, some with hot showers.
There are several places around the baths (i.e. the southern end) that have shade from trees on the beach courtesy of some very nice old fig trees.
My tip is get there early (before 8) and get away by about 11 as the hoards descend. Less wind, less chance of getting burnt and much easier to park. Bring your own food and save a small fortune. For the more adventurous snorkelling is OK - particularly beneath the timber decks around the baths where a surprising number of fish (and the odd octopus and seahorse) hide in the shade. If the conditions are good (and there isn't anyone fishing) the snorkel around the "island" is also not bad.
The other thing to note about Balmoral is that it is very protected from southerly and sou'westerly winds when many people would assume that it is too windy or cold to go to the beach. Equally, it gets a bit windy when the northeaster kicks in.

7. Sydney Park

Sydney Park Road, St Peters, Sydney, New South Wales 2044, Australia
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Sydney Park

Reviewed By Titus D - Sri Lanka

Sydney Park is located in the heart of Sydney's inner West area where it is easy to get to. It is a gem of a parkland with everything you want including beautiful grassy areas, a kids road network with signage, Playgrounds, coffee shop, miles of walking / running paths, bike paths a cycle lane sand learning park. There are three beautiful water ponds found in the park. The cafe is good for having coffee and food on a small menu. Parking area is near by the park.
There is a really nice water feature. This is a great spot to spend hours on a sunny day. This is a surprisingly large park with a lot of free space for children and dogs to run free. You can get a lot of exercise by walking around its perimeter pathways.
It is picturesque and is a wonderful park with dog friendly areas. It is a great place for families and even spending time with friends, couples and dogs. You can take a lot of photos.
The wetlands have quite a range of water birds to add interest to the walk. You can watch a lots of native birds and easy tracks for wandering, jogging or just lying about under a tree or in the sun. With friends, we did lovely walks around the lakes.
There is a large and great playground with better than average equipment and landscaping.
There is also a steep hill to climb in the centre of the park if you want. The views from the two hills located in the middle of the park, give you a 360 degree view of the surroundings. Sitting on top of the hill is fantastic, you see the planes take off, a bit of history in the background with the old brick pits. We enjoyed watching the city from its heights.
The best bike riding track with traffic lights for young learners / kids is fantastic giving insight into road rules etc. It is excellent for school groups, book in a trip to educate what riders need to do and not do in the traffic environment. Many adults could benefit from this information also.
I recommend you to visit the Sidney Park with your kids giving them what they deserve and also you don’t have to keep away your pet dog also.

8. Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia +61 2 9250 7111
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Sydney Opera House

One of the most iconic buildings in the world – the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece and vibrant performance space. It's a place where the past shapes the future, where conventions are challenged and cultures are celebrated. Step inside and discover the stories that make the Opera House so inspiring. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a first-timer or an aficionado, the Sydney Opera House has something for everyone.

Reviewed By Blowflyyachts - Sydney, Australia

Great spot to take sunrise shots up the harbour or walk around under the bridge and take great sunrise shots looking back at the opera house

9. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia +61 2 9240 1100
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Spanning the city center to the North Shore, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a wide steel arch bridge known for its beauty as well as function, providing a crossing for cars, trains, bikes and pedestrians. While the more daring can do the BridgeClimb to the top of the structure, opened to traffic in 1932, anyone can enjoy a walk for free.

Reviewed By Maureen G - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

This is very well organised and everything is done to ensure your safety and comfort. It is not made clear on the website but the suit they give you is worn over underwear (your clothes and belongings go into a locker). They also provide a headset (so that everyone can hear the guide), cap, hanky (!), rainwear (just in case), straps for your glasses/sunglasses. Everything is clipped to the suit for safety. You practise climbing using the safery line before venturing out.
The actual climb lasts two hours. This is not too onerous as there are stops to admire the fantastic views, listen to the guide, ask questions, have your photo taken.
The photos were good quality and good value.
My only criticism is that the cost of the climb is excessive in my view. Having said that, we really enjoyed the experience.

10. Sydney Ferries

Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia +61 2 8113 5400
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Sydney Ferries

Sydney Ferries is a public transport agency, providing ferry services on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River in Sydney, Australia.Having operated on Sydney Harbour and its related waterways since 1875, today Sydney Ferries carry over 14 million customers each year to destinations in and around Sydney.

Reviewed By Christopher C - Sydney, Australia

Picked up the Manly Ferry from Circular Key, Sydney. The atmosphere around Sydney harbour is exhilarating and captivating. Took the Ferry to Manly passing the Diamond Princess which was berthed near the ferry terminal. Nice relaxing 30 minute journey to Manly taking in the beautiful scenery along the way. As a local, I do this with the family at least once a month, for a visitor it's must do. There is no better way to see Sydney Harbour then to take the Manly Ferry. Highly recommend this trip.

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