The 10 Best Things to Do in North Sydney, Australia

August 1, 2017 Hector Krause

Discover the best top things to do in North Sydney, Australia including Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, Blues Point Reserve, Mary Mackillop Place, Balls Head Reserve, Luna Park Sydney, Cremorne Foreshore Walk, May Gibbs' Nutcote, Royal Art Society of NSW, Milson Park, Hare Krishna Movement.
Restaurants in North Sydney

1. 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 286 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!

2. 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 85 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.

3. Mary Mackillop Place

9 Mount St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia +61 2 9954 9688
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4.5 based on 103 reviews

Mary Mackillop Place

Mary MacKillop Place, in Mount Street North Sydney, Australia is a place unlike any other. This beautiful tranquil haven is where the tomb of the iconic Australian and first Saint Mary MacKillop is located. It is a historical ‘must see’ destination that gives you an insight into where this extraordinary woman lived and spent the final years of her life. This unique destination incorporates a spiritual site, café/gift shop, museum, beautiful garden and historic Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel.

Reviewed By MWandAW - Sydney, Australia

Visited this afternoon to see my local museum. I have lived in the area for 27 years and this was my first visit. I know a staffer, yet not being Catholic, I wasn't drawn to the museum, until today. My entry to the museum was via the cafe, for a large cappuccino ($3.50) and a delicious slice of Tiramisu ($4.20) which are quite reasonable prices for the lower North Shore of Sydney. I just felt an urge to visit the Museum today. At the front door, there is a desk to pay for entry. I paid $8.00 for seniors and was given a sticker to wear on my shirt lapel. What a nice quaint museum with some small galleries, Gardens, the chapel and the church. There are lots of toilets dotted around the premises, so no need for queues. Today was a a primary school excursion day and the children were on their best behaviour and were very quiet. I spent an hour just Reading the notes on the exhibits and walking around the property. I felt amazingly uplifted, sitting alone in front of St Mary's resting place, in the chapel. I felt at peace there, despite a dozen or so other visitors arriving and sitting down to reflect on this great and godly person who was buried there. As in many historic buildings around Sydney, I felt a ghostly presence in the old kitchen (which in its day, had a lot of activity) and my photos always seem blurred in that room. It gives me an impression of invading someone's privacy in that particular room, more so than visiting a bedroom, for instance. I was really interested in learning about the struggles and determination of St Mary and the Sisters of St Joseph and their utter conviction in doing the Lord's work in difficult circumstances. It isn't a large museum or full of modern interaction, but it shows the life and times of Australia's first Saint. For that, we must be grateful that the Church had the energy and compassion to prepare this wonderful exhibition. A visit is highly recommended.

4. Balls Head Reserve

Balls Head Point Road, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Balls Head Reserve

Reviewed By Basil16 - Melbourne

Super spot for a walk by Sydney's magnificent harbor - In sections you are in bush land where city sights are nowhere to be seen. In other sections you are confronted with magnificent views of the Harbour Bridge and downtown Sydney.
Excellent coffee shop and sustainability centre within the reserve.
Easy walk from Waverton station - this Reserve is a real winner!

5. Luna Park Sydney

1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales 2061, Australia +61 2 9922 6644
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3.5 based on 1 reviews

Luna Park Sydney

Experience the Magic at Luna Park Sydney! Built in the 1930s, Luna Park is a harbour-side amusement park that still contains traditional midway games and rides. The Park is open year-round; generally every day during NSW School Holidays, and Friday to Monday during the school term. It is advised to check their website for current opening hours. Entry to the park is completely free, and the best way to experience the rides is to purchase an unlimited rides pass. Buy your tickets online and you are guaranteed to save money.

Reviewed By Adi S - Birmingham, England

It wasn't too busy the day we attended as rain was forecast - and arrived! The tickets are a little steep but there were things here I hadn't seen since I was a kid so I was willing to pay to be able to go...MoreHi Adi, Thank you for taking the time to review Luna Park Sydney. We're thrilled to hear that you were able to reminisce and enjoy your time at Luna Park Sydney and we hope you visit again soon! Kind regards, The Luna Park Team

6. Cremorne Foreshore Walk

Cremorne Point, Cremorne, North Sydney, New South Wales 2090, Australia +61 2 9953 7966
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5 based on 29 reviews

Cremorne Foreshore Walk

Reviewed By RonWamberal - Sydney, Australia

Peaceful and quiet yet the most amazing views of the harbour and Mosman Bay in Sydney. Magnificent Gardens and parks beautifully maintained by home owners and the local council, only a short 10 minute ride from Circular Quay to escape from the hustle and bustle of the CBD

7. May Gibbs' Nutcote

5 Wallaringa Avenue, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia +61 2 9953 4453
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

May Gibbs' Nutcote

May Gibbs' Nutcote is the former house and garden of May Gibbs, one of Australia's foremost children's authors and illustrators and creator of Australia's classic children's' story Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Nutcote was designed by prominent architect B. J. Waterhouse and built for May Gibbs and her husband, James Ossili Kelly, in 1925. May occupied the house for 44 years until her death in 1969. The house has been listed on the Register of the National Estate and has been furnished to reflect the style of the 1920s and 1930s and includes effects owned by May Gibbs, such as her easel, paint box and folio stand.

Reviewed By Sue G - Werrington NSW

We took our grandchildren to see May Gibbs' house and garden. We all enjoyed the guided tour of the house and loved the harbour views from the garden. It is an easy 10 min. walk from Neutral Bay wharf - a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. A very enjoyable day out.

8. Royal Art Society of NSW

25 Walker St | Quiet, Lavender Bay side of Walker St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia +61 2 9955 5752
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5 based on 29 reviews

Royal Art Society of NSW

Art classes and gallery in North Sydney. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Wonderful Exhibitions by contemporary Australian artists. Studios upstairs with dedicated teachers taking classes 7 days a week and continuing a tradition of excellence established in 1880. Just 3 minutes walk from North Sydney Station via the stairs next to the Harbourview Hotel. Parking at rear of the building is available for students and there is limited street parking.

Reviewed By terinaj766 - Sydney, Australia

Highly recommended. Set in an 1850 historic cottage it is the perfect location to view and enjoy outstanding artworks. Regular Exhibitions means every visit uncovers more delights. Close to Wendy Whitely Garden with vista over harbour foreshores. The welcome one receives on entering is second to none and makes the visit even more memorable. Terina J

9. Milson Park

McDougal Street, Kirribilli, North Sydney, New South Wales 2061, Australia
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Milson Park

Reviewed By JohnG3121 - Greater Melbourne, Australia

wow what a great location near the harbour bridge and right in the marina. parking can be scarce but still worth a visit to see the jacaranda trees. just around the corner is anderson park which is worth a look

10. Hare Krishna Movement

180 Falcon St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia +61 2 9959 4558
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5 based on 12 reviews

Hare Krishna Movement

Reviewed By cocotang - Sydney, Australia

We have been dining @ Gopinatha's @ Hare Krishna Temple/North Sydney for 4 years now and have not stopped....Altho' the programme has changed in that one can no longer return for seconds....However the price remains the same - $6 for a main meal,soup of the day and a side salad - all served from a hot bain marie and cool fridge....I cannot ever remember returning for seconds in all the time we have been going there,because you are given so much to eat....
The meals are vegetarian of course and very tasty....So highly recommended for a cheap tasty night out....
The little retail shop is also interesting with some lovely clothes and artifacts.....

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