Lower North Shore
About the Lower North Shore
Drive over the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the city and be greeted by historical Kirribilli and McMahons Point where the smiling face of Luna Park lives. Follow the water north and discover an array of sparkling harbour suburbs including leafy Cremorne Point, trendy Neutral Bay and many prestigious suburbs such as Northbridge, Mosman and Balmoral which has one of the prettiest harbour beaches in the world. Go further to the west and you’ll reach the very quaint, English like villages of Hunters Hill or Woolwich. Its commercial hubs are North Sydney, St Leonards and Chatswood which are all hives of industry and all are on the train line.
If it’s the outdoor, quiet or lifestyle you want, this is the place for you.
What To Do Where
Eating and Drinking: The mood of the cafes and restaurants tend to be more traditional and subdued here but you will still be spoilt for choice. With so many beautiful settings, it would be hard to choose one but my pick would be breakfast at The Boathouse on Balmoral Beach, Mosman or if you feel like something a bit swankier, take a short stroll to The Bathers’ Pavilion.
For a hidden rustic gem catch the ferry from Circular Quay to the Mosman Rowers Club and for fine dining you can’t really go past Aqua Dining in Milsons Point.
For a simple beer and a steak try the famous Oaks Hotel, Neutral Bay. This is the first pub I ever went to in Sydney and it’s still a great place for friends and fun at any time of the day.
The Lower North Shore doesn’t jump to mind for shopping but there are a few hidden gems.
Browse some lovely independent boutiques in Mosman village.
Or explore Cremorne and discover slightly different shopping with shops like Ussed Abbussed, The Department Store.
The lower North Shore also has some amazing markets. There are farmers markets like Northside Produce Markets in North Sydney and interesting brick-a-brac markets like Kirribilli’s “flea” markets where you can spend hours rummaging under the shadow of the Harbour Bridge.
If it’s fashion you want then head to Westfield Chatswood and Chatswood Chase to explore over 500 designer and high street shops. Chatswood also has a little market strip and great places to eat, especially Chinese food.
The Great Outdoors / Exercise
Lower North Shore with its beaches, the harbour and the views it offers provides hours of fun – this area is all about the great outdoors! Water sports are very popular as are outdoor gyms and personal trainers, that take advantage of the wonderful water views. If you’re new to watersports you can learn to windsurf, sail, kayak and paddleboard at the Balmoral Water Sport Centre, Balmoral. Or put the day aside to take the popular 16.5 km walking path from the Harbour Bridge to the Spit Bridge via Balmoral Beach.
If the ocean or harbour is a little too wild, take a dip in North Sydney Olympic Pool, maybe to work up an appetite for a treat at Aqua Dining?
The Lower North Shore may be full of beautiful reserves and national parks but “Wendy’s Secret Garden” in Lavender Bay is a must to see. When Wendy Whitely lost her famous artist husband, Brett Whitely, in 1994 she and two other gardeners started to cultivate this public land in Whitley’s honour. Twenty plus years later, it’s grown into a magical wonderland of native and exotic plants, herbs, winding paths, local artworks and benches to enjoy the vista - all framed by the jaw dropping views of Sydney Harbour.
Then there’s the world famous Taronga Zoo in Mosman where a giraffe can enjoy the best of views. Or you and your family can make a glamping night of it with their Roar and Snore package, getting a behind the scenes experience with the animals.
The Lower North Shore is also full of prestigious schools including Loreto (girls) in Kirribilli, North Sydney Boys’ and Girls’ School, Normanhurst Boys High School, St Aloysius’ College in Kirribilli, Queenwood School for Girls, Wenona School and SHORE (Sydney Church of England Grammar School). It also has good public schools.
One of the perks of the Lower North Shore is the great public transport.
Trains: Whilst already very good, in 2019, Sydney Metro will run from Rouse Hill to the CBD via new stations at Crows Nest and Victoria Cross (North Sydney).
Buses: Express city and local buses cover most suburbs.
Ferries: Services run from Lane Cove, Longueville, Northwood, Greenwich, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Kirribilli, North Sydney, Neutral Bay, Cremorne Point and Mosman. There’d be no better way to get to work than enjoying the Harbour as you sip your skim, soy chai!
Driving: While Military Road and the Spit Bridge can challenge anyone’s patience there are planned upgrades on the way. The Lane Cove tunnel connects the M2 Motorway at North Ryde with the Gore Hill Freeway at Artarmon.
Lower North Shore Property Market
While the Lower North Shore offers a wonderful family and outdoor lifestyle as well as some of the most stunning vistas in Sydney, it’s slightly lagged behind the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs in growth over the last few years, so there’s good value to be found.
Just a short bus, train or ferry ride from the city, the Lower North Shore has a lot of waterfront properties and their prices can be quite impressive! However, while Mosman and the like are very expensive, suburbs like Crow’s Nest, Cammeray and Neutral Bay are more affordable. You’ll find charming heritage houses, modern masterpieces and apartments of all vintages and styles. There are less terraces here than in the Eastern Suburbs and Inner West and as the houses can be large and therefore expensive, many people opt to buy apartments. However, with so many new builds, be sure not to buy something that will be more hindrance than help. Talk to us first!
Last Word On The Lower North Shore:
As the Lower North Shore spans from fun Netural Bay to the leafy streets of Northbridge to the surfing beaches of Manly, if you’re thinking of living in the Lower North Shore take your time to explore all of it. Make sure your needs and wants match the suburbs you’re looking at.
If you would like to get our professional opinion on the Lower North Shore and what suburbs would best suit your lifestyle and pocket, please feel free to contact us.
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