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Written by Roxana Oliver
Every side of the Harbour has a lot to offer. For the people who are looking for diverse activities and some quality after-hours R&R, North Shore is a beacon of opportunities that never keeps on giving. To have the best idea on how to arrange your activities, let’s discuss some of Sydney North Shore hot spots.
Blues Point Reserve
It’s one of North Sydney’s most popular parks with a breathtaking view of the city. What’s more, you can enjoy the clear view of the harbor bridge. It’s a 10-minute walk away from North Sydney railway station. For these few reasons alone, it’s a perpetually trendy location for both tourists and locals.
Located at McMahons Point, you’ll hardly miss it once the sprawling fig trees get into your view. Once you enter the grounds, you’ll be surprised to notice this park is far from a mere hotspot with a view. It has a maritime-themed playground, picnic tables, water fountain, public toilets and a recycling station. Dogs are allowed in the park but not within 10 meters of the playground.
Sails on Lavender Bay
If you plan to spend some time running around North Shore, you are bound to get hungry. If you do, don’t miss out on an exquisite menu of “Sails on Lavender Bay”. Located on 2 Henry Lawson Ave, it’s accessible via car, ferry or a private boat. With a viewpoint of the Harbour and the Sydney Opera House, it offers one of the most impressive visual cityscape experiences in Sydney.
The menu is rich with unique seafood centered meals and various salad combinations which can change based on a season at hand. It has an award-winning wine list that comprises of circa 130 Australian and International wines.
Sydney Luna Park
You can’t visit the North Shore without having some fun at Sydney Luna Park. It’s a rite of passage for both tourists and locals alike. Located at Milsons Point, it’s one of two Luna parks in the world that are protected by government legislations.
It has an iconographic 9 meters wide (30 feet) enormous face at the entrance, which has been used in many films and television shows. Based on smiling faces from Luna parks in Melbourne and Steeplechase Park in the US, it has been presiding over the main entrance for nearly a century.
Be sure to visit the Big Top, also known as the Arena, a multi-purpose entertainment venue that has been the hotspot in the park since its opening in 2004. There are many rides to choose from, from Wild Mouse roller coaster, to a 50 meter (160 feet) tall Hair Raiser Drop tower. There are of course classic rides like the Ferris wheel and carousel for those who want a more relaxing experience.
Long Reef Golf Club
Located on the Northern Beaches, sporting a stunning, sprawling location, you’ll realize why some call it the best North Shore golf club once you set your foot onto its beautiful beachfront view. It offers an 18-hole links style golf course for both members that the “accidental visitors” alike. The culture of “club camaraderie” has been encouraged throughout the years, so you’ll feel very welcome among other club members.
After a game of golf, don’t miss out on visiting the Clubhouse for a beautiful meal and a cold refreshment from the Café and Bar, but don’t worry, it provides both casual and fine dining options. Wanna get a little wild? Check out the TAB facilities and poker machines that are part of the club.
Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden
Maybe you just want to spend some time in the most tranquil environment you can find on the North Shore. Look no further than Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden which is located really close to Luna Park. It’s a beloved oasis in the heart of Sydney.
It is a carefully crafted green environment filled with meandering pathways you can explore, as well as enjoy a picnic, afternoon at the beach beneath the garden’s canopy or find a secluded place to meditate. It’s unbelievable how such a serene place can be located in the middle of such busy metropolis.
Even if you are a resident of Sydney, the North Shore has so many things to offer you’ll be hard pressed to know everything and do everything in a lifetime. Every now and then, an old venue will close down and new hotspot will spring up, so make sure you’re well set and hell bent on an exciting urban adventure once you get to the Harbour.
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Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.