It is time to pick out that ultimate vacation spot! Whether traveling with your family, a bunch of friends or your significant other, choosing the perfect place for your holiday can be quite challenging. There are a number of things you have to take into consideration in order to make everyone happy, like choosing between city, beach or countryside or opting for shopping, culture or adrenaline?
Lucky for you, there are places where you can have it all and Sydney North Shore happens to be one of them.
Beautiful beaches, picturesque scenery, and a family-friendly atmosphere are just some of the things that come to mind when describing the amazing north shore of Sydney. Whether is having a nice family day at the award-winning Taronga Zoo, taking a relaxing beachside walk at Balmoral Beach, or going surfing or bike riding, North Shore offers tons of fun activities that will suit everyone's taste.
Great Family Fun
Sydney's Luna Park
The beautifully restored 1930s fairground of Luna Park is a perfect place for the entire family. Go on some crazy rides like the Tango Train, Space Shuttle, and Giant Slides or enjoy a spectacular view of the harbor from a glorious Ferris Wheel. Even more fun awaits you on the hilarious sideshow games. Try your luck on the Laughing Clowns, Crazy Crooners or Goin Fishin'. But for the ultimate carnival experience, don’t forget the all-time favorites, like hot dogs, fairy floss, and ice-cream.
One of Sydney's most famous attractions is the phenomenal Taronga Zoo, home to over 4,000 animals and over 350 species, many of which are threatened. Open throughout the entire year, Taronga offers daily keeper talks and shows, and access to the Sky Safari ‒ Sydney's only cable car. And if you’re feeling even more adventurous, challenge yourself by tackling obstacles and crossing suspension bridges while enjoying a spectacular view of Sydney’s Harbour in a new adrenaline pumped activity called Wild Ropes.
Wildlife and natural beauty
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary aquarium is a great place to learn about the importance of breeding, rescue and protection programs. Get yourself acquainted with a wide variety of marine life such as giant stingrays, sea turtles, cuttlefish, octopuses and many more. One of the main attractions is certainly Shark Dive Xtreme ‒ an underwater encounter with sharks ‒ without cages. For those less adventurous, there’s a chance to visit Penguin Cove, a colony of Manly's iconic little penguins.
Hornsby & Ku-ring-gai National Park
Considered to be one of Australia’s oldest national parks, Ku-ring- gai National Park is also known for its walking trails, Aboriginal rock paintings, and amazing water views. The famous Great North Walk covers 250 km all the way from Sydney to Newcastle. However, the most well-known walk is the Red Hands Walking Track which was likely used by the Darug people for thousands of years. It’s one of the most famous Aboriginal heritage sites in the park where you can see ancient rock paintings done in red ochre.
Have fun at the beaches
Go surfing, take a long walk to Barrenjoey Lighthouse or take your kids fishing. Have a picnic or a deliciously prepared meal in some of the finest restaurants in the area. Explore marine life or just relax and enjoy the beach’s golden sand and sparkling blue water. Whatever you decide on, be sure you’ll find it in Palm Beach.
Long Reef Beach
If you’re looking for a more active vacation, then Long Reef Beach is the perfect place for you. Popular among locals, it’s known for its amazing surfing conditions but also extremely suitable for bodyboarding and windsurfing. For some fun out of the water, visit the the Long Reef golf club. It’s a great North Shore Golf Club which offers a challenging course with an astonishing view of the ocean.
Manly Beach is one of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches, home to the first world surfing championship. Besides surfing, you can try other water-based activities such as scuba diving and kayaking. Rent a bike, explore the coastline and finish your day off with a nice dinner at one of the up-market restaurants along the beach.
Shopping, bar hopping and much more
If you want to explore a magical world of Sydney North Shore shopping, visit Chatswood. Its three neighboring shopping centers create an entirely independent state for all those passionate shopping-lovers. Meanwhile, the nearby Crow's Nest is packed with cafes, chic bars and wonderful restaurants you simply have to visit on a warm summer night. There’s a number of events which will make your stay at Sydney’s North Shore even more amazing. Pick the ones you like and have yourself an unforgettable vacation you’ll talk about for years to come.
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