North Sydney Guide
North Sydney is the main business district on the north side of Sydney harbour. It's a central location for key organisations with a heavy focus on the IT and telecommunications industry. But North Sydney is also a location that has great bars and restaurants, is just a short distance from the CBD, and is located next to great suburbs including Milson's Point, Neutral Bay, Crows Nest and Cammeray.
With a heavy concentration of office workers in the surrounding high rise office towers, there is no shortage of drinking establishments in North Sydney.
The Greenwood Hotel is probably the areas most iconic. Located above the Greenwood shopping centre, the magnificent sandstone building comes alive in the evenings as workers seek an end of day refreshment. The hotel also includes a restaurant that is popular at both lunch and dinner.
North Sydney's regulars would probably nominate Alberts as a classic venue. This is the place you're likely to find all types of North Sydney characters, telling tales of great sales accomplishments and how they made a packet on commission. Not far away is the Firehouse Hotel. This historic North Sydney fire station on Walker Street, relaunched as a hotel not many years ago, also teems with life once the working day is done. Another great establishment - more along the lines of a traditional Australian pub - is the Rag and Famish Hotel.
North Sydney is located close to McMahons Point, Milson's Point, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Crows Nest and Cammeray. These suburbs are more residential in nature, offer great restaurants and bars and have a real village feel.
Head down Blues Point Road into McMahons Point for great cafés and restaurants, and have a drink at the Commodore Hotel. Pop down to Milson's Point for a swim in North Sydney pool, breakfast at Ripples and a visit to Luna Park. Visit Neutral Bay for a drink at The Oaks Hotel, great Japanese food and more restaurants and bars. Stop in at Cammeray for a round of golf, or beers and Belgian food at Epoque. Head up the hill to Crows Nest for loads of restaurants and bars, including the best Japanese Ramen in Sydney at Ryo's Noodles on Falcon Street. Visit Kirribilli for breakfast in the morning sun and harbour views.
North Sydney is on the North Shore train line, only 1 stop from the central business district. The train travels over the harbour bridge on the western side of the bridge: it's a great view. It's also only short scenic walk into the city across the Harbour Bridge. The pedestrian walkway starts at Kirribilli and is on the eastern side of the bridge, providing incredible views of the Harbour, Opera House, Circular Quay and Sydney city. Cyclists can ride over the bridge from North Sydney on the dedicated cycleway on the western side of the bridge: enter from the Milson's Point side of bridge approach near Kirribilli station.
There's a range of North Sydney hotels suitable for tourists and visitors alike. It's also worth considering Milson's Point which is a step closer to the Harbour, within walking distance of North Sydney and on the same train line.