Not as hectic as Sydney city
Ghost town during the weekends
Nice place to visit, and I wouldn't mind living there.
NORTH SYDNEY , For anyone wanting an early morning swim before work an don't have time to get to the beach!! North Sydney Olypic Pool opens at 5.30 am for early birds ..aslo this is a great spot if you are in the city and want to just cool off. This is the place to do it. Always a popular place for Sydneysiders this is a full size Olympic Poll and...more
NORTH SYDNEY . This is one of the best spots for a nightime photo of the Opera house or that city skyline photos that you see on the postcards. after catching the ferry Milsons point take a short walk under the bridge to find the best spot that suits you...many great locations here for daytime and nightime photography.For great photos of Sydney...more
When visiting Sydney one of the best photographic opportunities of the harbour and city skyline and" The Quay"is from the walk way on the Sydney Harbour Bridge..you can either walk north to south across the bridge from North Sydney to the "Rocks Area"city or south to north from the "Rocks Area" in the city to North Sydney..or ..you can catch a...more
Around May, during winter, there are also activiites highlighting the cultural diversity of the people living in our town. Hence there is a multicultural festival attended by thousands of people with parades, fetes, shows, markets, environmental wokshops, etc. to mark the occasion. Usually held for several days, the main event involves a huge...more
For first time or regular visitors to Sydney, it will be a fantastic experience immersing in the Aussie culture.A superb way to do this is to see where the locals live. Try to go and visit some of the suburbs around Sydney. They are still not so far and yet away from the chaos of Sydney and the pollution.One place is my suburb, a newly-created...more
This is my fave thing to do almost each day when I am finished with all my daily office & home chores..the feeling I get is that of awe and gratitude at life's simple pleasures like the stunning sunset that we see right across our home. The colours vary from burnt orange to yellow, sometimes they even have a tinge of green and blue..simply majestic...more
This is an annual affair held in conjunction with the Blacktown City's Multicultural Festival towards end of May or early June.There are lots to learn in this special environment meet with plenty of exhibits to inform and educate people on the importance of conserving the environment and ways to do our share in achieving this even at home! We are...more
Every year, Blacktown Council sponsors a great multicultural show magnifying the racial diversity of the area, via a festival that usually culminates with arts and music, dance, environment shows and expos around the end of May. This year 2009, we were treated to a magnificent mix of music and dances from the Australian native owners of the land-...more
This place in NW SYDney always has an entertaining show on offer almost every Saturday night. Last 16th of May the latest one was a superb MAGIC to the MAx, Stars of Illusion show which is an award winning show that goes to many other places around Australia. It was a great way to be with friends and enjoy the night for good fun at great value-...more
Anywhere around Sydney and especially in our area, there is a truly amazing event worth participating in- Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, to support cancer research through the Cancer Council of Australia. In NW Sydney, there are lotso g groups, individuals, businesses that hold morning teas serving tea of course and plenty of delectable food-...more
This park is the first thing I see in the morning when I wake up. It is across us, yet a good 500 metres away still so I always enjoy marvelling at the spectacular Moreton Bay fig trees, so majestic! This park also has a huge playground complete with flying fox, see saw and a big sand pit as its centrepiece! The kdis loved coming here especially...more
For a fun family day at the beach, nothing beats Manly! It is very accessible- by ferry, car or bus from the city.It is more than an hour from us.This is a very touristy place so we seldom come here anymore especially during the summer months but when we have guests, MANLY is a must-see!There are lots of options for dining, shopping and also...more
Every year there is a Medieval festival in Nurragingy Reserve and it is free for the public! There are heaps of things to see and do and enjoy!There are reenactments of historical events, jousting competitions, exhibits of medieval stuff, paraphernalia, costumes, weaponry, etc.There are roaming characters playing people in the Middle Ages too! The...more
Bowling is always fun for my boys and it is good exercise. Another place we go to for this sport is at the rooftop of Westpoint Blacktown as sometimes it is more quiet than WOnderbowl in Castle Hill. There are enough options for dining as they have their own grill and bar plus the cafe. It si also a nice placed to have birthdays as everything will...more
As July is usually the coldest time, the village holds a Christmas in July celebs for the community, complete with Santa, reindeer, fireworks, etc.Despite the freezing cold, residents like us with young families always participate. It is a good way to meet people as well as having fun cold weather and all. Our estate, a privately managed and owned...more
It is a genuine Italian restaurant, specialising on carefully and freshly prepared pizzas using the finest and freshest ingredients for their menus which are true to their roots..the Italian traditional way with emphasis on gourmet dining.Ambience is simple elegance, muted at times, with lovely wooden flooring, red brick facade reminiscent of the...more
It was a case of lovelier the second time around for my husband and I when we gave this cafe a second look upon the invitation of its very hardworking owner, Chadwah Issa. Chadi as he is called has Lebanese ancestry and has been in Australia since he was a little boy of two years old coming from Beirut in Lebanon.In our first visit, I did give the...more
For a coffeehouse, it is a bit of a disappointment! Despite just drinking decaf brewed coffee for years now (can't take 100% caffeine anymore or else I can't go to sleep), I was surprised to get a lousy coffee in this so-called coffee lovers' place!The brioches we ordered (on specials at $4.50) with ham & cheese were also yucky! We've tasted better...more
The place has a practical set-up: you don't have to wait for someone to get your order. You go to the cashier, order and pay and you're given a number to put on your table and the food gets delivered to you when it's ready! Decor is modern, though the tables are a bit small especially for a family of four. Kids' meal are very good & tasty, I was...more
There's a new dining hot spot in Blacktown, Saigon Spice. It is by far the onlyrestaurant in the area that offers authentic, fresh and affordable Vietnamesedishes that you and your family will enjoy over and over again!We entered the tastefully decorated venue greeted bya warm smile from its friendly assistant Sol who ushered us to a table...more
This place is very popular due to the wide selection of dishes- there's even a sushi train and chocolate fountain aside from the usual buffet fare- carvery, Asian dishes, hot and cold food, salads, yummy desserts,etc..complete with free coffee and tea with the tariffs!It can be a bit crowded weekends but arrive early when they first open at about...more
I've been having my lunches almost every week at Westpoint usually on weekends and almost always I just grab my fave dishes from this great fast food shop. The service is always fast, the food yummy and healthy and there's always plenty of surprises whenever I visit. You can choose two dishes and rice or noodles for less than $10 and there's also...more
This place is just inside our plaza, which is 1000 metres from our home so we come here often for a quick bite. However, it is not so quick if you order hot food like the chicken ramen or udon noodles which my son and I love so much. So makek sure you consider this. However the sushi train is always available with freshly made sushi of all sorts-...more
Close to Sydney Harbour, Luna Park, North Sydney train station.The outside terrace beer garden is the life of the hotel, with its alfresco setting, manicured courtyard gardens and tantalising glimpses of the world's most loved harbour! A place where anyone can enjoy a refreshing drink, a chat with friends, a sumptuous meal or just kickback and...more
Greenwood Hotel has been converted from a nunnery into a bar. During the day Greenwood Hotel serves as a restaurant and drinking spot for the busy executives and office workers of North Sydney. Of an evening it is more of a bar, getting busy after 5PM when people finish work. On THU, FRI, SAT, SUN nights Greenwood becomes more of a club. They have...more
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There are a few different ways to reach North Sydney from the city. Of course as mentioned in a previous tip you can walk across the bridge is a good option for good photo opportunities.
The ferry option which is a really relaxing one though be it a short one..The ferry for Milsons Point departs every 30 minutes from Circular Quay (check timetables at wharf) to Darling Harbour .The first stop on this service is at Milsons point (your stop).The ferry then carries on to Darling harbour making other stops.
The ferry wharf is located by the Olympic Pool and Luna "fun"Park that is virtually under the bridge..You then can walk under the bridge and up the Hill into the suburb of Milsons Point which is city side of North Sydney.
The Train Option. Trains going to North Sydney can be caught at a couple of city locations..and they are: Central Station, Wynyard Station, and Town Hall Station. These are all northbound trains that you need to catch.Travelling over the bridge you might want to sit upstairs as these are "double decker carriages" and that way you will get the best view .The first train stop over the Harbour Bridge is Milsons Point and next stop is North Sydney..You may choose to carry onto the North Sydney Station and spend time in the city of North Sydney with its many restaurants cafes and outdoor eateries..then walk back down to the Harbour Bridge and catch the ferry back to Circular Quay..this is easy ..as it's all downhill..
These days, the importance of getting fresh seasonal produce is always stressed not just for obvious reasons of excellent taste but for the best prices one can get. In short if you want the best value for your money, head on to the Markets every sewcond Saturday of the month at the Rouse Hill Town Centre, off Windsor Rd (this is just a five minute...more
This is a huge shopping mall with a wide variety of shops, specialty clothing stores, department stores,at least three supermarkets, fruit and meat markets, plus boutiques from moderately priced to breaking the bank sort of shopping so prepare yourself. It can be crowded especially during weekends and peak hours during the week but try to go after...more
Greenwood Plaza is a shopping centre. For some reason VT have not included this as a type of shopping experience. With over 100 retail stores, Greenwood Plaza offers an outstanding selection of fine fashion and accessories for men and women as well as delicious fresh food, stunning giftware and a full range of services. This shopping centre is...more
A walk & talk program for community groups is offered at Cumberland State Forest in Sydney's north-west. The program is free and runs for 1 hour. (Please note: The walk & talk program is not intended for commercial operators.)According to this site-http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/forests/community/walk-talk * You will learn about Forests NSW and...more
The awesome Bidjigal Reserve, (previously known as Excelsior Reserve and Darling Mills State Forest), is a 300 hectare corridor of protected public bushland along Darling Mills Creek and its tributaries. It has towering eucalypt forests, weathered sandstone cliffs, sparkling creeks and rivers and a truly enchanting collection of natural habitat...more
During autumn, there are walks offered around Fred Caterson Reserve from 9:30 to 1:30 am and 1 to 3 pm during weekends.These walks can be booked by calling 96343163 in Sydney. They explore plants and vegetation which are known to the traditional owners of the land around the reserve and the whole Australia in fact- the Aborigines. The vegetation...more