It's impossible to make the most of Sydney without enjoying its visually spectacular harbor. The northern foreshore suburbs of Milsons... more » Point, McMahons Point and Kirribilli may not have the history of the Rocks, the glitz of Darling Harbour or Bondi's beach, but arguably you get Sydney's best city views. The prime minister's official residence is here, local parks host regular weddings, and people stake out their firework-viewing spots early on New Year's Eve--that should tell you something.
The trail plotted in this guide could be enjoyed as a half-day walk (or full day with cafe lingering and sightseeing) or dipped into over several days if you stay in the area.
While thousands of visitors will walk across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge from the central city district for the scenic splendor, few think of staying in the residential neighborhoods they reach on the northern side. They are filled with high-rise apartments--many of which can be rented for a few days or few weeks for a fraction of what a central city hotel room with equivalent views costs.
This part of town also offers interesting walks through its (sometimes quirky) neighborhoods, some excellent restaurants and possibly the city's best public transport links for exploring farther afield. Indeed, you have the option of walking home across the bridge after the ferries and trains stop running around midnight.
Inevitably, visitors staying on the lower north shore will get a close encounter with Australian wildlife. Rainbow lorikeets (Australian parrots) come begging for food on apartment balconies during the day, while at dusk the area is on the flight path for giant fruit bats migrating to their nightly feeding grounds in nearby parks. less «