Inner North

Taronga Zoo, Steven David Miller / Auscape International

Sydney’s inner north includes some of the city’s most sought-after suburbs, including Neutral Bay, Mosman and the harbour beach suburb of Balmoral. The main shopping districts of Neutral Bay and Mosman sit along Military Road, the only connection to the Spit Bridge spanning Mosman and Seaforth on Middle Harbour.

Luna Park

One of Sydney's best known landmarks, a giant smiling face, welcomes visitors to this waterside amusement park in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge. Thrills abound on rip-roaring rides such as the Tumblebug, Flying Saucer and Rotor, while the sideshows, giant ferris wheel and Coney Island funhouse set a slower pace. 1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point; (02) 9033 7676; open 11am–10pm Fri–Sat, 10am–6pm Sun, 11am–4pm Mon and school holidays. 

May Gibbs' Nutcote

Nutcote is a must-see for anyone who remembers the characters of Snugglepot, Cuddlepie and the Banksia Men.

Once home to May Gibbs, one of Australia’s best-known authors and illustrators of children’s books, Nutcote is situated in the exclusive harbourside suburb of Neutral Bay.

It has been restored and furnished as it would have been in the 1930s, when May Gibbs lived there. It is now a centre for children’s literature, the arts and the environment.

5 Wallaringa Ave; (02) 9953 4453; open 11am–3pm Wed–Sun.

Taronga Zoo

Located at the end of Bradleys Head Road in Mosman, Taronga Zoo is best accessed by ferry from Circular Quay.

Housing about 4000 animals, it is a world leader in conservation and the care of rare and endangered species. Enjoy animal feeding, keeper talks and displays, stay overnight or have a picnic or barbecue there. In February and March, enjoy its Twilight at Taronga open-air concerts.

(02) 9969 2777; open 9am–5pm daily.


Some say Balmoral, with its curving promenade, shady trees and elegant bridge connecting a rocky outcrop to the mainland, is reminiscent of Edwardian Sydney. Extremely popular in summer, Balmoral has a lovely beach with a fenced-in pool, pleasant foreshore and some excellent restaurants.