North Sydney

Perched on Sydney Harbour opposite the CBD, North Sydney is home to many businesses, in towering office buildings, together with residents, in towering apartment buildings. With its proximity to the city (walk, drive or take a train or bus over the Harbour Bridge, or take the tunnel if you prefer), North Sydney attracts suit-wearers who work either in the CBD, or North Sydney itself. At its centre, North Sydney has the feel of a business district. Although it has good cafes and bars, come the weekend it doesn’t quite buzz – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. For recreation, there’s the ever-popular (with tourists) Luna Park, and North Sydney Olympic Pool – not to mention some hilly walks around the foreshore.

Locals are lucky to have Kirribilli Markets on their doorstep – a fortnightly feast of upcycled clothes, new fashion, local designers, food, drink and live entertainment in a pretty spectacular setting. North Sydney is incredibly easy to access by bus, train and car – you could even ride your bike across the bridge to the city if you’d like. North Sydney echoes Sydney city in its glittering office towers, harbour views and army of people in suits. It’s younger than the city though, so lacks the more historical buildings, and benefits from better planning. 

Apartment blocks offer options at different price points from one bedroom set-ups to exquisite penthouse entertainers. For city proximity, outstanding views and the ability to walk across the Harbour Bridge to work, North Sydney is a stand-out suburb. While there are schools available, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a backyard. That said, there are plenty of beautiful green spaces backing onto the harbour, and one of the country’s best amusement parks to keep you entertained.