BARRENJOEY HEADLAND, PALM BEACH AND PITTWATER
Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Sydney’s North Shore and on to Mosman and Middle Harbour, a centre of boating and recreation.
Taronga Zoo is in Bradleys Head Rd Mosman, but it is best to travel by ferry from Circular Quay. Tel: (02) 9969 2777
Swim or picnic with the family at one of the many harbour swimming and picnic areas including Balmoral and Clifton Gardens.
From Manly, travel by bus or take Pittwater Road past Sydney’s picturesque Northern Beaches to Palm Beach at Pittwater.
Along the way, the beach at Collaroy is a favourite for families. Playground, picnic area and safe ocean pool.
Climb Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach with panoramic views overlooking Pittwater or stroll along sandy beaches.
Scenic cruises run daily from Palm Beach Wharf on the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater and Brisbane Waters.
Pittwater is a beautiful waterway with excellent access, sailing, boating and waterside parks. Explore the pubs, boating clubs, restaurants, marinas, sheltered beaches, picnic areas around Palm Beach, Avalon, Newport and Church Point. Don’t miss the great children’s playground at Winji Jimmi Reserve at Bayview.
If you are fortunate enough to have access to a boat, then explore Pittwater’s Scotland Island and other ‘water-bound’ settlements on the western shore. Or motor or sail around West Head into the amazingly beautiful bays of Cowan Water.
From other parts of Greater Sydney follow Mona Vale Road from the M2 or Lane Cove Road from the M4.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is where the Hawkesbury River meets the sea at Broken Bay. The park’s scenic beauty is combined with a rich Aboriginal heritage and a strongsense of history. A favourite place for walkers, boaters, swimmers and picnickers. Make sure you see the spectacular views from West Head Lookout and the Kalkari Discovery Centre.
Davidson Park at Roseville is part of Garigal National Park in the valley of Middle Harbour Creek which includes the secluded boating haven of Bantry Bay. It is a great place to picnic, canoe or launch a boat.
For information about Ku-ring-gai Chase and Garigal National Parks Tel: (02) 9472 8949 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Ku-ring-gai Council’s Wildflower Garden at 420 Mona Vale Road St Ives has 123 hectares of urban bushland and picnic areas, wheelchair and stroller friendly and more challenging walking tracks.
Tel: (02) 9424 0353 www.kmc.nsw.gov.au
Pittwater Council Mona Vale Library
1 Park St Mona Vale Tel: (02) 9970 1600
Northern Beaches Visitors’ Association
Information is also available from
Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park
Lake Park Road North Narrabeen
Tel: (02) 9913 7845