Recent Home Living Property Culture The Team North Shore Living
Recent Home Living Property Culture The Team North Shore Living
We often travel far and wide for holidays and adventures while neglecting to take advantage of what’s under our own noses.

Sydney’s north shore is a treasure-trove of gardens and fascinating historic spots. Take a look at some of our favourite natural locations within a short drive of suburban areas.

Gardens

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is one of Sydney's best kept secrets! Situated in St Ives, the 123 hectares of urban bushland is a great spot for bushwalking, picnicking and special events.
This free reserve includes a lovely playground area for small children which is usually quiet on weekdays. You can even plan a unique bush birthday party for nature-loving little ones.
The highlight of this venue is the Wildflower Art and Garden Festival. Food, market and native plant vendors bring the place to life during this event, which is usually held around the last weekend of August.

Visit: http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/Services_facilities/Facilities_and_venues/Ku-ring-gai_Wildflower_Garden and http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/Services_facilities/Facilities_and_venues/Ku-ring-gai_Wildflower_Garden/Wildflower_Art_and_Garden_Festival

Lisgar Garden

Tucked away in Hornsby, this flower garden covers over six acres. A range of blooms including camellias, azaleas and gardenias attract visitors from far and wide, and also make this location popular for weddings.

If you want to make use of the garden as a group, some areas can be hired for special occasions. Children will love exploring the fish ponds, waterfalls and rainforest walk at this century-old location.

Visit: http://discoverhornsby.com/parks/lisgar-gardens/

Beaches and swimming holes

Resolute Beach

Yes, the North Shore has beaches. Looking out to Palm Beach, the best-kept-secret is Resolute Beach, which website BestSydneyWalks says you should visit at least once in your life.

Calm and clear, this sandy beach is another good spot for children; however, it is a decent 8 km hike from the nearest parking spot. If you have access to a boat, make use of it and approach Resolute Beach via the water.

This lovely secluded beach also makes a romantic date destination, provided your partner doesn’t mind the walk.

Visit: https://www.bestsydneywalks.com/resolute-beach-and-resolute-track/


Upper Gledhill Falls

Kids and the young at heart will love Upper Gledhill Falls. It’s a refreshing way to spend an afternoon and is accessed by a short bush walk through Ku-Ring-Gai National Park. The waterfall makes the spot an incredibly picturesque place to spend some time at.

Visit: https://thingdoer.com/activities/7332/have-swim-upper-gledhill-falls

Historic Sites

Aboriginal Red Hands and carvings

Also in Ku-ring-gai National Park is an amazing imprint of one of Australia’s early inhabitants.

Red Hands Cave clearly shows stencilled hand marks from an Indigenous person, made many many years ago. To get here, park close to the very end of West Head where there is a lookout spot and make your day down a bush trail (this can be a little steep in some parts).

For an easier peek at history, follow the signs along a flat walk above The Basin to the Aboriginal Carvings. Dotted around the park, these carefully preserved carvings show whales, kangaroos and other scenes from pre-settlement days.

Visit: https://theculturetrip.com/pacific/australia/articles/the-most-spectacular-aboriginal-engraving-sites-around-sydney/

Parks and playgrounds

You don’t always have to go bush to enjoy nature. A little less ‘secret’, these parks are nonetheless places to enjoy the outdoors.

Willoughby Park Playground

Located on McClelland Street, Willoughby, this park blends play equipment with the natural environment. A fence surrounds the activity area, which has swings, slides, climbing equipment and a musical experience.

If you don’t have children, you can enjoy the green space outside the play area with a pet or family members.

Visit: http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/your-neighbourhood/parks-and-playgrounds/willoughby-park/

Wahroonga Park

Beautifully presented gardens and shaded play areas make Wahroonga Park a big drawcard. If you have children, it is likely you are already aware of this popular space.

The park’s rotunda evokes the charm of times gone by. This venue is home to the suburb’s popular Twilight Concert series, which lights up the park with food stalls and entertainment.

Visit: http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/Facilities_Data_Upload/Wahroonga_Park

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