At Chadwick, we have always loved the Upper North Shore, but there’s never been more to see and do than there is right now. There’s something for everyone.
As the weather gets warmer and we all emerge from our winter hibernation, here are some of our local insider tips for how to make the most of this wonderful pocket of Sydney.
The great outdoors
Visitors to Lisgar gardens can get lost in nature just minutes from the Hornsby town centre. Set on 2.6 hectares, the garden has a gazebo, three waterfalls, and ninety varieties of camellias including some of Australia’s rarest species.
The Bobbin Head picnic area in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is the perfect place to relax and unwind with the family in a secluded and picturesque pocket of the national park.
Eating and drinking
For a sophisticated but unpretentious meal, the Cook’s Garden restaurant in Turramurra offers a range of great lunch and dinner options.
For breakfast, it’s hard to go past the Butcher’s Block café on Redleaf Avenue in Wahroonga, a neighbourhood gem. Next door at the Butcher’s Apprentice restaurant, they also do a great lunch and dinner, specialising in lamb rump and beef sirloin.
For cafés, you’ll find your new “regular” coffee spot at ‘Replay café’ located in Williams St Turramurra and ‘Stanley street café’ in Stanley St Ives. Both cafés are hidden gems that have a cosy ambience, that offer an amazing selection of breakfasts, lunches & coffees. You won’t be disappointed.
The perfect cultural day out
The Ku-ring-gai Art Centre is an unusual day out, running art, textile and music classes for people of all levels of experience. In a lovely setting, the classes are taught by expert professional artists and musicians, and the outstanding facilities include French hydraulic printing presses and a pottery studio with five kilns.
For architecture connoisseurs, Rose Seidler House is another local treasure. Built in 1950 in Wahroonga by Harry Seidler for his parents Rose and Max, the home is a Bauhaus-style architectural marvel with panoramic views of the surrounding bushland. Now run by Sydney Living Museums, it is open to the public on Sundays.
Fun for all the family
For those with children, finding the perfect playground can be a challenge. Bicentennial Park in West Pymble boasts a water play area for the little ones, as well as a bike track, picnic facilities, and plenty of space for the kids to run around.
The Jubes Mountain Bike Park in Wahroonga is a great place for kids to ride their bikes or scooters and has different tracks for all ages and skill levels.