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The Upper North Shore is a leafy and affluent residential area to the north of the heart of Sydney. It is east of the Lane Cove river, north of Chatswood and south of the uppermost border of Hornsbyshire council area.


The Upper North Shore starts north of Chatswood and stretches all the way to the Hawkesbury River. It consists of mainly residential and bushland suburbs, with the apartments and high density of the Lower North Shore giving way to the detached houses in the leafy suburbs of Killara, Pymble, Turramurra, Warrawee, Wahroonga and Hornsby and further north to villages carved out of the bush near Berowra and Mt Colah.

Containing some of the oldest residential areas of Sydney, the North Shore is known for its extensive gardens and mature European trees, making it one of the most attractive areas within the Sydney metropolitan area. This is particularly true in November of each year, when the blossoming of the Jacaranda trees provides streetscapes of bright purple flowers.

Get in[edit]

Gordon railway station.

The T1 train line and the Pacific Highway provide the spine of the region, running parallel to each other for much of their length.

By train[edit]

While there are plenty of train stations in the Upper North Shore, the two most important ones are listed.

  • 1 Gordon railway station is a major station on the North Shore line. All trains on this line, including expresses, stop there.
  • 2 Hornsby railway station is a terminal station for both North Shore lines, as well as providing onwards services north through the Central Coast, Newcastle and beyond.

By car[edit]

The Sydney/Upper North Shore is very accessible from nearly every part of Sydney, as it faces no major geographical obstructions, and is not too far away from the CBD, being about a 20-40 minute drive, depending on where in the Sydney/Upper North Shore you'd want to go to.

From other parts of Sydney it's:

  • 15 minutes from Mona Vale, via the A3 Mona Vale Road
  • 15 minutes from Lane Cove National Park, via the A3 Ryde Road
  • 20 minutes from Brooklyn, via the B83 and M1
  • 30 minutes minimum from Berowra Waters. Although this is part of Outer Sydney, getting here is hard due to the lack of infrastructure
  • 30 minutes from Parramatta, via the A28 and A1
  • 30 minutes from The Hills, via the M2

Get around[edit]

Map of Sydney/Upper North Shore

Trains and public buses are available, mainly centred around a city commute. You'll probably be able to get to a single destination and return to the city by public transport easily enough, but touring the area requires a car especially in the northern areas of Ku-ring-gai Chase and Garigal National Parks. The main road linking the North Shore suburbs together is the Pacific Highway (A1) in a northwest to southeast (and vice versa) direction.


Rose Seidler House
  • 1 Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve, Entry from Rosedale Road or Vista Road, St Ives, +61 2 8448 0400, . Open from sunrise to sunset except when it is sometimes closed due to weather issues or risk of fire. A must-see for birdwatchers, conservationists and people with a passion in Australian botany. The nature reserve contains some of the last remaining blue gum forests which once ruled over much of Sydney. Rainbow lorikeets, king parrots and silvereyes are a sample of the birds you will find here. Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve (Q5211617) on Wikidata Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve on Wikipedia
  • 2 Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives, +61 2 9424 0353, . 8am - 5pm open every day except for Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden features scenic landscape including bushland, gullies, ponds and waterfalls. It is a great spot to have a picnic or go bushwalking/hiking. The picnic area is quite often visited by swamp wallabies so this is a good spot to see these animals relatively close to the city. Entry is free.
  • 3 Rose Seidler House, 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, +61 2 9989 8020, fax: +61 2 9487 2761, . Su 10AM-5PM. The first building designed by the renowned Australian architect Harry Seidler. This famed piece of Australian modernist architecture, built in 1948-1950, has been preserved in its original condition and features panoramic views of Kuringai National Park. admission adults $8, child/concession $4, family $17. Rose Seidler House (Q7367931) on Wikidata Rose Seidler House on Wikipedia
  • 4 Hornsby Water Clock. Hornsby Water Clock (Q5904512) on Wikidata Hornsby Water Clock on Wikipedia
  • 5 Seven Little Australians Park. M-F 8:30AM–5PM. Hidden in the deep bush, the park is known for its beauty and is a popular recreation site for its little hiking trail. The name of the park comes from the classical Australian children's novel by English-born Australian writer Ethel Turner.
  • 6 Annie Wyatt House, 26 Park Avenue, Gordon. Annie Forsyth Wyatt, the founder of the National Trust of Australia spent most of their time in this very cottage. In 1945, the unofficial meeting of the trust was held here. Annie Wyatt House (Q29018164) on Wikidata


  • 1 Roseville Cinema, 112 Pacific Highway, Roseville, +61 2 9416 8555. Family-owned, independent cinema with a focus on art house. Runs films not shown in the big multiplexes.
  • 2 Lindfield Rocks, 62a Tryon Road, East Lindfield, +61 2 9424 0754, . The oldest bouldering site in Sydney. Very popular among rock climbing enthusiasts and accessible to beginners. For groups of 0-25 people the price is $12.50 per hour (2 hour minimum).
  • 3 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Large national park to the north of Hornsby until the Hawkesbury river. $12 to enter with a car.
  • 4 North Turramurra Golf Course, 361b Bobbin Head Rd North Turramurra 2072, +61 2 9144 5110. Daily from sunrise to sunset. Public golf course with scenic views. The flattish terrain and golf lessons available make it particularly attractive for beginners though it is probably not challenging enough for pro golfers. From $10 to $40.
  • 5 St. Ives Medieval Faire, 420 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives, +61 2 9424 0353, . Late September. Every year the St. Ives Showground turns into a bustling village from the Middle Ages. Events include a jousting tournament, a trebuchet demonstration, seeing fully armoured knights, a reenactment of hawking as well as a lavish medieval feast. From $15.
  • 6 Berowra Valley National Park. Small park with lots of walking trails, greenery and an easy way to escape the bustling Sydney crowds. Berowra Valley National Park (Q39080126) on Wikidata Berowra Valley National Park on Wikipedia


  • 1 Stanley Street Butchery, 15 Stanley Street, St Ives, +61 2 9449 9242, . M-F 7AM-6PM Sa 7AM-5PM, Su 8AM-2PM. South African grocery and butchery. If you're after traditional biltong, boerewors, droëwors or any other authentic South African foodstuff, it will be here.
  • 2 Westfield Hornsby, 236 Pacific Hwy. A large shopping centre with cinemas, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants etc. Right next to the station. Westfield Hornsby (Q14935036) on Wikidata Westfield Hornsby on Wikipedia
  • 3 St Ives Shopping Village, 166 Mona Vale Rd. True to its name, this carpeted shopping precinct has an 80s vibe with a local flavour and is not as overcrowded as the shopping centres and malls that have sprung up across metropolitan Sydney. Popular among retirees and boomers. St Ives Shopping Village (Q24190439) on Wikidata St Ives Shopping Village on Wikipedia


  • 1 Khob Khun Thai, 308 Pacific Highway, Lindfield, +61 2 9880 8020. Serves light Thai meals quickly. You barely have enough time to sit down or grab some BYO alcohol from the shop around the corner before the food is ready. It is popular with university students from the nearby campus of the University of Technology, Sydney. Mains are between $12-19.
  • 2 Cafe Lyon, 366 Pacific Highway, Lindfield, +61 2 9416 5026. A local bistro that serves French meals with a modern twist. $20-40 mains.
  • 3 Lotus Inn, 41 Redleaf Avenue, Wahroonga, +61 2 9489 5740. $10-20. Serves Chinese cuisine mainly. It is the most popular and well known Chinese restaurant within the area. It is BYO Wine only with no corkage, and there is a bottle shop just down the road. It is approx. 3-5minute walk from the station and is generally full on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday's. Try the Sizzling Beef.
  • 4 Dosa House, 4/100 Pacific Hwy, Waitara, +61 2 9489 4797. The restaurant looks plain and drab but the South Indian dishes are reasonable for budget eaters.


  • 1 Greengate Hotel, 655 Pacific Highway, Killara (on the corner of Pacific Highway and Greengate Road), +61 2 9498 3577, . M Tu 10AM-11PM, W-Sa 10AM-midnight, Su 10AM-10PM. There is always something on every night with entertainment or live music. A trivia night is held every Tuesday. Drinks $3.50-9.00, mains $10-22.
  • 2 Hornsby RSL Club, 4 High Street, Hornsby, +61 2 9477 7777, . Su-Tu 9:30AM-1AM, W Th 9:30AM-2AM, F Sa 9:30AM-4AM. The go-to place for people passing through Hornsby. Attracts a older crowd than in the past. The RSL offers high tea, tapas and mixed drinks. There is a basic dress code to not wear any offensive, untidy or overly casual clothing.
  • 3 Kipling's Garage Bar, 2 Eastern Rd, Turramurra, +61 2 9440 4088, . M-F 7AM-midnight, Sa noon-midnight Su noon-10PM. As hinted by the name, this wine bar was built on what was a mechanic's garage. Nowadays it has a rustic and chic industrial vibe. There is a big fireplace making winter nights very comfy. Over 250 different types of wines are available, along with spirits, craft beers and ciders. Serves tapas.
  • 4 Garden Tap (The Cook's Garden), 272 Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra, +61 2 9144 5086. W-Su 11:30AM-late. Has the design and atmosphere of a classic English style pub. The cocktails aren't too flashy but the diners come for the burgers like the wagyu beef and pulled pork.
  • 5 Cellar 8 Wine Bar, 8 Post Office St, Pymble, +61 2 9440 9044. Tu-Th 4PM-10:30PM, F Sa 4-11:30PM. A modern, boutique bar tucked and hidden away. The large range of wines are all sourced from Australia and New Zealand. Try the caramelised garlic bread.


Pymble Hotel


Mobile coverage is quite strong in most of the area, but is basically non-existent in the national parks at the north.

Go next[edit]

Within Sydney[edit]

  • Take a break from the nature walks and dive into the Northern Beaches via the A3 Mona Vale Road.

Further away[edit]

  • Brooklyn is a pleasant town on the banks of the Hawkesbury river, just a few stops north on the train line.
  • Wisemans Ferry is a nice pleasant picnic spot on the Hawkesbury.
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