Sydney's Northern Suburbs are satellite commercial centres opposite the Harbour Bridge and are mostly quiet areas with few attractions mostly popular for holiday day trips. Historical sites include the Mary MacKillop Museum and the Don Bank Museum however most visitors who head to the north prefer to see the pretty harbourside suburbs of Killibilli, Milsons Point and McMahons Point or those of the Lower North Shore including Neutral Bay, Mosman, Balmoral Beach and The Spit.
Kirribilli is home to cafes, restaurants, a local pub and the Kirribilli Hotel as well as The Ensemble, one of Sydney's most popular small live theatres. The Sydney Flying Squadron is also based here and is a small club racing high speed 18-footers however Kirribilli is most well known as the official residence for the Prime Minister and Governor-General however these are not open to the public.
Milsons Point is home to the North Sydney Olympic Pool and the Kirribilli Ex-Services Club (located in Milsons Point despite what its name suggests) which offers some of the best views of the Harbour Bridge from atop Lavender Bay. However Milsons Point is best known as the home of Sydney's biggest holiday amusement park, Luna Park, an icon for its huge smiling face entrance.
McMahons Point is a picturesque harbourside suburb home to a string of restaurants along the main street and the Blues Point Reserve which offers great views of the city from across the harbour. Although there are no historically significant sites here, it's a pleasant spot that is much quieter than the Eastern Suburbs.
Neutral Bay is another little town with not many obvious attractions however it is full of activities including some of the most popular meeting places such as the Oaks Hotel. Named after the massive English Oak in the courtyard, the 100 year old heritage listed tree is older than most of Sydney's buildings. Popular with mostly young clientele, Neutral Bay offers the easiest way to get to Mosman's Taronga Park Zoo.
Mosman is renowned for its most popular attraction is Taronga Park Zoo, home to 4000 birds and animals in moat protected enclosures. The Friendship Farm allows children to get up close to the animals while the huge seal pool is a big attraction. A must see on any visit to Sydney, the zoo boasts rare species such as the White Rhinoceros and Giant Panda.
Balmoral Beach is a trendy spot great for swimming and people watching and offers excellent views of Manly and Watsons Bay. There are plenty of lovely picnic areas as well as the dining of the Bathers Pavilion. The Spit offers a steep downhill outcrop of land surrounded by Middle Harbour. There is plenty of parking as well as a number of other dining options and the Middle Harbour Yacht Club.