By Time Out in partnership with Google
An attraction in its own right, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is also the gateway to Sydney’s lower North Shore. The area is as well known for its tree-lined streets as it is secluded harbour beaches, and starts at the north’s own CBD of North Sydney, before spilling out to Kirribilli, Crows Nest and Neutral Bay. Here you’ll find the Kirribilli Markets, cocktail bar the Botanist, the Ensemble Theatre and Wendy Whiteley’s much-loved garden oasis. Working your way along the harbour’s fringe, you can take a dip in hidden ocean pools like Maccallum Pool or in the open ocean at Nielsen Park; do high tea at the historic Gunners Barracks; kick back with brunch right on the water at the Boathouse in Balmoral; or enjoy a seafood lunch next to bobbing sailing boats at Chiosco by Ormeggio. The contrasts of bush and suburbia, the ocean and busy roads, the harbour and dense school zones give the North much of its charm. In fact, the Sydney Harbour National Park is home to one of the world’s only rainforest ecosystems within such close proximity to the city. As you continue to work your way along the headlands and coastal cliffs of the park, you may be lucky enough to see rock engravings made by the region’s earliest inhabitants, the Cammeraygal people.
Further around the headlands you'll eventually come to the North’s first major ocean beach, Manly. This tourist hotspot and local surfing hub is also quite the dining precinct, and the relaxed beachside aura permeates the dining scene. You can channel Nordic vibes with Toast Skagen from Fika Swedish Kitchen; down Nepalese-style dumplings or Hawaiian poke bowls at Momo Bar Manly; grab a slice from Pocket Pizza; or go all-out with fancy Cantonese fare at Manly’s Queen Chow. From hidden gems to quirky icons, these establishments and their own ‘signature searches’ represent the character and diversity that make each part of Sydney so special.
While you’re here...
Win vouchers to try all five unique eats for free
For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we partnered with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some delicious dishes and the local heroes who made them and locked in a shortlist of one-of-a-kind dining experiences worth searching for. Now, we want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all five dishes (worth $350) for free! Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended) Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot. Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept