North Sydney in Sydney
North Sydney is a large commercial centre near central Sydney. Located immediately north of the landmark Sydney Harbour Bridge and facing the central city skyline across Sydney Harbour. North Sydney has its own skyscraper skyline on the opposite site of the Harbour Bridge from the city. It is the second largest commercial district in Sydney. Its shops and food halls are at their busiest weekday lunchtimes, and the pubs are packed after work on a Friday and restaurants full on Friday lunchtimes. Although there are a few good restaurants, shops, bars and nightclubs, the area is primarily commercial, with many shops not opening on a Saturday, and just about everything closed on a Sunday. The local and visitor crowd is just as likely to head towards nearby Crows Nest and Military Road on the Lower North Shore
Trains run frequently from the City to North Sydney on the North Shore Line. Town Hall and Wynyard are the best options, and the North Shore trains don't go all around the city circle loop. Trains get busy at peak hours in both directions, especially at Town Hall.
Many  bus routes service North Sydney. Buses depart from Wynyard Station in the City, and stop outside North Sydney Station. The bus can be a little cheaper than the train, but during peak hours can encounter delays in traffic. If your starting point is the City, then train is going to give you a quicker trip.
The area is five minutes drive north of the Sydney over the Harbour Bridge. From the north it is accessible via the Pacific Highway and the Warringah Freeway from the suburb of Chatswood. However, weekday parking is expensive, difficult to find, and time limited in the commercial areas.
Ferries operate frequently from Circualar Quay and Darling Harbour to Luna Park Wharf and McMahons Point.
North Sydney settled in the early 1800's, but didn't seriously start to evolve into North Sydney until the Harbour Bridge opened in 1932. The Post Office remains a feature with its clock tower right on the highway. It opened in 1899 as the St Leonards post office, and stands largely unchanged.
The Don Bank History Museum is the oldest surviving building in North Sydney, dating back to 1820. It is open Wednesday afternoons only between 12 and 3pm, and really only for those with a particular interest in the local history or the development of Sydney.
St Thomas Church  dates from 1884. Just a small church, and again, only really notable for local interest.
Entry to the Sydney Luna Park retro amusement park is free. Rides can be paid for individually or with a multi-ride ticket.
The Olympic Pool nearby has an outdoor 50 m pool and an indoor 25 m pool with excellent views of the harbour and bridge.
A boardwalk connects the marina (descend the steps from the Harbourside Indian restaurant on Lavender Road) to Luna Park then becomes a jogging track all the way to Kirribilli.
The North Sydney area is notoriously quiet on weekends, and many shops will be closed entirely. However, the area has a number of shopping centres which serve the professional workers in the area, and thus stores stock a great deal of clothing as well as consumer goods.
There are numerous restaurants with a variety of cuisines in Crows Nest near the junction of Pacific Highway, Falcon Street and Willoughby Road, and in McMahons Point, along Blues Point Road.
- Blue Elephant (address: 36 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest) +61-2-9439-3468
price: Entrees $10, mains $20-$40, banquets $35-$45
The Blue Elephant is a Sri Lankan restaurant. It is unusually quiet for a Sydney restaurant, having made the rare decision to have carpets, and also has spacious seating arrangements. The food is excellent: try the mixed entrees. Live jazz on Fridays. Reservations are a good idea on weekends.
- Blu Ginger Indian Restaurant (address: 147 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point) +61-2-8904 1255
price: Main courses cost about $15, and banquets start at $25.
The food is excellent and the service friendly and informal.
- S and I Thai (address: 59 Ridge St, North Sydney) +61-2-9929 6696
price: Mains $12 - $22.
This Thai restaurant's menu is more limited than many in Sydney, but makes up for it with large serves of tasty, spicy basic Thai dishes.
- Sails on Lavender Bay (address: 2 Henry Lawson Avenue, McMahons Point) +61-2-9955-5998
price: Entrees about $25, mains $35 - $40
Fantastic views over the harbour to the bridge and Opera House. Great food, though portions are small.
- Thai Riffic (address: 139 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point) +61-2-9929-6268
Thai Riffic has a much higher standard of presentation than most Thai restaurants, and isn't afraid to mix up tradition a bit in favor of better looking food. But don't worry, they're also very flavorsome: not as spicy as some, but just as much lime juice and fish sauce as you'd expect. Best to go on slow evenings; it's a loud space.
- Maisy's Cafe (address: Shop 1, 164 Military Road, Neutral Bay) +61-2-9908-4030
- Jagos on Miller (address: 232 Miller Street, North Sydney) +61-2-8920-9909
A small upmarket cafe near St Leonards Park, Jagos is a reliable place for a good breakfast. Open from morning until evening.
- Ryo's Noodles (address: 125 Falcon Street, North Sydney) (directions: Take the 228 bus from North Sydney station and get out at the 5th stop. Look out for the orange building opposite the petrol station.) +61 2 9955 0225
Ryo's Noodles serves authentic Japanese ramen and is well known among the Japanese expat community in Sydney as some of the most authentic and tasty ramen outside of Japan. They also serve some unique dishes such as the miso bolognaise - give it a try. The place is very small and they don't accept bookings, so expect to queue sometimes - particularly at weekends.
The suburb of North Sydney is known as a playground for young Sydneysiders, in particular for teenagers and people in their early twenties. There are a number of nightclubs and pubs located within walking distance of North Sydney train station.
- The Commodore Hotel (address: 206 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point) +61-2-9922-5098
A pub frequented by young professionals, it is popular and noisy. Special deals include free beer until the first point scored during major football games.
- The Greenwood Hotel (address: 36 Blue Street, North Sydney) +61-2-9964-9477 email@example.com
This large pub has four bars, and has music events every week including R&B, hip-hop, funky house and trance. Known jokingly by locals as 'Teenwood' because of the notoriously young clientele it attracts.
- Oaks Hotel (address: 118 Military Rd, Neutral Bay) +61-2-9953-5515
open: 10am to midnight Mon to Wed, 10am to 1:30am Thu to Sat, noon to midnight Sunday
This relaxed and popular pub has a large interior and beer garden centered around a large oak. You can purchase raw meat to be barbecued, and there is also a pizza kitchen.
There are a few hotels in North Sydney. They cater to the business and more upscale leisure crowd, often a little cheaper than the Sydney CBD.
- Harbourview Hotel (address: 17 Blue Street, North Sydney) (directions: Walk downhill from North Sydney train station) +61-2-8904-1255 or 1800 801 989 (Australia only, free call)
price: Double rooms range from $150 to $250 per night, higher on New Year's Eve.
The Harbourview is a mid-range hotel, and most rooms has an excellent to spectacular view of Sydney Harbour, one of the best afforded by the district. Rooms are neat but not luxurious.
- [www.parkregishotels.com Park Regis Concierge Apartments] (address: 287 Military Road, Cremorne NSW 2090) 1800 006 922
price: From $99
Ideally located amidst the relaxed village atmosphere of Cremorne - a short drive to the attractions of Sydney's city centre. The hotel's city fringe location gives leisure visitors numerous sightseeing and entertainment options on the North Shore.
The hotel features fully self contained studio and one bedroom apartments some with harbour views. The apartments feature modern decor, climate controlled air-conditioning, TVs, direct dial phones with internet access and full kitchen and laundry facilities. The hotel is situated near numerous dining options with a restaurant and bar next door.
- [www.vibehotels.com.au Vibe Hotel North Sydney] (address: 88 Alfred Street South) (directions: Cnr Cliff Street) +61-2-99551111
price: Starting from $170
This Vibe North Sydney fronts onto Alfred Street, just across the road from Milsons Point Railway Station, and some rooms offer sweeping views over the harbour.
A few minutes up the hill to North Sydney CBD, and a 2km pleasant walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge will bring you to the main sightseeing, shopping and entertainment areas.
- Greenwood Plaza (address: Pacific Highway, North Sydney)
open: Open 9am - 5pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am - 4pm (Saturday). Closed Sunday.
The Greenwood Plaza, a shopping centre opposite North Sydney train station, has a number of Internet kiosks and Wi-Fi is accessible in parts of the centre.
- Kinkos (address: 53 Berry Street, North Sydney) +61-2-9460-3444 firstname.lastname@example.org
price: Internet access is $6.50 per hour.
open: Open all hours on weekdays (7:30am Monday to 10pm Friday), 10am - 5pm (Saturday) and 12pm - 7pm (Sunday).
Kinkos provides PCs and Macs with office applications and Internet access, together with a range of printing services.
- North Sydney Medical Practice (address: 71 Walker Street, North Sydney) +61-2-9922-3022
open: 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday
This practice is a general medical practice. Medicare card holders will receive bulk billed (no payment required) care.
The nearest hospital is Royal North Shore Hospital, in St Leonards on the Lower North Shore.
- IGA Xpress (address: Greenwood Plaza, Pacific Highway, North Sydney) +61-2-9957-6978
open: Open 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday; 9am - 5pm Saturday; closed Sunday and public holidays.
- Aldi (address: 99 Mount Street, North Sydney) +61-2-96759000
open: Open 8.30am - 7pm Monday to Friday; 8.30am - 6pm Saturday - Sunday.