The Opera House, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour and the Botanical Gardens are some of the more popular tourist attractions in Sydney. But there are also other amazing locations worthy to be visited. If you are keen to explore some of Sydney’s natural landscapes, you don’t actually have to travel too far from Sydney CBD.
Off-road holidays are fun ways to bond with nature and be inspired by nature. Here are some wonderful natural landscapes just over the Harbour Bridge.
It got its name from what is abundant in the bay in the late 1800s. Chowder Bay and Headland Park are steeped in history as a maritime village and can be found along a well-marked track between Taronga Zoo and Balmoral Beach. It is a natural gem in the heart of a bustling city that is filled not only with fine restaurants serving the day’s catch but also with a picturesque palm-dotted beach perfect for family picnics, romantic dates, and lots of water sports adventure.
Enjoy a refreshing dip in the calm waters and unpack the picnic hamper on one of the shady tables. Hone your scuba diving skills while being surrounded with majestic aquatic life. Or you can explore Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk and come face-to-face with wildlife and ancient trees.
Overlooking Sydney Harbour, Balmoral Beach is a safe family beach offering an enclosed shark proof swimming area, a wide boardwalk, toilets, showers, takeaway shops, restaurants and a Bathers Pavilion. Learn to sail at Balmoral Sailing School or hire a kayak for an enjoyable afternoon on the sheltered waters.
Go exploring along the quaint footbridge from the beach to Rocky Point or wander along the foreshore to enjoy panoramic views of North and South Headlands. Follow the easy walking trail from Balmoral Beach to Chowder Bay and learn about Sydney’s military heritage while enjoying magnificent views of the headlands and Sydney Harbour.
Located at the historic site of the former Quarantine Station, North Head, the Station is just five minutes from Manly and 30 minutes from the heart of Sydney. According to QStation.com.au, the Station evolved over 150 years and closed in 1984. Its use increased during periods of infectious diseases when international travellers arriving in Australia by migrant ships with suspected contagious diseases in the early to mid-1900s. They were offloaded in Sydney Harbour and taken to North Head Quarantine Station to protect local residents from infection.
There’s nothing like feeling history’s power with Q Station’s expansive and historic surrounds. Go swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, bush walking or simply relax. Experience the invigorating, restorative beauty of the Australian bush and the salt sea air. Then dine on the edge of Sydney’s amazing Harbour at the Boilerhouse Restaurant.
North Head Lookout
Sprawled amidst native flora and fauna as it is surrounded by the Sydney Harbour National Park, North Head Lookout is at the end of a 1-km long paved pathway, not far from the Quarantine Station. Between May and November, this is a brilliant location to view the humpback whales on their migration from the Antarctic to Hervey Bay in far north QLD. You can explore the National Artillery Museum, as this site was used to protect Sydney during the first and second world wars. No toilet facilities are available at this location. Take a jacket when you visit as the southern winds can be intense at times as you near the cliff face.
Leave the hectic world behind. Don’t forget your sunblock, your camera and your map as you visit these natural landscapes with your loved ones.