Chowder Bay

Chowder Bay, which as the name may suggest was named after whalers who made chowder from the bay’s seafood.

As an  option, we can visit Chowder Bay as part of our North Shore & Beaches Private tour, as it is quite close to Mosman and Middle Head fortifications.

It is nestled between the harbour and a steep expanse of bushland. Once a submarine base, there are many historic buildings or you can spend your time swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, or bushwalking. You can hire everything you need for a day on the water from Plunge Diving.

There are a few good options for coffee or something to eat. The most comprehensive is the well regarded Ripples Chowder Bay  which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are a number of native wildlife you can look out for. Water dragons, blue-tongue lizards, ring-tailed possums, green tree snakes, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, burrawongs, pacific white face herons, and dollar birds.

Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve

We get to visit the beautiful Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve in both our Essential Sydney Private Tour and our North Shore & Beaches Private Tour. 

This reserve is a Sydney treasure, as it contains more than 160 species of fish and includes sandy beaches (Shelly beach), rocky reefs, seagrass beds, and open water. It also has a very good cafe/restaurant at Shelly Beach called The Boathouse.

There is a fantastic promenade walk from Manly beach to Shelly Beach which takes approx 15-20 minutes but you will not regret it.

This location is one of my personal favourites in Sydney and is not to be missed.


Cremorne Point Reserve

This really is a beautiful public reserve that has the lot. Views, picnic spots,walking tracks, fishing, a swimming pool, a kids playground, gardens and a ferry stop (Cremorne Point).

For me the best part of Cremorne Point is the walking track on the Eastern side (the side looking back towards the heads not the city view side (although it is also fantastic).

Palm Beach Ferry

This is a fantastic ferry ride out on the Pittwater from Palm Beach and calling in a various locations (Bennetts, Basin, Currawong and Mackerel) in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. A round trip takes only 45 minutes – but your welcome to stop off anywhere along the way and catch the next ferry.

This ferry ride is part of our North Shore and Northern beaches Tour.

Balmoral Beach

One of my personal favourites Balmoral Beach is situated on the lower north shore and facing directly out to “the heads” this beach is surrounded by some of Sydney’s grandest homes. Walking along the beach promenade or sitting and watching the parade of families and their dogs is a lovely way to spend a hour.

A beautiful and safe beach for swimming.

Balmoral is included in our “Essential Sydney” and “Harbour and Beaches” private tours. 

Palm Beach

On our North Shore & Northern beaches Private Tour Palm Beach is our ultimate destination. Located at the northernmost tip of the northern beaches peninsula “Palmy” as it is known locally is a paradise.

It is home to the rich and famous and home to the local TV Soap “Home and Away. There are some beautiful little ferry trips you can take from Palm beach. Out on the Pittwater to some fantastic camping beaches and across to the Central Coast.

Shelly Beach

This little beach, a short walk from the southern end of the world famous ” Manly beach” is a personal Sydney favourite.

Its takes only 20 minutes to walk along the coastal path through Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve past a lovely little cafe along the way at Fairy Bower and then on to Shelly Beach. Keep your eye out for the Eastern Water Dragons sunning themselves along the path.

There is a fantastic cafe/restaurant (“The Boathouse”) at Shelly Beach.

This is one of Sydney’s real local gems and not to be missed. A visit to Shelly Beach is included in our Essential Sydney and Harbour & Beaches Tours.IMG_2975