The harbourside suburb of Wollstonecraft is located on Sydney's lower North Shore. Wollstonecraft is distinguished by its fine homes and million dollar views of Balmain, Hunters Hill and Birchgrove. Bordered by the affluent suburbs of Crows Nest, North Sydney and Greenwich, Wollstonecraft is five kilometres north-west of Sydney's CBD and is only one square kilometre in area.
Flanked by Berrys Bay and Balls Bay, the Waverton peninsula is blessed with tracts of both virgin bushland and parkland, heritage-listed Aboriginal rock engravings as well as a number of iconic former industrial sites. Balls Head Reserve, Waverton's bushland peninsula, is a popular picnic destination especially when there are harbour fireworks.
The first peninsula to the east of Milsons Point and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, McMahons Point is considered one of Sydney's most exclusive localities and is rich in history as well as enjoying a vibrant cafe and restaurant lifestyle. The northern end of Blues Point Road, next to the CBD of North Sydney, is home to many advertising, media, computing and architecture firms as well as specialty shops, alfresco cafes and local pubs.
One of Sydney's smallest suburbs, Milsons Point is 3 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, next to North Sydney. It is named after the geographical feature that juts into Sydney Harbour from the northern side, It is home to a number of Sydney's icons, including Luna Park, North Sydney Pool, the picturesque Lavender Bay and the northern pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Hunters Hill is recognised as one of Sydney s most prestigious suburbs, with many of its homes having not only river views but also direct river access. It is markedly different from the closely developed terrace-house suburbs of the Victorian era, such as Sydney's Paddington and Glebe and Melbourne 's Carlton. It has outlasted, in its essential character, a number of other early suburbs which today retain only vestiges of their first selves.
North Sydney grew out of the township of St Leonards, established in 1836. Most of the houses that were once at the heart of North Sydney have been replaced, first in the 1920s by Sydney Harbour Bridge's northern approaches which cuts a swathe through its centre, and after World War II by commercial buildings as North Sydney developed as a northern extension of the commercial centre of Sydney.
The first suburb to the east of the Harbour Bridge is Kirribilli, one of the city's most established and affluent neighbourhoods. Kirribilli is one of Australia's older suburbs, with the first land grants in the area being granted by the colonial government during the 1790s. The tip of Kirribilli Point marks the entrance to Neutral Bay, and Careening Cove on its eastern side.
Neutral Bay is one of the inner Lower North Shore suburbs, situated around 5 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district. The main shopping district of Neutral Bay, known as Neutral Bay Junction, is along Military Road, which is the main road that runs through Neutral Bay, Cremorne and Mosman. It features many quality shops, restaurants and cafes.
Cremorne is a mainly residential area with its commercial area centred along Military Road, around Cremorne Junction. Cremorne features an historic cinema, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace. Cremorne Point, which adjoins the suburb, occupies the harbour landmark of the same name. Cremorne Point has a foreshore walking path which affords excellent views up and down Sydney Harbour.
Mosman forms a peninsula between Sydney Harbour and Middle Harbour and features a number of popular beaches on both harbours. Small arcades, restaurants and exclusive boutiques give Mosman an almost village atmosphere, although the area feels very much alive. Attractive modern townhouses stand shoulder to shoulder with large heritage listed Federation era houses and Californian bungalows.
The affluent harbourside suburb of Greenwich occupies a peninsula on the northern side of Sydney Harbour, at the opening of the Lane Cove River. The suburb features harbour views, a few pockets of bushland, shops, restaurants and cafes, a harbour swimming pool with shark net. Greenwich House, at the corner of George and St Lawrence Sts, was built by George Green around 1837-41.
Across the Parramatta River from Balmain and directly north of Cockatoo Island is Clarkes Point, around which grew what became known as the industrial village of Woolwich in the early 20th Century. Today it is a residential area but retains numerous links to its shipbuilding past. Woolwich and its neighbour, Hunters Hill, are both prestigious suburbs.