Neutral Bay

A tidy, family-focused neighborhood on Sydney's North Shore.

A leafy suburb on Sydney's North Shore, Neutral Bay's calm demeanor reflects its name. Lunching ladies, avid exercisers, and ambitious office workers enliven Military Road by day and relax in neighborhood-favorite pubs by night. Wander your way through Neutral Bay's winding side streets and glimpse sailboats floating through pockets of foliage. The nearer you get to the waterfront, the quieter this secluded-feeling neighborhood becomes—all the better to focus on homework and study for spelling bees.

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On the Map

Neutral Bay is bordered by Kirribilli/Milsons Point, Cammeray, North Sydney, and Cremorne

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

International Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 20 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 15 minutes by ferry
Bondi Beach: 20 minutes by cab

Quiet and Kind: A Wholesome North Shore Suburb

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Named for its function during Australia's colonial beginnings, Neutral Bay encompasses the strip along Sydney's Lower North Shore where foreign vessels docked in the city's harbor.

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Neutral Bay still feels steady and balanced.

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Now, its commercial junctions thrive with daytime shoppers, yoga students destined for practice studios, and parents picking up children after school.

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The wharf remains a neighborhood anchor.

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Ferries usher professionals and commuters from one side of the harbor to the other.

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Some residents choose to ferry themselves.

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Visitors to Sydney will love being in Neutral Bay for maximum convenience in a pretty, leafy neighbourhood."

Breakfast Cafes and Casual Lunch Spots

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Cafe culture percolates in Neutral Bay.

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In a saucer or on the water, its neighborhood coffee shops and lunch spots exude casual elegance and unhurried ease.

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Freshly caught seafood lures patrons to its fish mongers and fry shops.

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The view from the railing is mighty fine, too.

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Lunch swims somewhere in the shallows.

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[Neutral Bay] has lots of restaurants, cafes, chic new bars, and 3 supermarkets, all within walking distance and with easy parking if you would prefer."

Chic Evening Dining In Neutral Bay

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Neutral Bay's casual lunch enclaves serve gussied-up crowds come dinner time.

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Brasseries, gastropubs, and wine bars welcome buttoned-up clientele.

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After-work cocktails, shared tapas, and modern decor make elegant evening statements in Neutral Bay.

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Park Life In Neutral Bay

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Neutral Bay's Forsyth and Warringa Park provide ample space to play a game of soccer or practice your swing.

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May Lane: Making a Statement In the Street

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Most of Neutral Bay reflects its name—measured, modest, and composed.

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The neighborhood's May Lane makes a bold statement.

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Grafitti and mosaics cover the lane's public surfaces.

Modest Homes: Gardens, Balconies, and Parking

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Modest apartment complexes and modern homes comprise Neutral Bay's residential streetscapes.

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Winding stairs and brick stoops greet residents on their way to and from the wharf or Military Road.

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The bridge is always close behind.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

David Maurice Smith is a Canadian photographer based in Sydney whose work focuses on travel, reportage, and long-term documentary stories. He is drawn to personal stories and is fascinated by the circumstances that are reflected in each of us. He works hard to visually explore and explain the inspiring, tragic, or somewhere in-between… In 2012 David joined Australia's prestigious Photographic Collective, Oculi.

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