Tucked into an 80-hectare pocket south-west of the Pacific Highway between Wollstonecraft and North Sydney, Waverton is one of those Sydney suburbs that tends to fly under the radar.
The 3,000 people in this harbourside locale hold on tightly to their property, so there’s never much for sale – particularly when it comes to the free-standing homes that make up less than 20% of its dwellings.
Waverton is filled with scenic parks with access to the harbour. Photo: Marriott Lane Real Estate
Stephen O’Sullivan of Marriott Lane Real Estate says that, with incredible nature on the doorstep, exceptional scenic views of the harbour and city skyline and a close-knit community that supports the local eateries and stores, Waverton is a special place to live. It’s not uncommon for residents to stay in their homes for 20 years or more.
“People don’t like to leave and they will often trade up or down within the suburb,” he says. “It would be fair to label it the hidden gem of the lower north shore and … locals like it like that.”
Free-standing homes make up less than 20 per cent of Waverton’s housing stock. Photo: Marriott Lane Real Estate
Beyond the tree-lined streets in the heart of the suburb, you’ll find remnants of Waverton’s industrial and maritime history as well as a bushland peninsula hugging Berrys Bay.
It’s on the North Shore train line one stop north of North Sydney and only three stops, or less than a 10-minute commute, from Wynyard. Shops and cafes are clustered around the station with many dining options nearby.
See & do
The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability has plenty of walking trails. Photo: Vaida Savickaite
Balls Head Reserve is a treasured pocket of bushland boasting wonderful harbour and bridge views. There are walking trails here as well as barbecue and picnic facilities. On the northern boundary, you’ll find the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, a heritage site with community gardens and a cafe. It also hosts a quarterly Artisans’ Market, art exhibitions, sustainability workshops and wellness sessions. Explore the tunnels for Aboriginal rock engravings.
Eat & drink
The Waverton shopping village on Bay Street. Photo: Vaida Savickaite
The Waterview Cafe opens bright and early at 6am and is a popular meeting spot for the locals, while Third Rail has St Dreux coffee and an all-day breakfast menu. French bistro Le Coq and Fish serves up classic fare such as confit duck and steak tartare. The newest kid on the block is Bar Quattro, a sophisticated, European-style bar where you can enjoy a cocktail or graze on Italian favourites. For sourdough and a range of pastries, visit The Grumpy Baker.