8 Things to Do in Mosman That You Shouldn't Miss

November 13, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Discover the best top things to do in Mosman, Australia including Balmoral, Taronga Zoo, Walking Trail To Chowder Bay, Chinamans Beach, Clifton Gardens, Mosman Art Gallery, Headland Park, Ritchies Mosman Maille Boutique.
Restaurants in Mosman

The Esplanade, Balmoral, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia
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4.5 based on 555 reviews

Balmoral

Reviewed By lucass_10 - Kyoto, Japan

Lovely beach to visit particularly if you have non-swimmers and/or small kids. Water quality is OK but quite variable. Avoid after any rain as there are multiple storm water drains that discharge to the beach right around the baths. Note that the baths are NOT near Balmoral Bathers. There used to be another set of baths (shark nets) near the Balmoral Bathers but they were removed a few years ago. The water quality is generally better at the northern end. Being a fairly swish area the food and parking prices here are eyewatering. The local parking cops are brutal (and they have to be to deal with the locals) so don't risk not buying a ticket. Well worth dropping everyone at the beach and heading away from the beach for free parking.
Public toilets are located in several locations along the beach, some with hot showers.
There are several places around the baths (i.e. the southern end) that have shade from trees on the beach courtesy of some very nice old fig trees.
My tip is get there early (before 8) and get away by about 11 as the hoards descend. Less wind, less chance of getting burnt and much easier to park. Bring your own food and save a small fortune. For the more adventurous snorkelling is OK - particularly beneath the timber decks around the baths where a surprising number of fish (and the odd octopus and seahorse) hide in the shade. If the conditions are good (and there isn't anyone fishing) the snorkel around the "island" is also not bad.
The other thing to note about Balmoral is that it is very protected from southerly and sou'westerly winds when many people would assume that it is too windy or cold to go to the beach. Equally, it gets a bit windy when the northeaster kicks in.

2. Taronga Zoo

Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia +61 2 9969 2777
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Taronga Zoo

Taking a ferry directly from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, located in the suburb of Mosman, is the first unexpected joy of visiting the animal park. Once there, the leisurely trails and opportunity to see some of Australia's distinct wildlife become apparent, as does the striking view of the Harbour Bridge from the Seating at the aerial bird show. Advance booking can give you the chance to see koalas up close, or stay overnight and 'camp' in the zoo.

Reviewed By Tuurtje75 - Holland

Arriving with the (gov) ferry entering the zoo with cable car is convenient.
The cable car is great experience, the zoo is huge and has many species
Some restaurant for drinks / food.
We watched the bird show, hilarious since the big birds didn’t want to fly and stayed on top of the tower.
Koala experience was overcrowded and fully booked , a good place for getting Koala photo’s is for example Kuranda close to Cairns, later on our Australia trip we saw many koalas in wild hanging in trees
The price is a bit high but the overall experience is worth it.

3. Walking Trail To Chowder Bay

Balmoral, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia +61 2 9978 4000
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Walking Trail To Chowder Bay

Reviewed By RonWamberal - Sydney, Australia

A beautiful part of Sydney, a;most unknown if you are not a local. Wonderful views of the harbour on the way to Chowder Bay and lots of cafes to enjoy a meal or coffee.

4. Chinamans Beach

Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Chinamans Beach

Reviewed By CarlysWorld - Brisbane, Australia

My girlfriend and I were here early March for our anniversary. What a beautiful, peaceful beach. Although it was quite overcast the day we went, it was still breath taking. The water was still a nice temperature to go swimming.
The surf wasn't huge but that gave an awesome opportunity to spot some dolphins. The sand was clean and full of pippies. The beach was very vacant so it was nice and secluded if you'd like a little privacy. I definitely would love to come back here again. Such a beautiful beach.

Morella Road, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia 9978 4000
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Clifton Gardens

Reviewed By Serephim

In early January 2017 we visited this magnificent location for a family picnic and fun day out. It was a magnificent time had by everyone. The location is brilliant, facilities great, beautiful atmosphere and superb views of the harbour in all its glory. Highly recommend a visit to this beautiful location whether it's a family picnic or just to sit or take a stroll. Clifton Gardens is a winner.

Corner Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia +61 2 9978 4178
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Mosman Art Gallery

Reviewed By JElliot32 - New South Wales, Australia

Mosman Art Gallery is a real find and definitely worth a visit. It hosts a small but wonderful collection of paintings featuring Sydney Harbour from the likes of Margaret Preston and Arthur Streeton as well as many others (mostly courtesy of 'The Balnaves Gift')
Entry to the gallery is free and the place is larger than it looks from outside. When we visited they were holding an annual exhibition of works by local artists, with many for sale at what seemed quite reasonable prices. The gallery also sells a line of quirky gifts,
Plus there's some excellent cafes nearby - as well as the very picturesque Allan Border Oval right across the road. There's plenty of reasons to visit.

7. Headland Park

Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia 6189692100
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Headland Park

Headland Park in Mosman has some of the most stunning vantage points anywhere on Sydney Harbour with uninterrupted views across to Manly, Vaucluse and to the city of Sydney. Today, visitors can discover the rich military history of the area year round. With arguably some of the best views in Sydney, Headland Park which includes Chowder Bay, Middle Head and Georges Heights was once used by the military as a lookout spot to see approaching enemy ships. It's home to a WWI-era military hospital-the only remaining building complex of its kind in NSW-as well as concealed gun pits, underground tunnels, barracks and other fascinating military structures. Visitors can explore the area's defence heritage and take in the spectacular views.

Reviewed By sydneysider48 - Sydney, Australia

Headland Park is a National Park at the end of Middle Head in Mosman which provides a delightful mixture of natural bushland, magnificent elevated views of Sydney Harbour and great walking tracks both through the Park and stretching from Chowder Bay all the way to...MoreThanks for your fabulous comments David S, you have summed up Headland Park nicely!

8. Ritchies Mosman Maille Boutique

1-3 Brady St, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia +61 2 9968 1435
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Ritchies Mosman Maille Boutique

Reviewed By RonWamberal - Sydney, Australia

It's an interesting approach - having a mustard boutique within a store - if it was to happen anywhere in Australia, Mosman is probably the best place. Stated as being exclusive , it almost seems strange to have such a range in an IGA store - almost sounds contradictory to the boutique and exclusive nature. Perhaps it deserves more attention, the pump itself is a novel approach.

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