Centred around the junction of five major roads, Crows Nest is a suburb on Sydney’s lower North Shore. It’s named after a cottage built in the 1820s by Edward Wollstonecraft that boasted an “elevated and commanding position” and was settled primarily following the completion of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.
Things to do
At the heart of Crows Nest is a lively commercial hub where you’ll find beauty parlours, vintage clothing shops and independent stores selling art supplies. If you’re feeling hungry, there are plenty of global eateries where you can grab a bite to eat, including Ciao Ciao Pizza, I Love Pho and The Stoned Crow.
Want to stretch your legs? Head to St Thomas Rest Park, with the leafy green space originally established in 1845 as a cemetery for St Thomas’s Church. It’s home to elaborate tombs where some of the North Shore’s most prominent residents are laid to rest, including the pioneer settlers Alexander Berry and Edward Wollstonecraft. Also within the park is Sexton’s Cottage, a mid-19th-century home that serves as a local history museum.
One of Crows Nest’s most unique buildings is the heritage-listed Electricity Power House, which was constructed in 1927 in an Interwar Georgian Revival style. Admire its three-story brick and cement-rendered facade, with its hipped roof covered in ceramic tiles. It’s located a short stroll from the Northside Conference Centre where cocktail parties and launch events are regularly held.
Crows Nest is around 10 minutes’ drive from Sydney’s CBD and 30 minutes from Sydney Airport. Buses travel throughout the suburb and connect it with surrounding destinations while St. Leonards railway station lies a short walk to the west. Crows Nest is compact enough to explore on foot.