One of Sydney’s northern suburbs is named Neutral Bay, which is only five kilometres from the CBD. Its history dates back to the 1790s. In those days ships entered the bays at the harbour without being officially verified in respect of their arrivals or departures. This problem was resolved by identifying only one bay that could be allocated to foreign ships, which would allow the visitors to stock up on necessary groceries and fresh water. The selected bay was referred to as a neutral harbour. As time progressed, it was formally named Neutral Bay.
Some of the suburbs that surround Neutral Bay are Cammeray, Mosman, Kirribilli, Cremorne and North Sydney. Being close to the city, many workers travel by bus or train, which accounts for over 25% of the working residents. However, approximately 35% of the residents travel to work in their own transport, which encourages many ‘rusty’ drivers to search for driving lessons in order to maximise their driving skills.
Neutral Bay has its own commercial area. Neutral Bay Junction is a popular shopping centre that houses well-known supermarkets and speciality stores. Hungry shoppers also have a choice of a wide selection of cafes and restaurants.
Tourists who enjoy the historical and artistic aspects of Neutral Bay will not want to miss out on a visit to Nutcote, in Wallaringa Avenue, which was the home of May Gibbs MBE. She was one of the country’s principal children’s authors and she also designed covers and supplied illustrations for various magazines. She is famous for her Gumnut books that are still popular with many children throughout the world.
Parents with school-going children have a wide choice for schools in the area. Primary schools and high schools are in Neutral Bay. The Neutral Bay Public School is a popular choice as it also provides before- and after-care facilities for children whose parents both work. At the same time, schools for children with special needs are available in and around the suburb. Students are well-catered for at the Macquarie University. Those who choose to drive on their own can receive driving lessons Neutral Bay, in order to quickly become confident on the busy roads to and from the various tertiary institutions.
As well as providing great indoor entertainment venues, this trendy suburb features several parks and outdoor recreational facilities. Warringa Park, Willow Tree Park and Ilberry Park are worthy of a visit, especially for families who are looking for walking areas and picnic spots.
More than 10,000 residents were known to live in this vibey suburb, based on the 2006 census. As more visitors from overseas choose to reside here, they discover that their current driving licenses become illegal after a few months. However, they can seek expert advice and some professional driving lessons Ryde at a driving school.
Neutral Bay is in a prime position for both residents and tourists alike. You will be spoilt for choice regarding holiday drives. Furthermore, just a few kilometres away, the awe-inspiring Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House are a sight to behold.