Head north 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD towards Pittwater. Try make it an early start, so you can enjoy a quiet big breakfast or freshly baked muffins and coffee at the gorgeous Church Point Waterfront Cafe and General Store. It overlooks the wharf where the ferry service departs (once an hour), and doubles as a general shop so you can stock up on wine, snacks or picnic fare here for the day ahead.
The Church Point ferry is a sweet way to explore the area and the driver is friendly and more than happy to suggest stops to hop off at and explore. The ferry takes in Scotland Island, a water-access only island that is home to some 1000 residents and an abundance of bushland and native animals, and the Western Foreshore of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
We didn’t do too much research and spent the day jumping off and on at different ferry stops at whim (and a little guidance from the ferry driver) and stumbled across all manner of local wildlife, pretty secluded beaches, bush trails, and a waterfall!
Post-ferry, we returned to the Waterfront Cafe and General Store, where the resident jazz band was charming a full-house of diners chomping down on tasty Italian-inspired fare, including fresh fish, pizzas, mezze and more. We got a bottle of red and joined them to watch the sun set. As it got dark, we wished for the day to play on repeat.
The hack? A round trip on the Church Point Ferry Service for an adult fare will set you back $14.50. But a visit to this gorgeous, relatively quiet pocket of Sydney is free and will make you feel like you’ve been away for much longer than a day.