Depart eclectic Crows Nest on route 263 and gaze out the window as the bus meanders to the City. You’ll head east, north – everywhere but south it seems. The terracotta of cosy Cammeray taunts you with the ever-receding dream of home ownership; Grafton Street offers inner-harbour glimpses en route to Cremorne; Jacarandas are in bloom and are even more numerous in Neutral Bay (which is still gracious despite the apartment towers.) Finally, 263 reaches Sydney Harbour Bridge, and if you ever grow tired of that view, you are tired of Sydney. For the price of a bus fare, Route 263 is one of the best ‘tours’ of the lower north shore you can have.
Written by: Michael Muir