Tucked away on Sydney’s lower north shore, 5kms from the CBD, Cammeray has a quiet charm that captivates young families, and although this picturesque neighbourhood likes to keep a low profile, the hidden gems – a sense of community and leafy surrounds – are what truly define the neighbourhood.
Cammeray is mostly a residential area. Some houses have waterfront access such as those in Cowdroy Avenue and the end of Cammeray Road, leading down to Folly Point.
Miller Street, the main thoroughfare of Cammeray, is lined with restaurants influenced by Chinese, Thai and Italian cuisine, as well as several cafes, the local post office, a petrol station and many other small businesses like dentists and jewellers. The Green Park shopping area makes a small hamlet, within the village of Cammeray.
Cammeray is the last of the south-bound bus stops for services that operate via the Warringah Freeway to the Sydney central business district, although other south-bound services do travel toNorth Sydney, Milsons Point and Crows Nest. Long Gully Bridge, a sandstone bridge spanning Tunks Park that once carried trams to Northbridge in the early half of the 20th century, is located at the northern end of Cammeray. It is now a vital link to suburbs north of Cammeray, and is an easily recognised feature to people living in the surrounding area.
Cammeray Public School, catering for students from Kindergarten to Year 6, is situated on the corner of Palmer and Bellevue Streets. Cammeray Children's Centre, a pre–school and childcare centre, is located at Warwick Avenue in Green Park.
The Sydney Saturday School of Japanese, a weekend Japanese educational programme, holds classes for Japanese national and Japanese Australian students at the Cammeray Public School.
While there are also some older high rise apartment blocks in certain areas of Cammeray that were built several decades ago, the majority of residences are in the form of stand-alone or semi-detached, single or double-storey houses. Many of the quieter streets are lined with trees and have nature stips. This gives Cammeray a pleasant green look. Recently there have been many housing redevelopments in the heart of Cammeray Shopping Village. They take the form of low rise apartment blocks.
Tunks Park is a recreation area, popular among joggers and those wishing to walk their dogs. It also provides Cammeray with three sporting fields, notably cricket pitches during the summer, soccer, rugby league and union fields during the winter. The Norths Pirates Junior Rugby Union Club, is Cammeray's local village rugby union team who play all home games at the western field of Tunks Park. The North Sydney Brothers, a junior rugby league club also have all their home games there as well as the rugby league teams of Marist College North Shore.
At the eastern edge of Tunks Park is a small boat ramp allowing small boats to enter Middle Harbour. Because Tunks Park is at the bottom of a valley and partially enclosed by bushland, it has several short, easily navigable bushwalking trails that lead up to Naremburn to the west and Northbridge to the east. A skatepark and youth plaza is also scheduled to be completed soon.
Cricket and golf are both well represented with the Cammeray Cricket Club and Cammeray Golf Club. Cammeray Golf Course is a nine-hole course that is situated between Cammeray Road and the Warringah Freeway. Situated near the golf course is a tennis club and soccer field where the local junior soccer team, the North Sydney Bears, practice.
Cammeray also has a mixture of social focal points, including the ANZAC Club and the North Sydney Leagues Club. Cammeray Marina is on Cowdroy Avenue and fronts Long Bay. The Marina was established in 1890 and has been operated by the Rabbitts family for 2 generations. The Marina has long been popular with long stay international cruising yachts and has good protected deep water moorings.