In 1789, HMS Sirius was careened at Mosman Bay, also known by some as Great Sirius Cove. Since then, Mosman Bay has been associated in the history books and the minds of locals with Australia's maritime legacy.
According to a chronology from Mosman Council, Mosman Bay has acted variously as a site for whaling and overhauling ships.
Visiting Mosman Bay today, there is little indication of the maritime history, but at various points along the 8 kilometer pathway, there are various historical relics. At Bradley's Head, there is a gun emplacement. Also along the track is a memorial to all those vessels that have been named HMAS Sydney.
Apart from the historical interest, the Mosman Bay peninsula is spotted with harbour beaches: encompassing Balmoral, Cobblers Beach, and Obelisk Beach. It is probably Balmoral that is the most famous beach on the lower North Shore. With a Rotunda that regularly hosts Shakespeare on the Green and Shakespeare by the Sea evenings, and in close proximity to the cafe culture of Mosman, Balmoral is a restful place to take in the views of Sydney Harbour.
Following the foreshore walk, you will soon come upon Harnett Park - an area that is ideal for a moment of restfulness and the sight of bush-land areas. For anyone not as taken by natural or historical landmarks, Mosman Bay is conveniently located in close proximity to the more commercial area of Mosman, with various clothing and home wares shops for your perusal.