With its intricate lacework of tiny beaches and pocket-sized coves, Mosman is a neighbourhood of Sydney’s Lower North Shore where you can truly get away from it all.

Go snorkelling and diving in the waveless waters and you might spot some of Sydney Harbour’s elusive sea horses. If you like your critters cute and cuddly, your safest bet is Mosman’s zoo. Take the pace down a notch on Balmoral Beach, which has broad sands and a waterfront promenade lined with cafés and bars.