Beyond Killara’s stunning homes and leafy surroundings is a list of places with a ton of character and history. Let’s walk through the Killara we know and love.
A local institution, the chances of you not knowing about The Greengate Hotel are slim to none. The pub is a darling of North Shore thanks to its 190-year-old heritage and the versatility of its space. And it’s renowned for its annual Christmas Eve Party… will we see you there? The open and airy layout is perfect in these COVID-19 times when you want to hang out with mates during happy hour, have lunch with colleagues, spend the weekend with your family listening to live music over good food or host an event or function. And not to forget, the pub’s loved Tuesday Trivia nights are also happening every week!
The phrase all good things come in small packages rings true for East Killara’s The Tempted Tamper, a cosy joint serving up speciality coffee, all-day brekkie and lunch. Its menu highlights include the cafe’s famous stacks such as smashed avo with whipped feta, broccolini salsa on soy lineseed and roasted halloumi, homemade base, baby spinach, eggs on sourdough. If that’s not enough to entice you then the pulled pork Benedict, shakshuka or French toast with whipped vanilla ricotta, fresh seasonal berries, espresso caramel, toasted pistachio and crushed meringue should do the trick. For an on-the-go lunch grab one of its delish-looking wraps filled with tandoori chicken, basil pesto chicken, bulgogi or salmon. Oh and don’t forget, the cafe’s always supporting local artists so you might across some cool stuff to take back home.
Address: Shop8/50 Koola Ave, East Killara NSW 2071
Phone: 0413 187 335
What started as a home-based needlework among three friends in October 1976 has grown in strength over 40 years later. The Crewel Gobelin’s been at its current location – 9 Marian Street Killara – since 1996, offering all the perks of a speciality needle workshop, evolving with the taste of its customers. A visit to the store will take you to a colourful world of patterns and kits, threads, fabrics and laces to satisfy all of your embroidery needs. Although its workshops with local needlework tutors have been cancelled due to COVID-19, check with the shop to see when they’re resuming again.
Address: 9 Marian St, Killara NSW 2071
Phone: 02 9498 6831
The National Trust Shop in Killara is more than just a place to buy gifts — it’s part of a not-for-profit organisation that was first established to conserve historic Sydney architecture but has grown to include natural, Indigenous and cultural heritage in every state and territory. You can become a member, donate to the cause or volunteer to be part of something great. Otherwise, head into the shop to buy your nearest and dearest homewares, games, books and more this holiday season. You will fall in love with some of the designs there, including the Christmas cards!
Address: 15 Marian St, Killara NSW 2071
Phone: 02 9498 1229
Founded in 1899, the Killara Golf Club is one of Sydney’s most prestigious venues thanks to a stunning and highly-regarded golf course with trees all around, an understated elegance and old-fashioned service where you know you’ll be looked after. Although it’s a members-only club, it’s worth checking out in case you’re looking to invest in a weekday or weekend spot to escape the hubbub of daily life or host regular functions and events.
Address: 556 Pacific Hwy, Killara NSW 2071
Phone: 02 9498 2700
Passers-by may wonder why Killara’s Marian Street Theatre is abandoned, given its long history and importance to our community. The 280-seat venue was first constructed in 1906 as a hall before being turned into a theatre in 1965 to play a significant role as a cultural hotspot for North Shore. But, what you might not know is Ku-ring-gai Council is trying to work with the Save Marian Street Theatre Committee – a group of local residents and theatre lovers – to develop a plan for the venue’s future. This includes raising funds to upgrade the theatre to include multiple performance spaces, a creative learning centre, a theatrical rigging system and more. We would love nothing more than to see the plans come to fruition.
Address: 2 Marian St, Killara NSW 2071
Enquiries: 9420 4488