Crows Nest is on Sydney’s lower North Shore, about 5km north of the CBD, in the local government area of North Sydney Council. It is a significant commercial district noted for its variety of shops and restaurants.
Crows Nest is centred on the junction of five main roads about 1km north by northwest of the original site of Crows Nest House. The Warringah Freeway runs along the northern border of Crows Nest, while the Pacific Highway is a major road along the western border.
One of the most popular landmarks is the Crows Nest Hotel, built in 1927. The suburb has a wide variety of shopping options, with a selection of niche and boutique shops along Willoughby Road and Pacific Highway. There are several cafes and restaurants, mainly on the Pacific Highway and Willoughby Road, including Thai, Indian, Italian and Chinese.
Crows Nest can be accessed by car, bus or by foot. There are also trains to nearby St Leonards Railway Station, a short walk from Crows Nest.
Schools include the Sydney Demonstration School and selective North Sydney Boys High School. Crows Nest is serviced by Royal North Shore Hospital and the private Mater Hospital.
The Crows Nest Community Centre offers several ongoing informal activities including yoga, tai chi, walking groups and Feldenkrais.