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North Head Sanctuary

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Wow, what a view

A wonderful vista of Sydney Harbour and worth the winding drive to get there. Not much as to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
John L
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Magical gem, outstanding views and relatively quite

Our first visit to North Head Sanctuary and what a fantastically special surprise. The views from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia
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Manly, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 8969 2100
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A wonderful vista of Sydney Harbour and worth the winding drive to get there. Not much as to amenities however but this somewhat remote vista is still special. Your camera is essential. Bring your own water bottle and good walking shoes.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank John L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit to North Head Sanctuary and what a fantastically special surprise. The views from the many lookouts are spectacular, with the ones from the Fairfax lookout back towards the city the standouts. The memorial walk is very well done and a touching reminder...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 589rogerk
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

From the centre of Manly we took 2.5 hours to walk up to the North Head Sanctuary and return. There are steep stretches at the start and end of the walk but the rest is fairly flat. It’s an easy walk for anyone of reasonable...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Boondoggler
Reviewed 9 December 2018

Easy access and nearby, a neat little Italian restaurant ! Everything was walkable from the restaurant.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jmike715
Reviewed 28 November 2018

The North Head hike is 9.5km long. We took the ferry from the CBD to Manly and set out from there. Definitely wear hiking clothes, sneakers, hats, sunscreen and bring water. Best to also print a map because the start can be tricky, going through...More

Date of experience: November 2018
5  Thank thesuitcasey
Reviewed 13 October 2018

Our first visit to Oz was 15 years ago, great today to revisit same place with same folk including son who now lives here. Great views and today spring flowers and a new Visitor Centre.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Graham w
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Walking the North Head Sanctuary offers incredible views... and if you go at the right time like I did, you might even spit wine whales!!!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank barefootlouise
Reviewed 9 September 2018

The North Head Sanctuary offers such beautiful views that looks out over the Pacific Ocean, Sydney Harbor, and cliffs. To do the entire walk at a nice steady, leisurely pace, allow yourself at least 3 hours. Look out for many native lizards in the area,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mallory T
Reviewed 8 September 2018

The North Head Sanctuary and walks offer spectacular views of both the Pacific Ocean, Sydney Harbour and Sydney skyline as well as some fascinating wwII artillary fortifications and memorial walk. We walked from the Q Station back to the roundabout then onto the walking trail...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank misscandle
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We walked from Shelly Beach to North Head Sanctuary. Lots to see along the way. Friendly echidna walked across the track and lots of native flowers, birds and lizards. The views over the ocean amazing well worth the walk. The stone walls were huge so...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank markJ3584AP
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A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take
you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches
here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the
day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is
a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the
Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are
plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent
cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants
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30 November 2017|
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Response from sohaghossain | Reviewed this property |
No. But if you ae lucky you may see whale during the whale watching period.
Christine Y
28 July 2017|
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Response from Good_Partner | Reviewed this property |
you can find many spots with awesome views beside car park good for picnic. also, there is bench at lookout too.
3 September 2015|
Response from CockatooIsland | Property representative |
Hi Chanelle No the walk at North Head Sanctuary is free. Make sure you call into the visitor centre at Manly to collect a map and at the visitor centre at North Fort to learn about the history of the site. Enjoy your visit!