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North Head Sanctuary

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North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, Manly, New South Wales, Australia
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Stunning Location

Haven't been here for a long time. The walks are easy and the views are stunning - out to the ocean... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kim H
Forster, Australia
Great Views

Did a one hike around the sanctuary. The paths are easy to follow, and the views are outstanding... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, Manly, New South Wales, Australia

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Haven't been here for a long time. The walks are easy and the views are stunning - out to the ocean and of Sydney skyline. The Memorial Walk is a recent well thought out tribute to those men and women who kept Sydney Harbour safe...More

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did a one hike around the sanctuary. The paths are easy to follow, and the views are outstanding. If you have time to kill when in Manly, I would suggest that you take this walk.

Thank ChRoux
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a ferry to Manly from Circular Quay and then a bus from Manly to Q Station and then walked to North Head Lookout. Great views! We learnt that there is a bus that takes you one step further than Q Station but it...More

Thank sueellen2
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Walk over to Manly Beach, turn right and follow the path to shelly beach, then up onto the head and into the sanctuary. Absolutely stunning ocean views, and great wildlife. Carry on to the road, and there is a bus stop back down to Manly...More

Thank MASBuk
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We visited the North Head Sanctuary near Manly early July. We went to the Fairfax lookout trying to spot the whales but did not have any luck. However the ocean and the city views were very beautiful. At the Visitor Centre we joined a North...More

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 14 July 2017

I went in July and by being very patient, I SAW A WHALE. This made my whole trip! I was at the top of the lookouts, and even with the fencing up I was able to see down into the beautiful blue waters. Whale spotting...More

Thank Grace A
Reviewed 13 July 2017

What a track to have a short walk near Sydney's busy location. Take the ferry to Manly and then the bus to the northhead sanctuary. Then take the walk. You will not regret the walk of only around 30 mins. If you visit the place...More

Thank sohaghossain
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Had a lovely couple of hours walking around the North Head Sanctuary - lots of places of historic interest and many stunning lookouts. It was July but there was a good smattering of flowers including some Flannel Flowers. A couple of options for a cuppa...More

Thank faysie2015
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed an interesting day trip to Manly, which included a walk to and around North Head Sanctuary. There are lots of things to see and it is wonderful to have such a tract of land in the middle of Australia's most hectic city. The...More

Thank TWal1
Reviewed 26 June 2017

A top vantage point for onshore whale watching. Plenty of rangers and volunteers on hand to point out the park wildlife. They are preserving the local penguin population, the bandicoots and are fighting ( sucessfully ) the feral fox problem. Well done NPWS.

Thank mastermuzz
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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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!
6 June 2015|
Response from CockatooIsland | Property representative |
Yes the walk is safe to do on your own. call into the Visitor Centre at North Fort for information about the site.