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North Head Sanctuary

#4 of 53 things to do in Manly Features Animals
North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, Manly, New South Wales, Australia
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Fantastic walk when you take the ferry to Manly

Walk over to Manly Beach, turn right and follow the path to shelly beach, then up onto the head and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Colchester, United Kingdom
Beautiful View and wonderful tunnel tour

We visited the North Head Sanctuary near Manly early July. We went to the Fairfax lookout trying to... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
Mike L
Sydney, Australia
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North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, Manly, New South Wales, Australia

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Walked around North Head many times, beautiful place to spend some time However today we paid $7 each to have a tour of the tunnels. Really great tour and explanation to how they were used. Highly recommended to visit North Head, highly recommended to pay...More

2  Thank Nick M
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Visited with my husband on a cold rainy winters day, but still managed to enjoy ourselves! It was pretty quiet - not sure how busy it gets during Summer - the info centre has 2 hour free parking which is great. If you drive straight...More

Thank beachick14
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

What a gem!! Beautiful scenery, easy walking trails, well maintained and groomed grounds. Bustling with history dating back to the 1800s yet within sight of the CBD.

1  Thank Paul B
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.