North Head Sanctuary

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Right in Manly's backyard is North Head Sanctuary - Sydney's secret getaway. There are over 10 kilometres of easy walking tracks to explore.

Start at Shelley Beach and walk through bushland with superb harbour views before finishing at the spectacular Fairfax Lookout.

History buffs should visit North Fort, which was integral to Sydney's defence in World War II. Take a fascinating 45 minute guided tour through North Fort's World War Two tunnels and gun emplacements.

Afterwards, discover Australia's Memorial Walk, which commemorates Australia's involvement in conflicts around the world over the last 150 years. Or wander through the Third Quarantine Cemetery where over 240 people were buried between 1881-1919.

Stop for refreshments at Bella Vista Cafe, open seven days a week.

North Fort Tours are held every Sunday, bookings are Sundays onsite only.


  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Sight-seeing
  • Walking
  • Bird-watching
  • Photography


  • Walking trails
  • Bike trails
  • Lookouts
  • Car park
  • Cafe
  • Toilets

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for the most up to date information.
  • Ensure you observe all safety signs. Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Wear suitable footwear and always ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements when exploring Australia.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough snacks and water for your journey.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Fees may apply. See parks website for more details.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife.
  • Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but memories.

Photo & content credits: Harbour Trust

Location & Supplier

North Head Sanctuary

Address: North Head Sanctuary, Manly, New South Wales 2095

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