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Spectacular sight of the harbour from North Head, Sydney Harbour National ParkSpectacular sight of the harbour from North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park

North Head Lookout

For a spectacular birds-eye view of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, make your way to North Head Lookout, just up the hill from Manly Beach.

Why go there

North Head Lookout allows you to enjoy magnificent views across Sydney Harbour, back towards Manly Cove and south, towards South Head.

A one kilometre-long paved pathway leads to the lookout, and includes interesting information about local plants and animals.

The site also has a rich military history; artillery batteries were established here to protect Sydney during the first and second world wars.

Don't miss

Sydney ferries on their journey between Manly and Circular Quay.

The sensory experience at North Head lookout - this can be overwhelming as the often blustery southern winds rush up over the sheer cliff face with salt laden winds.

Whale-watching from the lookout. Keep an eye out for whales on their annual migration along the coast of New South Wales.

Access for all

Mobility access throughout venue and toilets

The Fairfax Track is a 1km paved pathway leading from the car park to the lookout. The track is generally gently sloped, with the gradient of three short stretches varying between 1:9 - 1:12. There is access to the main viewing areas, but steps go down to the northern lookout. Parts of the western, southern and eastern lookouts along Fairfax walking track have been closed due to cliff instability.

Allow an hour to experience North Head. There are no accessible toilets in the park.

How to get there

Public transport

Take the ferry to Manly Wharf and then Sydney Buses Route 135 to the lookout. Check the availability of a low floor bus at Sydney Buses.

You should also advise Sydney buses of your destination as the bus doesn't always travel all the way to the lookout.

You can book a wheelchair accessible taxi by phoning 8332 0200.


Darley Road leads from Manly to North Head Scenic Drive. The parking area has two dedicated wheelchair-accessible parking spaces. Parking is ticketed.


View the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service North Head map.