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North Head Sanctuary

#4 of 51 things to do in Manly Features Animals
North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, Manly, New South Wales, Australia
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North head tunnels, fantastic

Walked around North Head many times, beautiful place to spend some time However today we paid $7... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Nick M
Frenchs Forest, Australia
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Beautiful harbour views!

Visited with my husband on a cold rainy winters day, but still managed to enjoy ourselves! It was... read more

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

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Reviewed 6 days ago 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

1  Thank Nick M
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking among the rough cliffs, watching the crying waves fighting there way into Sydney's waterways.

Thank Henk W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the views and that the walk wasn't too long or difficult for our young children, but when we got to the "lookouts" they were all fenced off and under repair, which was disappointing after we'd paid full price for parking fees. It was...More

Thank Sayward S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great little find this place was! A tour of the world war 2 gun emplacements & tunnel systems with our guide "Ross" who was very knowledgeable & made for a very informative & pleasant 1.5 hour tour! I lived in Sydney for 40...More

2  Thank Nash H
Reviewed 18 May 2017

A Walk through the national park at North Head Sanctuary is one of the most enjoyable of any in Australian cities. Spectacular views of the ocean and heads are provided by several lookout platforms. But these are by no means the only or even primary...More

1  Thank dallitt
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Great views, good restaurant with great food also open daily. Can take a bus if you don't have transport. Great area for walking.

Thank 1234Col
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Beautiful scenery, not very busy at all so it's a very calm environment. Would recommend to anyone visiting Sydney.

Thank Skye S
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Great way to spend a day, walks are all low to medium level. Breathtaking views at each look out. The place has some wildlife too, specially birdlife and if you are lucky and go in the right season will spot some. Its also has whale...More

Thank NSolanky
CockatooIsland, Manager at North Head Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Hi NSolanky, thanks for your great feedback. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to North Head Sanctuary. We're sorry to hear your previous experience to Bella Vista Cafe was not as you had expected. We generally receive fantastic reviews for them...More

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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Do you have to pay to go on this walk?
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!
Just wondering if it is safe to do this walk by myself? Looks amazing! Thank you
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.
Catherine D
North Fort Tour - is it suitable for an 8 and 12 year old child? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks
14 April 2015|
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Response from CockatooIsland | Property representative |
Hi Catherine Yes the tour is suitable for children, it is 70 minutes long, but very interesting. The tour starts from North Fort, which is located off North Head Scenic Drive, behind the Bella Vista cafe and they start at... More