North Head Sanctuary, Manly

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Choose from a number of walks and self-guided tours at North Head Sanctuary, home to a delicate system of native flora and fauna. Steeped in history and culture, this site has long been considered a special place for Aboriginal Australians. The sanctuary’s rugged sandstone cliffs provide unobstructed views of the city’s skyline and are a popular spot for observation and contemplation. A picturesque setting for picnics, the sanctuary also includes a small café, open for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea. Be sure to visit the convenient Gatehouse Visitor Center to pick up maps of the area, and to enjoy a range of free family-friendly activities. Make North Head Sanctuary a centerpiece of your Manly vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Manly online attractions planner .
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  • This is a great way to get an idea of what sydney was like before it was settled. Stunning scenic coastal vista's and lots of wildlife. I saw an echidna, numerous birds and two bearded dragons. A grea...  more »
  • I walked up from Manly (got the 135 bus back), walked around the "sanctuary" bit on some raised platforms amid interesting bush - not much info there but a few lookouts and the old cemetery - and then...  more »
  • Living in Colorado it takes a lot to impress me for a hike outdoors. Nice walk up from Manly Beach, past Shelly Beach and up into North Head. Nice walk with a few nice views. Cliff views to the Pacifi...  more »

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