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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  • For the nature lovers, don't miss North head to Manly. Nice ride by bike from the center of Manly into this nature where the views are breathtaking. Marked trail where we meet at the top of the cliffs, here you see Watson Bay, at the bottom of the City. Q station on the return, a surprising place with a small beach.
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  • Walk through the parking lot on 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Shelly Beach, we walked to the Fairfax Lookout point. Observatory near Cliff landscape, far away on the other side, Sydney tower looks. Not blown away hats because strong winds;
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  • After visiting Q Station we left the parking lot and drove up to North Head for gorgeous views out over the harbor. Well worth the drive.  more »

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