North Head Sanctuary, Manly

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#5 of 26 in Wildlife in Greater Sydney
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
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 part of your personalized Manly itinerary using our Manly vacation planner.
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  • Walk over to Manly Beach, turn right and follow the path to shelly beach, then up onto the head and into the sanctuary. Absolutely stunning ocean views, and great wildlife. Carry on to the road, and t...  more »
  • We visited the North Head Sanctuary near Manly early July. We went to the Fairfax lookout trying to spot the whales but did not have any luck. However the ocean and the city views were very beautiful....  more »
  • I went in July and by being very patient, I SAW A WHALE. This made my whole trip! I was at the top of the lookouts, and even with the fencing up I was able to see down into the beautiful blue waters. ...  more »

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The range of accommodations in Manly caters to different budgetary needs, and offers a relaxed, cheerful alternative to the busy hotels and bed and breakfasts of cosmopolitan Sydney across the water. Many of the lodgings boast beachfront locations, within ideal walking distance of all the amenities on the Corso strip. With most of the hotels and bed and breakfasts so conveniently located, you'll be perfectly positioned for June's Manly Food and Wine Festival and October's International Jazz Festival, both attended by scores of tourists and locals--just be sure to reserve in advance.
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