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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 23/11/2014 12:01 AM

“While you’re at North Head, be sure to check out its heritage sites and military fortifications.”

The Fairfax walk offers superb views and an enjoyable, gentle walk. This short paved track starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive and then loops around the top of North Head.

Its circuit connects three lookouts which provide the kinds of views you see on Sydney postcards. Look out over endless ocean or across the harbour to the CBD. 

The Fairfax walk is ideal for families with children and is partially wheelchair accessible. It’s also an exceptional walk for whale watchers during the June–July and August–October migration seasons.

If you’ve still got energy to burn after completing the Fairfax walk, you can continue on through North Head Sanctuary. From there, just wind your way back down to Manly and join the Manly Scenic Walkway or take the Bluefish track to Shelley Beach.

Take a virtual tour of Fairfax walk on Google Street View.

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Getting there

Getting there:

The Fairfax Walk starts at the North Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park.

To get there, take Sydney Road to Manly, then take Davley Road onto North Head Scenic Drive.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at North Head. 

Important info

Distance:

1km (one-way)

Time suggested:

30 minutes each way

Difficulty:

Easy

You should know:

  • North Head can be booked for weddings and photo shoots. Contact the park office for more information.
  • This track is part of Sydney's walking track network. For more information, visit the Walking Coastal Sydney website.

Wheelchair access:

Medium

Assistance may be required to access this area. There are steps down to the northern lookout, making it unsuitable for wheelchairs and strollers, however other lookouts are easily accessible.

Opening hours:

Vehicle access to the lookouts at North Head is available from 5am to 10pm every day.

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Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: North Head, Collins Flat Beach
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking. (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage
Gap Bluff Headland walking track closure
Some areas of Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to upgrade of viewing platforms and walking tracks. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Closed areas include Gap Bluff walking track, Gap Bluff, South Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact Harbour Area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed - Nielsen Park
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed following annual winter maintenance.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Sunday 23 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Sunday 23 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire

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Fairfax Lookout, Sydney harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan