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Fairfax walk

“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.


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 is available at North Head. 

Important info


1km (one-way)

Time suggested:

30 minutes each way



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:


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