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Fairfax walk

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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas


Updated: 17/04/2015 12:41 PM

“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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Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Alcohol Free zone until 28 February 2015 applies to all the park
Sydney Harbour National Park is an alcohol free zone until the 28th Feb 2015. Milk Beach and the Hermitage Foreshore are part of Sydney Harbour National Park and are therefore included in this alcohol free area. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
Locations affected: Clark Island, Middle Head, South Head, Hermitage Foreshore track, North Head, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre, Greycliffe Gardens, Bottle and Glass Point, Nielsen Park Cafe and Halbert Pavilion
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 for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: North Head, Collins Flat Beach
Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April 2015
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April 2015. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:

  • North Head, including the Quarantine Station
  • Middle Head
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Fairfax walk, Georges Head, Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat), Middle Head, Harbour Bridge to The Spit Bridge walking track, North Head, Collins Flat Beach, Cobblers Beach
Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage and Steele Point Cottage are currently unavailable for booking until further notice. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. For more information please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage

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