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North Head

Important information

Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas, upcoming closed areas


Updated: 29/07/2014 08:38 PM

“Sunset from North Head is on my list of ways to impress my overseas visitors. They simply can’t believe how beautiful it is.”

The heath-covered clifftops at North Head reveal unending ocean views and a spectacular panorama of the harbour and Sydney skyline. Situated on the northern-most edge of the harbour within sight of Hornby Lighthouse on South Head, it’s a relaxing ferry ride from Circular Quay. One of those things to do when visiting Sydney, it’s near to Manly, and a great day trip for locals and tourists alike.

If you’re feeling adventurous, North Head has some of Sydney's best boat diving sites and is especially popular for drift dives. Explore the remains of historic shipwrecks and perhaps glimpse common sea dragons and the rarer red Indian fish in the sheltered harbour waters. If your exploration is on foot, try the easy Fairfax walk.

The ghost tour of historic Quarantine Station is a must-do. If you’re feeling like a special treat, stay the night at Q Station, where you can enjoy a long lazy lunch on the terrace.

North Head is also a great spot to enjoy the famous Sydney fireworks on New Years Eve. Far from the hectic city crowds, North Head is a fantastic place to count down the new year in style.


Getting there

Getting there:

By car:

North Head is located on North Head Scenic Drive, off Darley Road in Manly. The site is five minutes drive from Manly and 30 minutes drive from the city.

By ferry:

Catch a ferry from Circular Quay wharf to Manly wharf. From there, take the 135 bus to North Head Q Station.

Get driving directions


Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Important info


  • Cafe/kiosk
  • Carpark
  • Lookout
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point
  • Venue

You should know:

  • The ‘pay and display’ machines accept cards as well as cash
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and some water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch
  • Strong rips and currents may be present in the water – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Please see the OEH website for information on venue hire

Wheelchair access:


Assistance may be required to access this area.

Opening hours:

North Head (beyond the roundabout turnoff for Q Station) is:

  • open 6am – 8pm (Monday – Sunday)


National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 Parks for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)
Mosman, Phone: 02 9960 6266

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Bradleys Head improvement works (Ends Friday 22 August)

Work is being undertaken to improve access from the lower carpark and toilets to the mast and headland. During this period we ask visitors to follow signage and verbal directions from the work team. Walkers may experience minor delays or detours around the track whilst improvement works are in progress.
Locations affected: Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre
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

upcoming closed areas

Closed areas: North Head, Middle Head, Georges Head and Bradleys Head from sunset to sunrise (Wednesday 30 July)Pest management activities are being conducted throughout the normal park closure period of sunset to sunrise Wednesday 30 11 July 2014. Please abide by all Park Signage.
Locations affected: Georges Head, Military relics at Bradleys Head, Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat), Middle Head, Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, Athol Hall, North Head, Collins Flat Beach, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre, Obelisk Beach, Cobblers Beach, North Head Sanctuary carpark, North Head carpark, Ashton Park

North Head hero, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan