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Fairfax lookout, North Head

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Fairfax walk upgrades

Fairfax walk at North Head is being upgraded. This work is scheduled for completion in April 2023. Access to this area is restricted with closures to the Fairfax carpark and Fairfax walk. North Head Scenic Drive and the carparks near the Bella Vista café are open. Find out more about the infrastructure improvements we're making at North Head.

Celebrate your next event in style and enjoy panoramic vistas across iconic Sydney Harbour at Fairfax lookout, North Head. Located near Manly, the lookout boasts seemingly never-ending water views, making it one of Sydney's most popular outdoor venues.

Venue is suitable for
Wedding ceremonies
Maximum people: 20

$760 for a 3 hour booking. Additional time may be requested at extra charge.

7 days a week, except 23rd and 31st December and 1st and 26th January

To make a booking or for more information, please email the NPWS Events Team or phone (02) 9585 6570.

Other Information
This venue is also suitable for commercial and public events such as small live performances and product launches.

The heath-covered clifftops at North Head reveal unending ocean views and a spectacular panorama of Sydney Harbour and the 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 or bus trip from Manly Wharf. You can also reach North Head from Quarantine Station.

With such an impressive backdrop, it’s no wonder that North Head, near Manly, is one of Sydney’s most popular outdoor venues. Indeed, it’s the perfect spot to host a variety of events.

If you and your guests are feeling adventurous, North Head also offers 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. Or if you prefer to explore the area on foot, you can follow the easy Fairfax walk.

As a perfect end to your special day, you and your partner can indulge in a romantic overnight stay at the nearby Q Station, where you can enjoy a sleep-in and late breakfast on the terrace the next day. If you’re up for more adventure in the evening before you leave, the ghost tour of the historic Quarantine Station is a must-do.

North Head is also a great spot to enjoy the famous Sydney fireworks on New Year’s Eve and is historically a favourite spot to watch the start of the Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. Far from the hectic city crowds, North Head is a fantastic place to count down the new year in style.

For directions, safety and practical information, see venue info

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Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

    Buy annual pass
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