Fairfax lookout, North Head

Sydney Harbour National Park


With panoramic views across the iconic Sydney Harbour, Fairfax lookout, North Head, near Manly, is an ideal venue hire option. You and your guests can take in the seemingly never-ending water views from the clifftops while enjoying a relaxed event.

Venue is suitable for
Wedding ceremonies
Maximum people: 120
7 days a week, except 26th & 31st Dec and 1st & 26th Jan

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

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

The heath-covered clifftops at North Head reveal unending ocean views and a spectacular panorama of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney CBD 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.

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. 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

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/north-head/local-alerts

General enquiries

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.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour islands. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Venue info

All the practical information you need to know about Fairfax lookout, North Head.

Getting there and parking

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    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    Parking in designated areas only. Visitors risk incurring fines for parking or driving in non-designated areas. Parking spaces can't be reserved for guests.

    Public transport

    Bus services stop near this venue. Contact the Transport Information Line on 131500 for more information.


    This venue has limited facilities:

    • All rubbish must be taken with you when you leave.
    • BBQs - you can bring a portable gas bbq that is fitted with a fat drip tray.

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Venue hire fees may apply to certain bookings. For more information, email the Events and Venues Unit or phone (02) 9585 6570.

    Safety messages

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


    Disability access level - medium

    Assistance may be required to access this area.



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Views over Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan