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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Manly Lagoon to North Head Walk

  • Harbour walk, Manly
  • Sydney Harbour National Park, Manly


The Great Coastal Walk

Enjoy panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the sweeping city skyline as you tread this great coastal walk. Taking in the beautiful sands and waters of Manly Beach and Shelly Beach, walk to the heath-covered North Head, the tremendous sandstone headland that dominates the entrance to Sydney Harbour.

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Manly Lagoon to North Head Walk

North Head, Sydney Harbour

Featuring beaches, cliffs, magnificent headlands and historic sites, this urban coastal loop is one of Sydney's most spectacular walking tracks.

Begin at the northern Queenscliff end of Manly Beach by Manly Lagoon, walk past the sweeping sand of the beach towards the beautiful inlet of Shelly Beach. From here the walk will take you into the bushland of Sydney Harbour National Park as you wind a gentle ascent onto North Head.

The Fairfax Walk at North Head offers spectacular views over Sydney Harbour Heads.  This paved track starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive and then loops around the top of North Head, passing the historic Q Station. There are three lookouts here which provide idyllic views of Sydney's waterways and cityscape. It is also a popular whale-watching location during the June - July and August - October migration seasons.

After completing the Fairfax walk, you can continue on through North Head Sanctuary. From here you can make your way back down to Manly and join the Manly Scenic Walkway, or take the Bluefish track back to Shelley Beach.

Download a free map of the walking trail from Manly Lagoon to Manly Wharf on Sydney's northern beaches. The map also includes a loop trail around North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park from where you can enjoy panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the sweeping city skyline.

Allow two hours to get from Manly Lagoon to North Head Scenic Drive. Public transport is readily available at regular intervals along the way, including the Manly Ferry which takes you back to the city centre.

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