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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 captured with Google Street View Trekker.
About the region
Sydney Harbour National Park protects islands and foreshore around Sydney Harbour. Explore Sydney's history on a school excursion or guided tour to enjoy coastal walks, picnics and swimming. Sydney Harbour National Park protects a number of islands and foreshore areas around one of the world's most famous harbours. The park is home to superb swimming spots, bushwalking tracks and picnic areas, which offer a huge range of activities that will have you coming back again and again.
See native wildlife living in rare pockets of bushland once common around Sydney, or take a fascinating walk to explore the park's cultural history. You'll see everything from convict-built buildings and military fortifications to Aboriginal sites and a heritage lighthouse. And with the harbour's staggering coastline creating an endless natural lookout, the park's jaw-dropping views simply have to be seen to be believed. If you're at one of the park's lookouts during winter, be sure to keep a lookout for whales on their annual migration north.
To North Head Scenic Drive carpark. The Fairfax Walk starts at the North Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park.To get there, take Sydney Road to Manly, then take Darley Road onto North Head Scenic Drive. Park entry points North Head Scenic Drive carpark See on map Parking Parking is available at North Head.
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.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.