The North Head Lookout sits atop the pretty cliffs of North Head, which open out onto uninterrupted sea views and incredible scenery. Set just outside of Sydney City near Manly, it’s the perfect day trip for those looking to explore the wilder side of the region.
From the top track, you can look out at the coastal headland, which is only a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. You can see Hornby Lighthouse from the top, as well as the picturesque skyline of Sydney itself.
There are plenty of things to do around the North Head Lookout, too, whether you’re searching for a relaxing day by the beach or an adventurous exploration of the landscape.
For the more adventurous travellers, North Head has some of the best boat diving sites in Sydney, especially if you’re looking for drift dives. Here, you can explore the remains of the historic shipwrecks that dot the coast and get up close and personal with the colourful underwater world.
If you prefer to explore by foot, there are plenty of walks to get stuck into. The easy Fairfax walk is a firm favourite with visitors, which takes you along the coastal path and exposes you to some of the best views in the area.
Perhaps one of the most exciting things to do in the area is to spot the migrating whales as they elegantly swim by in winter. If you’re lucky, you might also be able to spot a pod of dolphins or two while you’re at it.
The wildlife on land is equally as fascinating, with numerous bird species calling the area home. From the Lookut, you can spot some of the 90 species that reside in the Murramarang National Park, including sea eagles and peregrine falcons.
Relax at the Beach
North Head boasts some incredible beaches. After soaking up the views and the wildlife, you can kick back and relax on the pristine sands with a book or a drink, and enjoy an afternoon by the sea.
How to Get to North Head Lookout
If you’re taking public transport, you can get the ferry to Manly Wharf before hopping on the 135 Sydney bus route which takes you straight to the Lookout.
Alternatively, if you drive, there is a paid parking area by the Lookout which is signposted along the road from Manly to North Head – the drive there is particularly scenic.