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Fairfax Track

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published October 21st 2018
The Fairfax Track is a walk on North Head in Manly that provides remarkable views across Sydney Harbour, including those from Fairfax Lookout. It was these views that brought me here, but, as I've learnt, they're not actually the only reason to visit.

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Fairfax Lookout offers what I think is one of the best views in Sydney.


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Looking across the entrance to Sydney Harbour towards South Head.


In addition to offering awesome views, the Fairfax Track is also a really good place to go whale-watching, as you can see out to the ocean from multiple points along the walk. Humpback and Southern Right whales pass by twice a year, heading north in June and July, and back south to the Antarctic between August and October.

As well as the views the walk also passes a small, but historically significant building. It was built in 1920 and served as a gunning placement and bunker for those who kept watching over Sydney Harbour during WWII. If you're interested in learning more about the area's military history, I recommend also visiting North Fort, also on North Head, which was once an army base and now offers 70 minute weekend tours exploring the base and its underground tunnels.

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The gunning placement and bunker on North Head.


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As you can see you're able to go inside the bunker.


The Fairfax Track begins and ends at the car park at the end of North Head Scenic Drive, taking the form of a mostly flat, sealed loop that's 762m long. Fairfax Lookout is even wheelchair accessible.

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There are great views from so many parts of the walk.


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You can see north from the walking track too.


As well as North Fort, you'll also find Q Station up on the headland. There are other walks too, like the Shelly Beach to Barrack Precinct Walk. A loop of the headland is even included as a detour from the from the Manly Scenic Walkway, a 19.5km trek from Spit Bridge to Manly (a longer version of the 10km walk that used to end at Manly wharf).

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Another view across the harbour, this time from a car park on North Head Scenic Drive.
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Why? For its accessible views across Sydney Harbour, of for a spot of history and whale-watching
When: Vehicle access is from 5am to 10pm every day
Where: The walk starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive, which is on North Head in Manly
Cost: Entry to the park is free, but parking will cost you $5
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