Explore the gateway to Sydney Harbour on this walk around Manly and the North Head Sanctuary. Enjoy sweeping 360° coastal and bush views and feel a world away from the hustle of central Sydney, just 11kms across the water. Discover wartime relics hidden in the trees and journey through the land the Kameraigal and Kayimai people called home for thousands of years before European arrival.
Full Day North Head Walk, Manly - Sydney Harbour National Park
Expertly guided and fully catered, this full day walking tour is an eco-friendly way to escape the city and experience Sydney’s spectacular coastline. You’ll enjoy a relaxed, personalised experience with a good walking pace and easy camaraderie. Our experienced local guides will show you lesser-known spots and give you plenty of time to soak up your surroundings.
We recommend a reasonable level of fitness as you will walk up to 14km (9 miles) over 6.5 hours, including photo, rest and lunch breaks. There is some soft sand and uneven terrain, including stairs, gentle hills and loose rocks. For this reason, we recommend the walk for children older than ten years.
8:45am Meet at Circular Quay
9:00am Ride the famous ferry to Manly
9:30am Arrive Manly and begin walking
12:30pm Enjoy lunch with vast ocean and city views
3:45pm Ferry departs Manly
4:15pm Arrive Circular Quay
Come prepared to hike, wearing enclosed, supportive shoes. Hiking boots are preferable, trainers or joggers are fine.
You’ll occasionally brush up against plants near the trail so long pants are preferable to shorts. The Australian sun is very strong, even on cloudy days, so we recommend wearing a shirt with sleeves to protect your shoulders. We recommend wearing a hat and sunscreen all year-round.
In cooler weather, wear layers so you can take a layer off when you’re warm from walking, and add a layer when you’re cool from resting. Check Sydney’s weather forecast – you may need to bring a raincoat as your tour will go ahead even if it is raining.
You will need to bring, and carry, approximately 1-2 litres of water (more if the weather is hot). You will be provided with a goody bag containing fruit and snacks, which you will also need to carry. The guide will be carrying your lunch. Remember to let us know any dietary requirements at least 48 hours prior to departure.
* 1-2 litres drinking water
* Hat, sunscreen
* Raincoat or rainjacket if necessary
Circular Quay is at the foot of the central business district and it is walking distance from The Rocks. Buses depart here for Bondi and the eastern suburbs.
There is a major railway station at the quay, which is part of the underground “City Circle” line. The best way to plan your trip on public transport is via 131500.com.au. This online tool gives you detailed instructions from your hotel address, including any service delays. You can also phone the Transport Infoline on 131 500.
Circular Quay ferry wharf is located near the very centre of the city, meaning there is no free parking. The closest parking stations are Sydney Opera House and The Domain Car Park. For directions, try Google Maps. Punch in “Circular Quay Ferry Wharf, Sydney, New South Wales”.