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PO Box 89
Manly NSW 1655
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ph: 02 8004 1969

Hello Manly. Booking and Information Centre

ph: 02 9976 1430
international: +61 2 9976 1430

located at Manly Wharf

Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 10am-4pm (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day)


Bella Vista Café


• Homemade traditional pasta
• Panini antipasti and snacks
• Premium coffee and pasticceria cakes
• Fresh juices and smoothies
• Delicious Aussie breakfast
• Liquor licenced

203/33 North Head Scenic Drive (corner of North Fort Road), Manly NSW 2095
phone +61 2 8966 9779

Fairfax Walk

This 1km walk connects three lookouts and takes about 20 minutes, but we recommend you allow plenty of time and bring a picnic — the views are amazing!

Ideal for families with children, the Fairfax Walk is also partially wheelchair accessible (some steps are required to access one of the viewing platforms). The short sealed circuit track starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive and loops around the top of North Head, offering dramatic cliff scenery looking out to the endless Pacific Ocean and majestic Sydney Harbour. This walk is also very popular with whale watchers during the migration season (from mid May through to November). Interpretive signs along the way provide information about the whales.

Food and drinks nearby: Bella Vista Café (see advert above)

Getting here: Bus #135 (3 times a day all the way to North Head)
By car: Darley Rd/North Head Scenic Drive (ticketed parking $4 flat rate, take coins)
Walk: Combine this walk with the Cabbage Tree and Gunners’ Walk (approx. 4–4.5 hours for the full loop) or walk up Darley Rd/North Head Scenic Drive (approx. 1 hour from Manly Wharf)
Bike: Manly Bike Tours hires bikes from $15, a reasonable level of fitness is recommended (steep road)


Forty Beans Café

fortybeansLocated opposite North Harbour Reserve and a short scenic walk around Forty Baskets Bay from Manly, Forty Beans Café is the only café on the Manly to Spit walk. The café offers a range of coffees, smoothies, gourmet rolls and salads. There are gluten free options as well as a healthy range of products for those who are watching what they eat. The cafés offerings are made on site using the highest quality ingredients. Forty Beans is a dog friendly café, pampering to our four legged friends.

2/11 Lower Beach St, Balgowlah NSW 2093

Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walk (Manly Scenic Walkway)

This walk is viewed by many as one of the most scenic harbour walking tracks in the world, it contrasts old and new Australia, taking you past modern harbour-side suburbs juxtaposed with Aboriginal sites, native coastal heath and pockets of sub-tropical rainforest. All flora, fauna, rock formations, Aboriginal sites and historic structures are protected. Dogs are not allowed in the National Park, however, there is an alternative dog route. The walkway is well signposted with various entry points and information boards along the way.

Manly to Spit Bridge: 3 – 4.5 hours (10km)
Manly to North Harbour Reserve: 30 minutes (1.6km)
Manly to Clontarf Reserve: 3.5 hours (7.2km)
Alternative Dog Route: 2 hours (7.2km)
Bus Manly to Spit (or reverse): 143, 144; Spit to Sydney (Wynyard) or Wynyard to Spit: 169, 178, 180

Highlights: The fishermen’s huts at Crater Cove, abandoned since the 1980s and the secluded Reef Beach, also known as ‘Pirates Camp’. Sydney is blessed to have some of the finest network of walking tracks in the world.

Food and drinks along the way: Forty Beans Café (see advert above)

For more details ask at the Manly Booking and Information Centre or find the map in the walking guide section of the Manly Guide.

North Head Sanctuary & Gunners’ Walk

This Walk takes from 1.5 to 2 hours, passing by the former School of Artillery buildings and exploring much of the heathland. Highlights include the many flowering plants, diverse birdlife, military remnants and views of the city, harbour and ocean.

North Head Sanctuary opened to the public in 2007

Previously a School of Artillery where Army gunners lived and trained, the sanctuary now includes a visitor centre and walking tracks to explore. The future of North Head Sanctuary lies in protecting the natural environment while adapting former military buildings for new uses that are sympathetic to the site and its history, such as for environmental research, education and recreation.

Take the trip to North Head and grab a copy of the self-guided tour brochure from the Gatehouse Visitors Centre. Alternatively you can find a detailed walking map of the Sanctuary in the map section of the Manly Visitors Guide or download it below.


Shelly Beach – Cabbage Tree Bay Coastal Walk

Starting at Manly Life Saving Club, South Steyne (at the southern end of Manly Beach) and following the stunning ocean foreshore to picturesque Shelly Beach, this walk is a Manly favourite. Gain an insight into Cabbage Tree Bay’s unique marine life, plants, animals, history and attractions by viewing the eco-sculptures at the Shelly Beach end of the walkway. These sculptures embrace the harmony and serenity of the surrounding natural beauty, each of them represents a special feature of Cabbage Tree Bay. Keep an eye out for water dragons basking in the sun.

This walk takes about 15 mins (30 mins from Manly Wharf), is flat and suitable for people of all ages and abilities.


Shelly Beach to North Head Sanctuary

Combine this walk with the Cabbage Tree Coastal walk to experience Manly’s diversity. Allow 1 hour from Shelly Beach (approx. 1.5 hours from Manly Wharf).

Rich in history, North Head was deemed a special place by the Aboriginal people. It is home to native animals including the locally endangered long-nosed bandicoot. Apart from amazing views and diverse flora and fauna, along the walk you will encounter a sandstone wall built in 1880 and WW2 gun placements.

At Shelly Beach, take the steps leading up to the car park at the top of Bower headland where several viewpoints overlook famous surf breaks and offer spectacular coastal views. Follow the track through Parkhill Reserve, past the “hole in the wall” and a “man-made lake”, a former quarry site. Stay right and cross Blue Fish Drive where a steel grid track leads to the North Head Sanctuary and the Gatehouse Visitor Centre.

From there you can take bus #135 back to Manly Wharf or continue to explore more of North Head Sanctuary (Gunners’ and Fairfax walk) or make your way back to Manly Wharf via Collins Beach (Spring Cove) and Little Manly (2 – 2.5 hrs).


The Eastern Hill Heritage Walk

This walk will take you through the lush streets of the Eastern Hill, where a history of planting and building has resulted in streets of native fauna and federation homes. Several beaches on its fringes can be visited.
The hill is a steep one, and there are some steps on the walk. See the Scenic Walkway map for a walking route (marked in light blue). Beginning at East Esplanade and finishing at South Steyne, the walk takes up to 3 hours. It may also be completed in sections:

• Finish at Little Manly Point (return via Wood St)
• South Steyne to Shelly Beach and return
• From Little Manly Point take a shortcut via Darley Rd
to St. Patrick’s Estate (ICMS)

More info about this and other heritage walks:
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