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North Head Sanctuary Talking Object Tour at the Third Quarantine Cemetery.

North Head Sanctuary Talking Object Tour

Awaken history with our self-guided Talking Object Tour and speak directly to iconic objects about their incredible stories.

When you visit North Head Sanctuary in Manly, keep an eye out for our green "Hello" signs. As you chat with key objects, you'll learn about their place in Australia’s history as well as their significance for First Nations Peoples as well as  defence personnel, past and present.

Additionally, you'll receive helpful tips for your visit and have the chance to share your thoughts and provide feedback on your experience. Plus: Stick around to the end of any talking object conversation to find out how you can win a Cockatoo Island camping voucher worth up to $109 (T&Cs apply). So, what are you waiting for? Join the conversation today!

How it works

Eager to start a conversation? Anyone can speak to our talking objects – all you need is a mobile phone!

To chat to a talking object, simply follow these steps:

  1. Look out for our green "Hello" signs (see: talking object map).
  2. Scan the QR code on the sign or text the advertised phone number.
  3. Answer the object’s questions, provide your feedback and get to know each other.
  4. Once you’ve wrapped up your conversation, look out for other green "Hello" signs to awaken another object.

To bring this exciting initiative to life, we have partnered with smart city platform Hello Lamp Post.

Interactive map

North Head Sanctuary features 8 different talking objects. Use this interactive map to discover where they are!

Plan ahead

Planning to visit? Refer to the information below ahead of your trip.

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For your own safety, and to protect the park’s flora and fauna, please remain on the dedicated walking or bike tracks when exploring the bushland and observe the following rules, enforceable by our rangers:

Conditions of entry: Do not feed wildlife or bring dogs and other pets; only use bikes on designated bike tracks; do not litter or dump rubbish; do not camp overnight; do not erect gazebos or marquees (without a permit); do not operate remote-controlled vehicles (including drones); do not smoke, light fires or use portable barbeques; remain on dedicated bush tracks; do not play amplified music (without a permit) or create excessive noise; do not undertake commercial activities (without a permit); do not hold private functions (without a permit); do not disturb plants, soil and rocks; do not climb walls, fortifications, sculptures or cliffs; do not ride or use skateboards, roller-skates, in line skates or similar equipment on Harbour Trust land. For further information, see: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (SHFT) Regulations 2021

Animals: No animals, except for assistance animals (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992), are permitted to access Harbour Trust land at North Head which includes North Head Sanctuary.

Total fire bans: In the event of a total fire ban, tracks and trails will be closed for the public’s safety (penalties apply). For more information, dial 1800 679 737 for the NSW Rural Fire Service’s bush fire information line.

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North Head Sanctuary is patrolled by rangers from 8am to 4pm and by security personnel from 4pm and 8am. In the event of an emergency, dial 000 or 112 if mobile reception is poor. To contact a ranger during an emergency, call 0434 652 152 (8am to 4pm). Alternatively, to contact a security officer, call 0433 631 689 (4pm to 8am).

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Our visitor centre and carpark offer wheelchair access as well as accessible parking and toilets. Please keep in mind that North Head Sanctuary is a natural environment with uneven surfaces and that some walking tracks include stairs and medium inclines. There is a bike rack outside the visitor centre.

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Parking is available in marked spaces at North Head Sanctuary. Check signage for any fees or time limits. Subject to sign-posted time limits, parking is free of charge for motorcycles and drivers with Mobility Scheme Permits. Parking permits issued by Northern Beaches Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are not valid in Harbour Trust parking areas.

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By car: From Manly, follow Darley Road onto North Head Scenic Drive and pass through the stone archway and Q Station roundabout. Continue for approx. 2km and turn left at North Fort to arrive at our visitor centre and carpark.

By bus: The 161 bus service runs from Manly Wharf to North Head. For public transport information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

Helpful links

Want to learn more about North Head Sanctuary or speak to objects at our other destinations? Here are some useful links.