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North Head Sanctuary – Status of walks and tracks following burn

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On 17 and 18 October, a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service hazard reduction burn at North Head in Manly breached its containment lines and burnt a significant part of the headland.

While it appears there has been no damage to Harbour Trust buildings, there has been significant damage to the local flora and fauna as well as many of the bush paths.

The Harbour Trust is working with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Fire and Rescue NSW to ensure public safety, and with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy to understand the impact on the environment. 

The Harbour Trust will now take immediate steps to help in the recovery of the local flora and fauna.

Visitor access to North Head Sanctuary (December 2021)

The public areas of North Head Sanctuary have largely reopened as have neighbouring land at North Head managed by the NSW National Parks. The following exceptions apply:

  • The Hanging Swamp remains closed.
  • Although Fairfax Walking Track is accessible to the public, temporary fencing is in place to ensure public safety and support vegetation to regenerate.
  • Fairfax lookout will remain closed until the NPWS has repaired the fences and made the area safe. Visitors are advised not to enter the closed lookout area and keep to paths.

  • North Head Sanctuary – Closures Map (pdf)