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Have your say: North Head Sanctuary

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Located at the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour, North Head / Car-rang-gel in Manly, is one of Australia’s most spectacular landmarks...

This treasured public destination has significant ties to First Nations culture and Australia’s military history, and hosts some of the nation's most precious natural ecosystems.

In 2020, the Harbour Trust had a conversation with the community about their values and aspirations for North Head Sanctuary. Community aspirations spanned themes of preservation and conservation for the natural environment, Indigenous culture and military history.

Informed by these collective aspirations, the Harbour Trust has released a Draft Concept that proposes signature initiatives aimed at preserving, restoring and reinterpreting North Head Sanctuary as an invaluable community destination.

The Harbour Trust is now seeking to continue its conversation with the community to understand the level of support and additional feedback for the proposed initiatives. Opportunities to have your say include completing an online survey (further below). Further, you can view a recording of a recent webinar on the Draft Concept. Feedback on the Draft Concept can also be posted to the Harbour Trust (PO Box 607, Mosman NSW 2088).  Consultation closes 5pm on 11 June 2021. 


Have your say

Opportunities to have your say on the Draft Concept or learn more about the proposed initiatives are detailed below...

Register for our walkshop on 8 June (BOOKED OUT)

The Harbour Trust is hosting a walkshop at North Head Sanctuary in Manly on Tuesday 8 June. Running 10:30am to 12:30pm, this interactive session is an opportunity to discuss the Draft Concept for North Head Sanctuary, visit spaces at North Head / Car-rang-gel that are addressed by this early vision, and provide feedback to the Harbour Trust.

Our upcoming walkshop has booked out. To be the first to hear about future walkshops at this treasured public destination in Manly, join the waitlist…

Visitor Centre North Fort North Head Sanctuary 710X480
Complete our online survey (1 May to 11 June)

The easiest way to provide feedback on North Head Sanctuary, including the Draft Concept, is to complete our online survey. Your contribution will help us shape the future of this important place.

The Harbour Trust will also accept hardcopy submissions that are received by 5pm on Friday 11 June. These submissions can be sent to:

Harbour Trust
PO Box 607
NSW 2088

All submissions received will be treated as public documents. People with special needs may contact (02) 8969 2100 for assistance accessing the documentation.

Image: An artist's impression of a proposed accessible path network and native garden

Register for a virtual workshop (18 May to 1 June)

Between 18 May and 1 June, we will be hosting a series of one-hour virtual workshops. These interactive sessions are an opportunity for attendees to share their thoughts and insights on the future of North Head Sanctuary and provide feedback on the Harbour Trust's Draft Concept. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Virtual workshops are being run on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 18 May (12:30pm to 1:30pm)
  • Wednesday 19 May (6pm to 7pm)
  • Monday 24 May (12:30pm to 1:30pm)
  • Tuesday 1 June (5pm to 6pm)

Image: An artist's impression of the Barracks Precinct

First Nations Community Consultation

The First Nations Community is invited to have their say on North Head/Car-rang-gel including the Draft Concept for North Head Sanctuary. Opportunities to provide feedback include taking a survey, submitting an ‘expression of interest’ for a one-on-one interview and attending one of the following yarning sessions (registration essential):

  • Yarning session #1 (Wednesday 26 May) – Redfern Community Centre (29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern)
  • Yarning session #2 (Wednesday 2 June) – Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (35 Harvey St, Little Bay)
  • Yarning session #3 (Thursday 3 June) – North Head Sanctuary (Building 44, Barracks Precinct Scenic Drive, Manly)
Attend a pop-up community feedback session

A series of pop-up community feedback sessions will be held at popular community hubs between 15 May and 29 May. Come and have a conversation...

  • Pop-up #1 – North Fort, North Head Sanctuary (10:30am to 12pm, 15 May)
  • Pop-up #2 – School of Artillery, North Head Sanctuary (2:30pm to 4pm, 20 May)
  • Pop-up #3 – Friday markets, The Rocks (4pm to 5:30pm, 28 May)
  • Pop-up #4 – Manly marketplace, Manly Corso (10am to 11:30am, 29 May)*

*Please Note: The organisers of the Manly Marketplace have advised the public to check their Facebook or Instagram pages for updates if it is windy or rainy as the Saturday market may not proceed in poor weather. 

Webinar video

During a webinar on Monday 10 May, speakers presented on the Draft Concept and discussed the considerations that went into this early vision for North Head Sanctuary...

Interactive map

For a high-level view of the Draft Concept, interact with our map of North Head Sanctuary...

View the Draft Concept and take our online survey
The online survey, which is available at, will close at 5pm on 11 June 2021.
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Helpful links

Learn more about North Head / Car-rang-gel in Manly...