North Head Lookouts

By Manly Community Forum
Published in Parks and Reserves
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The loop road beyond Bella Vista Cafe has been closed off and work has started to reconfigure the main carparks and rebuild the cliff top lookouts. The original Fairfax lookouts have been closed for several years due to their position on the edge of unstable sandstone cliffs. The new ones will be set back from the edge and stylishly redesigned to increase viewing and seating area and will better fit the surrounding landscape.

To connect with Country, the name of Burragula has been suggested for the southern lookout. The word acknowledges the long-nosed bandicoot and its association with burragula (sunset), the time of the day when it is most often observed. The view from this lookout is the vista of Sydney Harbour and the distant CBD. Artists’ impressions below

artists impression north head lookout burragula 2

Yiningma, meaning a cliff edge, has been suggested for the northern lookout. From here visitors can look back at the sheer cliff face, as well as out to the horizon over the ocean. National Parks and Wildlife Service, which is responsible for the site, worked with local architects CHROFI and Aboriginal consultancy Bangawarra to generate the designs. The Fairfax track and the new lookouts will be fully accessible and disabled parking will be provided at the track entrance. The carparks near Bella Vista Cafe will be reduced in size to provide space for visitors to sit and enjoy the harbour view. More accessible parking spaces will be provided, as well as pedestrian crossings and a pedestrian path. Work on the carparks and track should be completed by early next year, with construction of the new lookouts to follow. For more information



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