Wheelchair access: medium
Assistance may be required to access this area.
The heath-covered clifftops at North Head reveal unending ocean views and a spectacular panorama of the harbour and Sydney skyline. Situated on the northern-most edge of the harbour within sight of Hornby Lighthouse on South Head, it’s a relaxing ferry ride from Circular Quay. One of those things to do when visiting Sydney, it’s near to Manly, and a great day trip for locals and tourists alike.
If you’re feeling adventurous, North Head has some of Sydney's best boat diving sites and is especially popular for drift dives. Explore the remains of historic shipwrecks and perhaps glimpse common sea dragons and the rarer red Indian fish in the sheltered harbour waters. If your exploration is on foot, try the easy Fairfax walk.
The ghost tour of historic Quarantine Station is a must-do. If you’re feeling like a special treat, stay the night at Q Station, where you can enjoy a long lazy lunch on the terrace.
North Head is also a great spot to enjoy the famous Sydney fireworks on New Years Eve. Far from the hectic city crowds, North Head is a fantastic place to count down the new year in style.
Other purpose of venue: lookout
Getting there: By car:
North Head is located on North Head Scenic Drive, off Darley Road in Manly. The site is five minutes drive from Manly and 30 minutes drive from the city.
Catch a ferry from Circular Quay wharf to Manly wharf. From there, take the 135 bus to North Head Q Station.
Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.
Parking: Parking in designated areas only. Visitors risk incurring fines for parking or driving in non-designated areas. Parking spaces cannot be reserved for guests.
When this venue is available
This venue is not available for exclusive use. 5am - 8pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and Australia Day.
Events this venue is suitable for
- Wedding ceremonies (max 120 people)
General facilities: cafe/kiosk, lookout, picnic tables, flush toilets, trackhead/access point, venue
Venue facilities: carpark
Venue fees: Wedding ceremony consent fee: $550
- Commercial wedding photography. Commercial photographers are required to register for small-scale photography.
- Non-amplified music.
- Personal public address system (for celebrant).
- Chairs. Maximum 15; chairs must have continuous or rail type legs to avoid piercing the turf.
- Table for signing the wedding certificate.
Not permitted here:
- Pegging or staking items into the ground.
- Amplified/loud music and/or public address systems.
- Candles or other open flames.
- Butterfly releases.
- Confetti, rice, petals or similar.
- Domestic animals.
- Vines and other exotic plant material.
- Roping off areas or signs re exclusive event.
- Depositing ice or iced water on grassed areas.
Tickets must NOT be sold for any event, regardless of whether it is for profit, cost recovery or charity purposes.
The Area Manager reserves the right to assign an NPWS supervisor to any event at any time. If supervision is required an additional charge will apply.
The HIRER shall not transfer, assign, sub-let or sub-hire this site.
When in force, total fire bans apply to events.
All rubbish must be removed at the conclusion of the event or penalties will be imposed.
All corporate or commercial clients must provide Public Liability Insurance of not less than $10 000 000 indemnifying NPWS. Evidence of this policy must be provided with the return of the signed consent.
Bookings, payments and refunds
Booking is essential. A completed application form and payment of the consent fee is required within 14 days of booking otherwise the booking will be automatically cancelled. A consent requiring the signature of the HIRER will be issued. The signed consent document is to be returned no later than six (6) weeks prior to the date of the event.
In lieu of a security deposit NPWS (OEH) reserves the right to charge post event fees for any damages, or failure to comply with all conditions as specified in the consent.
- cheque or money order – payable to the Office of Environment and Heritage
greater than six (6) weeks prior to the date of the booking, 50% of the consent fee will be given
less than six (6) weeks prior to the date of the booking, no refund is given.
Wet weather cancellation
A refund of 50% of the consent fee will be given providing wet weather cancellation is received as follows:
for bookings commencing before 1pm, cancellation must be received no later than 4pm the day prior to the event
for bookings commencing after 1pm, cancellation must be received between 10am and 11am on the day of the event.
It is the responsibility of the HIRER to advise of cancellation. The HIRER is required to telephone 02 9337 7016 week days, or 0417 475 431 weekends. All cancellations other than wet weather also require the HIRER to submit written advice. This may be in the form of fax, email or letter. Refunds may take up to six (6) weeks to process.
Frequently asked questionsWill there be other wedding ceremonies occurring at the same time as mine?
No more than one ceremony will take place at this venue per day.
Can I ask people to move if they are in the location where I wish to hold my wedding?
Hire of the site is not exclusive as the park is open to the public. A member of the wedding party may ask people to consider moving, however they are well within their rights to refuse.
Can I reserve car parking spaces for my guests?
No - parking is available only on a first-come, first-served basis.
Interested in this venue?
National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)
Mosman (venue information and bookings), Phone: 02 9337 7016 venues; other inquiries 02 9960 6266