North Head Sanctuary Foundation
is working with Government agencies
towards the establishment of
Car-rang-gel Sanctuary
on North Head
at the gateway of Sydney Harbour
- a flagship for Australia's
environmental resolve
and a celebration of
our natural and cultural heritage.
Car-rang-gel Sanctuary on North Head, Sydney
Aboriginal Heritage
Built Heritage
Research Volunteering

Banksia aemula

See a range of
Australian botanical
greeting cards

These are hand-drawn cards
featuring native plants
of North Head.

Orchids on North Head

Welcome to the
North Head Sanctuary Foundation website

After six years of submission writing, meetings and workshops, the Sanctuary opened for visitors in 2007.  We opened our first interpretive centre at the beginning of 2009 and moved this to its current location in 2011.

This interpretive centre featuring information about North Head's heritage, plants, animals and research related to the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub threatened community is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our Information Centre re-opened on Saturday 6th March 2021,
with hours being 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays,

 Come in and visit us in Building 20 - Education Centre. See map.

Early in 2009 we established a Native Plant Nursery within the former School of Artillery site and have been planting out seedlings into degraded areas. It's fun! Would you like to become involved once covid-19 restrictions ease?

Have a look at our information pages about plants you can see on North Head.

Visit our other pages and learn more about events both past and present.

Then click on "membership" and join us in our worthwhile endeavours.


Read our latest


Listen to Aunty Fran
 (D'harawal Knowledge holder) giving insights into relationships in Nature.

Click here to see
the brochure about
Aboriginal Use of Plants

Aunty Fran
See our
Walks brochures

Learn about
Research on North Head
concerning management of bushland in relation to thinning, fire, rats and rabbits

North Head Sanctuary Plans - open for public comment

Have your say about the plans for North Head .....

Click here: North Head Sanctuary Consultation | Harbour Trust

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

Between 18 May and 1 June, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust 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)
Register to attend a workshop

North Head Bushland Update
following the bushfire burns held on Oct 17 and 18, 2020

Fairfax walking track reopening

The Fairfax walking track at North Head has been closed since October 2020 as 1km of fencing surrounding the track was damaged during the 2020 bushfire. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has installed temporary fencing in response to sustained community pressure to reopen the Fairfax walking track. The temporary fencing is in place to ensure your safety and to allow the vegetation to regenerate. Temporary fencing will remain in place until works to replace fencing are completed.

Fairfax lookouts will remain closed

In 2020, NPWS engaged a geotechnical engineer to assess the clifftop areas. This assessment concluded that the lookout presents an unacceptable risk to visitors from a rock-fall, like the 2016 cliff edge collapse. NPWS will be designing a new replacement lookout that will be safe, accessible and still provide North Head's iconic views. Please do not enter the closed lookout area.

Resumption of 161 bus service

STA has managed to resume all 161 routes back to the original scheduling arrangement. The route change information may not appear on the STA website and apps until the next data exchange.

Drosera spathulata
Banksia marginata
Acacia suaveolens
Boronia ledifolia
Acacia longifolia
Woollsia pungens
Banksia ericifolia
Aboriginal Heritage
Built Heritage
Research Volunteering
North Head Sanctuary Foundation, P.O.Box 896, Balgowlah, NSW 2093


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