26 September 2023

North Head to look out and watch winter whales

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Visitors to Sydney’s North Head can now enjoy spectacular harbour views and ocean views with two new lookouts officially opened in Sydney Harbour National Park.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) worked with a leading local landscape architect and Aboriginal designers on new lookouts including the names Burragula and Yiningma.

Burragula, meaning sunset, was selected for the southern lookout and for the association with burraga, the long-nosed bandicoot, which is most active at this time.

The northern lookout is called Yiningma, meaning cliff edge, where views far out to sea as well as along the coastline can be enjoyed.

Experienced landscape architects were engaged to plan and design 2 new lookouts considering topography, vegetation, natural character of the landscape, materiality and accessibility.

The new lookouts and final improvements elsewhere at North Head include:

* 1,200 square metres of new turfed recreation space

* New seating for visitors

* New pedestrian footpaths and crossings

* A new bus stop and picnic shelter

* New stainless steel fencing around Fairfax Walk

* Accessible parking and ramps

* Over 10,000 native plants planted.

The Minister for the Environment, Penny Sharpe said the new visitor facilities allowed everyone to experience the excitement of seeing whales while protecting, enhancing and sharing the state’s national parks.’

“The 2 new lookouts are a stunning addition to both North Head and Sydney Harbour National Park, and provide an improved, accessible and safer experience for all visitors to enjoy,” Ms Sharpe said.

“I particularly appreciate the interpretive elements that recognise Country and the character of the surrounding landscape such as the use of sandstone to reflect the landscape and the circular form of the lookouts for gathering.”

“I encourage everyone during the winter school holidays to visit and experience for themselves the wonder of Sydney Harbour National Park from North Head.”

Unlike humpback whales, which are passing through NSW waters heading for their breeding grounds, southern right whales instead breed right here in New South Wales.

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