The Defence of Sydney Tour is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the men and women who served at North Fort, a former army base at North Head Sanctuary, Manly that once protected Sydney Harbour. The tunnel tour of North Head is accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will marvel at heritage gun emplacements and descend into the 200-metre-long military tunnel complex. Finally, the guide will demystify an underground bunker once shrouded in secrecy: The Plotting Room.
Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child (12 & under) and $7 per concession holder.
Hours & times: Four times every Sunday (10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2pm) commencing 3 Jan 2021. Duration of tour is 90 mins.
Meeting point: North Fort Visitor Centre, North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, NSW 2095.
Planning your trip: For information about getting to North Fort, including by public transport.
Please note: This tour has high touch points including hand rails and entering confined spaces, we recommend providing own hand sanitiser and wearing a face mask.
Book tickets to embark on our next Defence of Sydney Tour to discover the military heritage of North Fort including the underground Plotting Room and tunnel network.
Established in 1936, North Fort is a remnant military complex at North Head Sanctuary in Manly. Strategically placed at the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour, the fort was part of a defence system that spanned 300km of coastline during World War II.
North Head Santurary is a place that holds significance to the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, the Gayamagal people. As you explore the park’s coastal bushland, via dedicated walking and bike tracks, you’ll discover diverse flora and fauna, military fortifications from World War II and signs of the nation’s early quarantine practices. Were it not for the unspoiled harbour views, it would be hard to believe you are only 11km from Sydney’s CBD.