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The Harbour Trust is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will continue to follow directions from NSW Government to ensure our operations are in line with the latest advice on coronavirus.

This page provides updates on the current status of our visitor destinations as well as the steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of visitors and remain connected with the community. 

UPDATE (29 July)

The information on this page has been amended to reflect the latest advice from the NSW Government as well as the restrictions and lockdown, currently in effect throughout Greater Sydney.


    Visitor destinations (general)arrow
    • Visitor centres: Our volunteer-run visitor centres at Cockatoo Island and North Head Sanctuary are closed until further notice.

    • Cockatoo Island: Public access to Cockatoo Island is suspended until further notice. Consequently, our tours, accommodation and vacation care offerings have also been suspended and the island’s cafés are closed. Rangers and security will continue to patrol the island during the lockdown period.​

    • Other destinations: Headland Park (Mosman), North Head Sanctuary (Manly), Sub Base Platypus (North Sydney), Woolwich Dock and Parklands, and the grounds of Macquarie Lightstation (Vaucluse) remain open to the public. For details about cafés and restaurants, see the ‘Food and beverage venues’ section below.  

    • Visitor health and safety: We have established enhanced cleaning protocols with respect to available public facilities at the above destinations; however, members of the public are advised to carry bottled water as we have deactivated all water bubblers. People who attend any of our destinations must follow rules around social distancing and basic hygiene. If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit any of our sites. The current advice of NSW Health is for people to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel, and to get tested if you have even the mildest of symptoms. Check the NSW Health website ( for updates and guidance. 


    Food and beverage venuesarrow
  • In light of the lockdown, the operating hours of hospitality venues across our destinations have been altered (details below).

    • Marina Café & Bar at Cockatoo Island is CLOSED until further notice.
    • Societé Overboard at Cockatoo Island is CLOSED until further notice.
    • L'Heritage at Chowder Bay is CLOSED until further notice.
    • Ripples at Chowder Bay is CLOSED until further notice.
    • Frenchy’s Café at Georges Heights will serve takeaway only until further notice.
    • Gunners Barracks at Georges Heights is CLOSED until further notice.
    • Middle Head Café will serve takeaway only until further notice.
    • Bella Vista Café will serve takeaway only until further notice.
    • Deckhouse at Woolwich Dock will be serve takeaway only until further notice.
    • Burnt Orange at Middle Head is CLOSED until further notice.
    • The Organic Food Market at Georges Heights is LIMITED to vendors selling food items such as fruit and vegetables as well as takeaway food and coffee.
    Tours, programs and tennisarrow
    • Tours: All Harbour Trust tours, including tours at Cockatoo Island, Headland Park and North Head sanctuary, will be suspended until further notice.
    • Tennis courts: The Harbour Trust tennis courts at Georges Heights and Middle Head are closed until further notice. This follows recommendations from the NSW Government and Tennis Australia. If you have an existing booking, please contact and they will automatically process your refund. Please allow up to 14 days for the refund to process.
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    Harbour Trust operationsarrow
    • Volunteers: Our volunteer program, including volunteer-led tours, are suspended until further notice. 

    • Tenants: For information about our tenants, including the food and beverage operators across our sites, please head to our tenant directory and contact the businesses directly.

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