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COVID-19 updates

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The Harbour Trust continues to work closely with the 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. We thank you for your support, and we look forward to resuming our public programming, including guided tours, as soon as possible.​

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  • Headland Park (Mosman), North Head Sanctuary (Manly), Sub Base Platypus (North Sydney), Cockatoo Island (Sydney Harbour), Woolwich Dock and Parklands, and the grounds of Macquarie Lightstation (Vaucluse) remain open to the public; however, our volunteer-run Visitor Centres at North Head Sanctuary and Cockatoo Island are closed. We look forward to welcoming back our visitor service volunteers in early 2021.

    For further details about Cockatoo Island, see: COVID-19 Updates: Cockatoo Island

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  • Cockatoo Island’s heritage accommodation and waterfront campground are available for bookings. Our campground capacity has been reduced to one quarter of normal capacity, and we are enforcing a limit of 100 guests in the campground, to enable people to adhere to social distancing regulations. The capacity of our campground will increase over time, in line with Government restrictions.

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    • Visitor guidelines: The wellbeing of visitors remains core business for the Harbour Trust during this challenging time. If you are planning to visit any of our visitor destinations, please remember to follow rules around social distancing, and basic hygiene and, ahead of your trip, check for updates. If you are feeling unwell, postpone your visit and seek medical advice.
    • Cleaning protocols: We have established enhanced cleaning protocols with respect to public facilities across our sites. 
    • COVIDSafe App: The Government has launched the COVIDSafe App in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. The mobile app, which is voluntary to download, helps state and territory health officials find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. Further information is available here:
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  • We have launched four online initiatives to help visitors – and the wider Australian community – to stay connected with extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour.

    • Virtual Excursion: Convict Times is an immersive online history lesson that transports students (Kindergarten to Year 4) to Cockatoo Island’s convict era. It has been designed to activate children’s imaginations and encourage them to use primary and secondary sources. Register your class for this self-paced excursion today.
    • DigiTalks: Running select Wednesdays, DigiTalks is a series of online talks, virtual tours and webinars that offer attendees rich insights about our heritage destinations as well as Sydney Harbour.
    • DigiTales: This series of articles, by our team of volunteers, acquaints readers with historical figures synonymous with our heritage places on Sydney Harbour. They also capture the distinctive voices of our passionate and knowledgeable volunteers. Above all else, DigiTales are intended as entertaining yarns. We hope you enjoy them!
    • Kids Corner: Kids Corner features fun activity sheets and project ideas designed to keep kids engaged and happy, whether they’re at home, in the backyard or stretching their legs outside.
    Tours, programs and tennisarrow
    • Tours: Guided tours across our sites, including the Ghostyard, Haunted History, Tunnels and Gunners, North Fort and Macquarie Lighthouse Tours, are suspended until further notice; however, a selection of our Cockatoo Island tours are available for small group bookings. To book a private tour for your group, complete our tour booking form
    • School programs: We are currently accepting bookings for school excursions to Cockatoo Island; however, we have reduced the permitted group size. Our primary and high school programs support several key syllabus areas of the NSW Curriculum and are an opportunity for students to enjoy an interactive learning experience at one of Sydney’s most historic destinations. Unable to visit Cockatoo Island with your class? Don’t worry – we’ve transformed our popular primary school program, Convict Times, into an immersive virtual excursion.
    • Tennis courts: The Harbour Trust Tennis Courts at Georges Heights and Middle Head are open for court hire (four players only) and private lessons (4 on court total). Everyone must practice social distancing (keeping 1.5 metres away from others).Based on the recommendation from Tennis Australia COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines, only 4 players can be on a court unless they are members of the same family. Bookings:

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    • Volunteers: Our volunteer program, including volunteer-led tours, has been temporarily suspended but we continue to remain connected to our wonderful volunteers in a digital environment. Read up on some of their recent successes HERE.
    • 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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