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COVID-19: Harbour Trust 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. The following exceptions apply:

    • Our Visitor Centres at North Head Sanctuary and Cockatoo Island are closed. 
    • Cockatoo Island’s heritage accommodation, including houses and apartments, will reopen on 1 June 2020 (details below)
    • Cockatoo Island's waterfront campground will reopen on 12 June (details below)
    • The 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN exhibition at Cockatoo Island is closed. [NOTE: Due to the NSW Government’s decision to permit galleries to reopen to the public from June, the exhibition will relaunch for an extended, twelve-week run on Tuesday 16 June.] 
    • Cockatoo Island’s Dog-Leg and Campground Tunnels are closed.
    • The Middle Head Market will not be trading until further notice.
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  • Harbour Trust accommodation on Cockatoo Island will reopen from Monday 1 June 2010. We look forward to welcoming you back for overnight stays. Details below:

    Houses and apartments available for stays from Monday 1 June: Bookings must only comprise members of your immediate household family. This measure will be in place until social distancing rules are amended.

    Waterfront campground reopens for stays from Friday 12 June: To ensure the safety and wellbeing of guests, we have reduced the number of camping options. Only a quarter of our existing tents will be available, and we will be enforcing a maximum of 100 guests, to enable guests 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 guidance: 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. Please be advised, however, that access to public amenities at Cockatoo Island, such as toilets, is limited until further notice.
    • 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: health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app
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  • We have launched three online initiatives to help visitors – and the wider Australian community – to stay connected with extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour.

    • Kids Corner: Updated weekly, 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.
    • 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!
    • National Reconciliation Week: The Harbour Trust is taking a digital-first approach to National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) to enable all Australians to safely join us as we celebrate our First Nations community and advocate for a fairer, more inclusive nation. Our program includes a free webinar on Aboriginal trackers (27 May), a DigiTale on Bungaree (coming soon) and a curated selection of music, films and kids activity sheets.
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    • 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 and we are currently not accepting group bookings.
    • School programs: In line with the NSW Education advice, all school activities across our sites are currently suspended.
    • 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 suspended but we continue to remain connected to our wonderful volunteers in a digital environment. Read up on some of their recent successes HERE.
    • Harbour Trust offices: Our offices are currently closed and the majority of Harbour Trust administrative work will occur off site. Please allow for additional response times due to our remote working arrangements.
    • 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.
    • Meeting of the Members of the Trust (16 June): The Harbour Trust invites the public to observe the Meeting of the Members of the Trust, being held on Tuesday 16 June 2020 from 3pm to 5pm. To help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, the meeting will be presented online via the Zoom webinar platform. Online registrations are essential.

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