The once active army base previously featured 9.2 inch calibre guns, capable of firing a distance of 26km. Each heavy weapon was operated by nine soldiers with support from personnel running the underground shell and engine rooms.
During this 90 minute guided tour, our experienced guide will lead you from the North Fort Visitor Centre to Australia’s Memorial Walk, honouring the nation’s service people. From there, you will visit North Fort’s gun emplacements before descending into the 200-metre-long tunnel complex, located beneath the historic fortification.
By car: From Manly, follow Darley Road onto North Head Scenic Drive and pass through the stone archway and Q Station roundabout. Continue for approx. 2km and turn left at North Fort to arrive at our visitor centre and carpark.
By bus: The 135 bus service runs from Manly Wharf to North Head Sanctuary daily. For public transport information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.
Our visitor centre and carpark offer wheelchair access as well as accessible parking and toilets. Please keep in mind that North Head Sanctuary is a natural environment with uneven surfaces and that some walking tracks include stairs and medium inclines. There is a bike rack outside the visitor centre.
North Head Sanctuary is patrolled by rangers from 8am to 4pm and by security personnel from 4pm and 8am. In the event of an emergency, dial 000 or 112 if mobile reception is poor. To contact a ranger during an emergency, call 0434 652 152 (8am to 4pm). Alternatively, to contact a security officer, call 0433 631 689 (4pm to 8am).
For your own safety, and to protect the park’s flora and fauna, please remain on the dedicated walking or bike tracks when exploring the bushland and observe the following rules, enforceable by our rangers:
Conditions of entry: Do not feed wildlife or bring pets; only use bikes on designated bike tracks; do not litter, dump rubbish or leave dog waste; do not camp overnight; do not erect gazebos or marquees (without a permit); do not operate remote-controlled vehicles (including drones); do not smoke, light fires or use portable barbeques; remain on dedicated bush tracks; do not play amplified music (without a permit) or create excessive noise; do not undertake commercial activities (without a permit); do not hold private functions (without a permit); do not disturb plants, soil and rocks; do not skateboards or scooters on footpaths or walking tracks; do not climb walls, fortifications, sculptures or cliffs.
Total fire bans: In the event of a total fire ban, tracks and trails will be closed for the public’s safety (penalties apply). For more information, dial 1800 679 737 for the NSW Rural Fire Service’s bush fire information line.
Note: You can secure your spot online ahead of the tour or purchase tickets from the North Fort Visitor Centre on the day of the tour.
Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least 15 people. To arrange a private booking, complete our group tour enquiry form.
Booking: Tickets must be purchased from the North Fort Visitor Centre on the day of the tour. Cash and EFTPOS accepted; however, there is no ATM on site. Note: Maximum participant numbers per tour apply.
All ages: Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: The tour may contain stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.
Conditions: A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required as the tour includes stairs, bush tracks and underground tunnels. It is not suitable for people with wheelchairs, mobility scooters, strollers or pram.
What to bring: Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat and wet weather gear (if needed).
Weather: This tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. If the Rural Fire Service declares an extreme or catastrophic fire danger rating for the Greater Sydney Region (area 4), tours will be cancelled.