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Tours at North Head Sanctuary, Manly

Explore military infrastructure dating back to World War II and gain insights into the nation’s early quarantine practices with our guided tours of North Head Sanctuary on the Manly Peninsula.

Visitors can currently embark on two tours. The North Fort Tour runs weekly, while the Third Quarantine Cemetery tour is available for group bookings.

North Fort

With its large network of gun emplacements and underground tunnels, North Fort at North Head Sanctuary, Manly played a major role in Sydney’s coastal defence system throughout World War II. During our 90 minute tour of this former army base, you will walk in the footsteps of soldiers who protected our shores–above and below ground.

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Third Quarantine Cemetery

Established in 1881 for victims of a smallpox epidemic, North Head Sanctuary's Third Quarantine Cemetery is inscribed on the National Heritage List as a significant example of Australia’s evolving quarantine practices. During this hour-long tour, you will hear stories of people interred at this beautifully maintained coastal cemetery and enjoy unspoiled harbour views.

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