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Visit Middle Head

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Cost

Free Admission

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Hours
  • Precinct open daily
  • Walking tracks open sunrise to sunset
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Transport
  • Car
  • Bus
  • Ferry
  • Foot
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Location

Middle Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088.

 

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Located on the tip of the Mosman peninsula, Middle Head boasts scenic coastal walks and views across Middle Harbour to North Head Sanctuary in Manly.

Visitors can unwind at a boutique café or restaurant, get into the swing of things at a harbourside tennis court, take a dip at one of the nearby beaches, and discover decommissioned military infrastructure set within lush coastal bushland.

Plus, a network of scenic trails and roads link Middle Head to Balmoral Beach and other nearby attractions as well as the neighbouring precincts that makeup Headland ParkGeorges Heights and Chowder Bay.

Plan ahead

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By car: Drive along Middle Head Road, Mosman until the road intersects with Chowder Bay Road at the HMAS Penguin roundabout. Continue through the roundabout for parking facilities at Middle Head.

By bus: The 111 bus service operates to the precincts of Headland Park. It runs between Chowder Bay and South Mosman Wharf every 30 minutes, seven days a week. To travel to the precincts of Headland Park from the CBD, board the 100 service (QVB to Taronga Zoo), alight at Mosman Junction and transfer to the 111 service to complete your journey.

For travel back to the city, board the 111 service at Headland Park, alight at Mosman Junction and transfer to the 100 service. It runs every ten minutes during the day and every 20 minutes during early morning and late night.

By ferry: Sydney Buses operate the 238 services, which collects passengers who arrive by ferry at Taronga Zoo’s Athol Wharf from Circular Quay. Once aboard the 238 service, alight on Middle Head Road near Beaconsfield Road and walk 15 minutes to reach Middle Head.

By private boat: Vessels (including water taxis) can drop off visitors at Clifton Gardens Wharf, adjacent to Chowder Bay, and may anchor off the beach. To reach Middle Head by foot, head along Chowder Bay Road until it intersects with Middle Head Road.

For public transport information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

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Management of feral rabbits (21/01/2020): Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV1 – K5 or ‘Calici Virus’) will be released on Harbour Trust land at Headland Park, Mosman commencing Wednesday 17 February (weather permitting). The virus release program will be coordinated by the Greater Sydney Local Land Services and will be carried out concurrently by land managers throughout the Greater Sydney region. Feral rabbits are a declared pest in NSW due to the significant amount of agricultural and environmental damage they cause.

A Harbour Trust contractor lay a free feed of carrots in selected locations during the week leading up to the virus release. The virus is spread mainly by contact between rabbits or via insects such as mosquitos and flies and can therefore travel over significant distances; however, it doesn’t affect humans or any other animals. If domestic rabbits are vaccinated, they become immune to the virus.

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Paid and accessible parking is offered at the Middle Head Parking Area and the Clubhouse Parking Area, off Middle Head Road. Parking meters accept coins (Note: No change facilities available) and MasterCard or Visa (Note: Minimum transaction amount is $4). Hourly and daily rates apply, and there is a surcharge on the weekend (Note: parking rates and time limits are subject to change). Subject to sign-posted time limits, parking is free of charge for motorcycles and drivers with Mobility Scheme Permits.

Parking permits issued by Mosman Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are not valid in Harbour Trust parking areas.

Fact sheet: Paid parking facilities – rates

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Public toilets, including an accessible toilet, are located near Middle Head Oval. Many areas of Middle Head are accessible to wheelchairs, mobility scooters and strollers; however, there are some uneven surfaces and bushwalking tracks include stairs and low to medium inclines.

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The park 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 0432 750 714 (8am to 4pm). Alternatively, to contact a security officer, call 0433 631 572 (4 pm - 8 am).

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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; keep dogs on a leash; 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 ride bikes, skateboards or scooters on footpaths or walking tracks; do not climb walls, fortifications, sculptures or cliffs.

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As the situation unfolds, our priority is the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Currently, Harbour Trust sites remain open to the public; however, we are monitoring the situation vigilantly.

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Activities

Looking for things to do in Sydney? Middle Head is a place where you can connect with military and natural heritage, engage in exercise and leisure activities, and get your market fix...

Play a game of tennis

Located at 1110 Middle Head Road, the Harbour Trust's grass court will make you feel like the king or queen of swing! Court hire is $22 per hour with a minimum booking of one hour. Online booking is essential.

[Note: In line with Tennis Australia's COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines, only 4 players can be on a court unless they are members of the same family. Everyone must practice social distancing.]

Go for a swim

Enjoy the sun and take a dip at Cobblers Beach, a short distance from Middle Head Oval, or Obelisk Beach, accessible by Chowder Bay Road. Nudity is permitted at both beaches. Visitors to Middle Head can also walk to nearby Balmoral Beach, which offers a playground, water fountains and an enclosed swimming area.  

Explore military relics

Remnant military structures are located in the Sydney Harbour National Park on the very tip of Middle Head. Landmarks include defensive walls, artillery batteries, a lookout and the Vietnam War-era ‘tiger cages’, where soldiers trained to resist torture.

Strike up a conversation with us

Heading to Headland Park, Mosman for some rest and relaxation on Sydney Harbour? Look for our distinctive orange signs inviting you to chat with the different objects and landmarks we’ve brought to life across Middle Head, Georges Heights and Chowder Bay. Simply follow the instructions on the signs to start a conversation.

Eat and drink

Middle Head hosts a boutique restaurant and high tea venue as well as a pet- and family-friendly café...

Burnt Orange

Housed in a former Clubhouse for Mosman Golf Club, a beautifully renovated building dating back to the 1920s, Burnt Orange is a boutique restaurant with stunning harbour views from its wrap-around verandah. In addition to serving breakfast, lunch and high tea, Burnt Orange is an event venue and retail store offering fashion, homewares and gifts.

Middle Head Café

Situated in coastal bushland at the tip of the Mosman peninsula, Middle Head Café is a pet- and family-friendly venue with sheltered decks. Gaze across the world’s best harbour as you enjoy a lazy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea and watch as your kids play at the nearby Middle Head Oval.

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Nature

Middle Head is a precinct of Headland Park, which features pockets of woodland and heathland on the upper slopes and ridges.

Meanwhile, the shady southern slopes are characterised by littoral vine forests and the headland between Balmoral and Chowder Bay is defined by sandstone cliffs and rocky outcrop.

Teams of bush regenerators work regularly at Headland Park to conserve native flora including eucalyptus forest as well as scrub containing banksia, kunzea, hakea and an endangered subspecies of Acacia terminalis (Sunshine Wattle).

 

This vegetation provides a habitat for native animals including Long-nosed Bandicoots, Water Dragons, Blue-tongue Lizards, Ring-tailed Possums and Green Tree Snakes.

Local bird species including kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, currawongs, pacific white face herons, and dollar birds. Additionally, Chowder Bay receives seasonal visits from penguins, seals and whales.

History

A place of enduring significance for the Borogegal People, Middle Head once played an important role in the defence of Sydney...

Gun emplacements were built in response to the Napoleonic Wars, and during World War II, barracks were constructed to house soldiers. After the war ended, Middle Head housed a training facility (ASOPA) for Australians serving the developing world.

[Image: Big gun practice at Middle Head, Circa 1884 to 1917, Sydney NSW, Bryna Bamberry, National Museum of Australia, 1986.0117.6223]

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