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Couple admiring the Hanging Swamp at North Head Sanctuary in Manly.


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14 June 2023
Breath life into history: Cockatoo Island’s engaging education programs (blog)

By visiting historic destinations, such as Cockatoo Island / Wareamah, teachers can help their students connect with history in a meaningful way. Students can complement their classroom learning and embark on a journey that brings history to life. Keep reading to discover 4 key benefits of exploring historic places.

9 June 2023
Consultation Outcomes on Middle Head / Gubbuh Gubbuh Draft Master Plan

From 14 March 2023 until 9 May 2023 the Harbour Trust’s Middle Head / Gubbuh Gubbuh Draft Master Plan was on public exhibition. The Harbour Trust has reviewed all feedback received during initial exhibition and created a Consultation Outcomes Report.

29 May 2023
Night at The Barracks open-air concert series returns to North Head Sanctuary in Manly

After a highly successful debut season, last year, Night at The Barracks is returning to North Head Sanctuary, Manly for 9 spectacular open-air concerts. Between 15 September and 8 October 2023, music enthusiasts will get to enjoy live performance by some of the biggest names in Australian music under the stars, in an iconic location.

25 May 2023
The Harbour Trust Celebrates National Reconciliation Week

Join us in recognising National Reconciliation Week by learning about the history and culture of First Nation Peoples. Discover news, resources and experiences that showcase the First Nations stories of the extraordinary places we protect on Sydney Harbour. 

24 May 2023
First Nations artist commissioned for the Torpedo Factory Renewal Project (media release)

The Harbour Trust is pleased to announce that Dennis Golding has been commissioned to create three artworks at Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney on Cammeraygal Country. The new artworks will recognise and celebrate Country and culture as part of the Torpedo Factory Renewal project at the site.


24 May 2023
Five Ways to Escape Cockatoo Island (if you’re a convict) (blog)

Due to its location on Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island was an ideal place to imprison criminals during Australia’s colonial era. Indeed, from 1839 to 1869, the island operated as a convict penal establishment, where repeat male offenders undertook hard labour. Read on to discover five of the most remarkable escape attempts. 

23 May 2023
Register to attend the board meeting in public (15 June)

The Harbour Trust invites members of the public to attend the public board meeting of the Members of the Trust, in-person or online, between 5:30pm and 7pm AEST on Thursday 15 June 2023. Please register your attendance.

19 May 2023
Joseph Carrozzi Announcement

Joseph Carrozzi AM, Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (Harbour Trust), has announced that he will not seek to be reappointed once his current term ends on 30 June 2023.

18 May 2023
Harbour Trust celebrates National Volunteer Week

To mark National Volunteer Week (15 to 21 May), we wish to thank our incredible volunteers for generously contributing hours of their time to the Harbour Trust.