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Couple admiring the Hanging Swamp at North Head Sanctuary in Manly.
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10 June 2021
Sub Base Platypus nears completion with final design plans for the Torpedo Factory (media release)

The next stage of Sub Base Platypus, one of Sydney’s hidden foreshore gems, is nearing completion, with the Harbour Trust releasing the final look and feel for the renewal of the Torpedo Factory.

3 June 2021
Torpedo Factory Renewal Project (update)

The Harbour Trust is delivering the next stage of renewal works at Sub Base Platypus; namely, the creation of additional parkland through the adaptation and interpretation of the Torpedo Factory. Opportunities for the community to learn more include a design exhibition and drop-in sessions.

14 May 2021
Sub Base Platypus recognised by National Trust for exemplary adaptive re-use

Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney has been recognised by the National Trust, Australia’s leading conservation body, as an exemplary case study for adaptive re-use.

4 May 2021
Harbour Trust releases Draft Concept for Cockatoo Island / Wareamah (media release)

The Harbour Trust today unveiled an ambitious concept to transform Cockatoo Island / Wareamah into a world-class public destination, ensuring this important historical place remains open and accessible for future generations. [Image: An artist's impression of the proposed Eastern Apron Tidal Terrace.]

1 May 2021
Harbour Trust releases Draft Concept for North Head Sanctuary (media release)

The Harbour Trust invites the community to have a say on the Draft Concept for the future of North Head / Car-rang-gel – one of Australia’s most spectacular landmarks, with significant ties to First Nations’ culture, our military history and host to some of the most precious natural ecosystems in the country. [Image: An artist's impression of a proposed accessible path network and native garden.]

22 April 2021
Remarkable stories at Sub Base Platypus, North Sydney (media release)

On now until 9 May 2021, the heritage-listed Retort House at Sub Base Platypus is the home to the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Remarkable exhibition. This touring exhibition details the stories of Sydney’s river systems and coastlines, spotlighting the people who lived and breathed the waterways.

22 April 2021
Appointments to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking input on upcoming vacancies for the Harbour Trust; namely the Members of the Trust.

19 March 2021
Coastrek for mental health awareness through Harbour Trust Sites (media release)

Thousands of wild women (and a few men) taking on the Sydney Coastrek team trekking challenge are hiking through North Head Sanctuary and Headland Park this Friday 19 March to raise awareness of mental health in Australia as well as much needed funds for Beyond Blue.

2 February 2021
Defence of Sydney Tour launches at North Head sanctuary (media release)

The Harbour Trust has launched the new Defence of Sydney Tour at North Head Sanctuary which features entry into the recently restored and previously inaccessible North Fort Plotting Room. The