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Defence of Sydney Tour

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Cost
  • $11 per adult
  • $8 per child
  • $8 per concession
  • $8 per senior


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Hours
  • Times: 10:30am, 11:30am and 1pm every Sunday 
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Group tours also available (Mon-Fri)
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Transport
  • Car
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  • Foot


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Meeting point

North Fort Visitor Centre, North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, NSW 2095

 

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Established in 1936, North Fort is a remnant military complex at North Head Sanctuary in Manly...

Strategically placed at the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour, the fort was part of a defence system that spanned 300km of coastline during World War II.

The Defence of Sydney Tour is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the men and women who served at North Fort. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will marvel at heritage gun emplacements, once capable of firing 26.4km, and descend into the 200-metre-long military tunnel complex. Finally, our guide will demystify an underground bunker once shrouded in secrecy: The Plotting Room. As you explore this facility, concealed within bushland, you’ll hear how our specialist volunteers faithfully restored it.

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Book tickets for one of our regularly scheduled tours or arrange a private tour for your group...

Join our regular scheduled tours

Tickets are $11 per adult, $8 per child (12 & under), $8 per concession and $8 per senior. 

Request a group tour (Mon-Fri)

Subject to guide availability, we accept private group bookings. To request a private group tour, complete our enquiry form. 

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Embark on our next Defence of Sydney Tour to discover the military heritage of North Fort including the underground Plotting Room and tunnel network...
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Plan Ahead

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For information about getting to North Fort, including by public transport, see: Visit North Head Sanctuary. This webpage also contains information on visitor parking and public facilities.

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Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Further, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are advised that the tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

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This tour includes steep stairs and underground tunnels and some uneven surfaces, and it is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required. You must comply with all directions of the Guides, Rangers and Security.

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Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat and wet weather gear (if needed). Please provide your own torch for the tunnels (phone torch is adequate).  Please note: This tour has high touch points including hand rails and includes entry into confined spaces. As such, we recommend providing own hand sanitiser and wearing a face mask.

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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. Participants will be notified via email if the tour is cancelled and a full refund of the ticket price will be made. 

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COVID – conditions of participation

The health and safety of visitors remains paramount. As such, we continue to follow COVID-19 directions and advice from the State Government. Visitors are required to comply with NSW Government guidelines and must follow rules around social distancing and basic hygiene. If any members of your group are unwell or have flu like symptoms we ask that they do not attend the tour. 

Please note: The Defence of Sydney Tour has high touch points including hand rails and includes entry into confined spaces. We recommend providing own hand sanitiser and wearing a face mask.

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Plotting Room North Fort Manly Entrance 650X550

Helpful links

Learn more about North Fort and other heritage sites protected by the Harbour Trust...