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.
Book tickets for one of our regularly scheduled tours or arrange a private tour for your group...
Tickets are $10 per adult, $7 per child (12 & under) and $7 per senior.
Subject to guide availability, we accept private group bookings. To request a private group tour, complete our enquiry form.
[Note: To ensure compliance with the NSW Government's public health orders, all Defence of Sydney Tours are currently limited to 8 people plus a guide as the tour involves entering confined spaces.]
As a registered COVID Safe business, we require ticketholders to visit the Service NSW website, upon arrival at the tour meeting point, and scan a QR code to ensure a COVID Safe check-in.
[Note: When you check in, only the tour location and the time of visit is recorded. This information is stored for 28 days and only for the purpose of contact tracing, if necessary.]
To comply with the NSW Government’s COVID-19 public health orders, we are currently only permitting 6 ticketholders (plus a guide) per tour. Further, members of each group must ensure they:
[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.]
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.
This tour involves a steep incline and some uneven surfaces, and it is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required.
Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat and wet weather gear (if needed). Please also be advised that 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.
Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather.
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.
Learn more about North Fort and other heritage sites protected by the Harbour Trust...