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North Head Sanctuary Tours

Located in Manly at the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour, North Head Sanctuary features a remnant military complex and a historic cemetery set within coastal bushland...

Book tickets for our Defence of Sydney Tour, which runs every Sunday, or arrange a private tour of Third Quarantine Cemetery for your group. Collectively, these volunteer-led, all-ages tours are an opportunity to explore military infrastructure dating back to World War II and gain insights into the nation’s early quarantine practices. 

Defence of Sydney Tour

Our all-ages Defence of Sydney Tour is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of those who served at North Fort, a former army base that once protected Sydney Harbour....

Cost: From $8 | Duration: 90 mins | When: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2pm every Sunday 

Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will visit 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.


Third Quarantine Cemetery Tour

Established in 1881 for victims of a smallpox epidemic, the Third Quarantine Cemetery at North Head Sanctuary, Manly, is included on Australia’s National Heritage List as a significant example of the nation’s evolving quarantine practices...

Cost: From $8 | Duration: 60 mins | Hours: 11am to 12pm, select Sundays 

During this 60-minute tour, a knowledgeable guide will share stories of those who succumbed to the ravages of small pox, the plague and other epidemics. Attendees will also experience the natural beauty of this final resting place, including unspoiled views of Sydney Harbour.