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Tunnels and Gunners Tour

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Cost
  • $10 per adult
  • $7 per child/concession holder
  • $20 for a family pass
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Hours
  • The first Sunday of every month.
  • Tour runs from 10:45am to 12:15pm
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Transport
  • Car
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  • Foot
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Meeting Point

Georges Heights at Headland Park, Mosman NSW 2088.

 

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Featuring gun emplacements, underground tunnels and military relics dating back to the 1870s, Georges Heights at Headland Park, Mosman played a crucial role in the defence of Sydney throughout World War II.

During our 90 minute Tunnels and Gunners Tour, an experienced volunteer guide will lead you through a set of demilitarised fortifications set within stunning coastal bushland, including tunnels off limits to the wider public. The tour concludes at the Headland Park Artist Precinct, which is home to a thriving community of painters, potters, sculptors and photographers.

Plan Ahead

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By car: Drive along Middle Head Road, Mosman and turn off at Suakin Drive or Best Avenue for parking at Georges Heights.

By bus: Sydney Buses operate buses to Georges Heights on weekdays. The 244 service, which departs from Wynyard, stops along Middle Head Road and Chowder Bay Road. 

By ferry: Sydney Buses operate the 238 services, which collects passengers who arrive by ferry at Taronga Zoo’s Athol Wharf from Circular Quay. Once aboard the 238 service, alight on Middle Head Road near Beaconsfield Road and walk ten minutes to reach Georges Heights. Alternatively, once you arrive at Athol Wharf, journey along the coastal walking track, passing Clifton Gardens to arrive at Chowder Bay. Once at Chowder Bay, ascend Bungaree Walkway to arrive at Georges Heights. 

By private boat: Vessels (including water taxis) can drop off visitors at Clifton Gardens Wharf, adjacent to Chowder Bay, and may anchor off the beach. Bungaree Walkway links Chowder Bay to Georges Heights.

For public transport information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

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Public toilets, including an accessible toilet, are provided at the Headland Park Artist Precinct (Read Place, at the corner of Middle Head Road and Best Avenue). Many areas of Georges Heights are accessible to wheelchairs, mobility scooters and strollers; however, there are some uneven surfaces and bushwalking tracks include stairs and low to medium inclines.

Paid and accessible parking is offered at the Middle Head Parking Area and the Clubhouse Parking Area, off Middle Head Road. Parking meters accept coins (Note: No change facilities available) and MasterCard or Visa (Note: Minimum transaction amount is $4). Hourly and daily rates apply, and there is a surcharge on the weekend (Note: parking rates and time limits are subject to change). Subject to sign-posted time limits, parking is free of charge for motorcycles and drivers with Mobility Scheme Permits.

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The park is patrolled by rangers from 8am to 4pm and by security personnel from 4pm and 8am. In the event of an emergency, dial 000 or 112 if mobile reception is poor. To contact a ranger during an emergency, call 0432 750 714 (8am to 4pm). Alternatively, to contact a security officer, call 0433 631 572 (4 pm to 8 am).

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For your own safety, and to protect the park’s flora and fauna, please remain on the dedicated walking or bike tracks when exploring the bushland and observe the following rules, enforceable by our rangers:


Conditions of entry: Do not feed wildlife; keep dogs on a leash; do not litter, dump rubbish or leave dog waste; do not camp overnight; do not erect gazebos or marquees (without a permit); do not operate remote-controlled vehicles (including drones); do not smoke, light fires or use portable barbeques; remain on dedicated bush tracks; do not play amplified music (without a permit) or create excessive noise; do not undertake commercial activities (without a permit); do not hold private functions (without a permit); do not disturb plants, soil and rocks; do not ride bikes, skateboards or scooters on footpaths or walking tracks; do not climb walls, fortifications, sculptures or cliffs.

Ticket prices

  • $10 per adult
  • $7 per child (aged 16 and under) or concession holder (incl. pensioners and students)
  • $20 for a family pass (two adults and up to two children/concession holders).

Note: Online bookings are essential.

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Group tours

Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of at least 15 people. To arrange a private booking, complete our group tour enquiry form.

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Additional info

All ages: Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: The tour may contain stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

Conditions: A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required as the tour includes stairs, bush tracks and unlit underground tunnels. It is not suitable for people with wheelchairs, mobility scooters, strollers or pram.

What to bring: Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat, wet weather gear (if needed) and a torch (phone torches are adequate).

Weather: This tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. Participant will be notified via SMS if tours are cancelled. 

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