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Visit Georges Heights

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Cost

Free admission

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Hours
  • Precinct open daily
  • Walking tracks open sunrise to sunset
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Transport
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Location

Middle Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088.

 

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A short drive from Mosman Village, Georges Heights is popular with locals and visitors alike owing to its café culture, thriving artistic community and stunning coastal bushland.

A major drawcard is Georges Head Lookout. Perched on the ridge above Chowder Bay, the lookout features heritage gun emplacements dating back to the 1870s as well as a tranquil greenspace with a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour, encompassing the cityscape and Vaucluse foreshore. Meanwhile, a network of scenic trails link Georges Heights to the neighbouring precincts of Headland Park as well as Balmoral Beach, Taronga Zoo and other attractions. 

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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There are currently no disruptions to accessing Georges Heights. Continue to check here and our social media channels for updates. 

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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.

Parking permits issued by Mosman Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are not valid in Harbour Trust parking areas.

Fact sheet: Paid parking facilities – rates

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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.

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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.

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As the situation unfolds, our priority is the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Currently, Harbour Trust sites remain open to the public; however, we are monitoring the situation vigilantly.

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Activities

Looking for things to do in Sydney? Georges Heights is a place where you can enjoy the great outdoors and learn about military history...

Enjoy the perfect picnic

Boasting panoramic coastal views, shaded lawn, historic gun emplacements and an elegant sandstone platform designed by award-winning architect Richard Leplastrier, Georges Head Lookout is the ideal spot for a picnic with family and friends. The Lookout can be accessed via Suakin Drive and links to Chowder Bay via the scenic Bungaree Walkway.

Book a military history tour

Featuring gun pits, underground tunnels and other military relics dating back to the 1870s, Georges Heights was crucial to Sydney's defence throughout World War II. During our 90-minute Tunnels and Gunners Tour, our knowledgeable volunteer guide will share the history of this demilitarised location, set within beautiful coastal bushland. Online booking is essential.

Engage with local artists

The Headland Park Artist Precinct (Read Place, at the corner of Middle Head Road and Best Avenue) is home to a thriving community of painters, potters, sculptors and photographers. Visitors can meet and purchase works directly from these local artists, who occupy a cluster of historic military buildings, sympathetically repurposed as studio and gallery spaces.

Take a stroll

A network of scenic trails link Georges Heights to Balmoral Beach and other nearby attractions as well as the neighbouring precincts that makeup Headland Park – Middle Head and Chowder Bay.

Embark on a one-of-a-kind odyssey

Feeling ambitious? Embark on the 80km Bondi to Manly Walk! The massive network of public tracks spans the foreshore between two of Sydney’s most iconic surf beaches, and has pit stops at Headland Park including Georges Heights.   

View outdoor sculptures

Head to the Headland Park Artist Precinct to marvel at our collection of visually-arresting sculptures. These include award-winning Sculpture by the Sea entries, namely: James Parrett’s M-fortysix, Johannes Pannekoek’s Change Ahead, David Ball’s Orb, Stephen King’s Fallout, Jörg Plickat’s Divided Planet and Peter Lundberg’s Ring.

Commemorate the past

Between 1916 and 1921, a large military hospital operated at Georges Heights, providing care to soldiers injured on the Western Front during the Great War. Known as the Hospital on the Hill, this important heritage building today serves as the headquarters of the Harbour Trust.

Visit Building 21, Best Avenue, Mosman during daylight hours for a free exhibition commemorating the soldiers who recuperated at the hospital and the medical staff who cared for them.

Navigate nature

Are you a passionate orienteer or outdoor enthusiast? Work out and explore the coastal bushland at Headland Park with Orienteering NSW’s program of FREE orienteering courses.

The Headland Park program consists of four courses, catering for different fitness levels and orienteering experience. The 900m and 1km courses will assist beginners to develop their navigational skills while experienced orienteers can test their mettle with the 2.4km or 4km courses.

Each course commences near the roundabout on Suakin Drive and can be completed with either a printed copy of the Headland Park orienteering map or the free MapRunF mobile app.

Play a game of tennis

Serve up a storm on our tennis court at Georges Heights, located along Suakin Drive near Georges Head Lookout. Court hire is $22 per hour with a minimum booking of one hour. Online booking is essential.

[Note: The Harbour Trust Tennis Court at Georges Heights is open for court hire (four players only) and private lessons (4 on court total). Everyone must practice social distancing (keeping 1.5 metres away from others). Based on the recommendation from Tennis Australia COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines, only 4 players can be on a court unless they are members of the same family.]

Eat and drink

Unwind and recharge at one of two harbourside food and beverage venues...

Frenchy’s Café

Located in the thriving Headland Park Artist Precinct, this chic, French-themed café offers authentic Parisian brasserie food, outdoor seating with ocean views and great coffee. Housed in the historic former All Ranks Club, Frenchy’s Café is a popular haunt for young families, cyclists, dog walkers, explorers and Mosman locals.

Gunners Barracks

Bordered by coastal bushland on the plateau overlooking Chowder Bay, Gunners’ Barracks offers contemporary a la carte dining, High Tea, unspoiled harbour views. Just a short walk from Georges Head Lookout, the historic venue is also available for wedding receptions, corporate functions and other events.

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Nature

Georges Heights is a precinct of Headland Park, which features pockets of woodland and heathland on the upper slopes and ridges.

Meanwhile, the shady southern slopes are characterised by littoral vine forests and the headland between Balmoral and Chowder Bay is defined by sandstone cliffs and rocky outcrop.

Teams of bush regenerators work regularly at Headland Park to conserve native flora including eucalyptus forest as well as scrub containing banksia, kunzea, hakea and an endangered subspecies of Acacia terminalis (Sunshine Wattle).

This vegetation provides a habitat for native animals including Long-nosed Bandicoots, Water Dragons, Blue-tongue Lizards, Ring-tailed Possums and Green Tree Snakes.

Local bird species including kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, currawongs, pacific white face herons, and dollar birds. Additionally, Chowder Bay receives seasonal visits from penguins, seals and whales.

 

History

The Traditional Owners of Georges Heights were the Borogegal People. The area served social and ceremonial purposes and the foreshore provided shelter, food and water... 

Although the original inhabitants were the Borogegal, the Traditional Owners of the Broken Bay area – the Garigal People – also have a notable connection to Georges Heights. In 1815, Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of NSW, granted sixteen Garigal men and their families land at the site to settle and cultivate. Known as ‘King Bungaree’s Farm’, it was the first Aboriginal land grant in the colony.

When the British Government withdrew its troops from Australia in 1870, the NSW Government established artillery batteries on the outer reaches of Sydney Harbour, including at Georges Heights. For the next 136 years, the site continued to serve as a defence hub. 

Image caption: 80 pounder RML gun, Georges Heights, circa 1890,William Vosper, State Library of NSW, FL1231925

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Stay connected with this extraordinary place on Sydney Harbour with our collection of virtual backgrounds, ideal for your next online meeting…

You can spend your next online meeting against the virtual backdrop of Georges Heights or neighbouring precinct, Chowder Bay. Our collection also includes neighbouring Cockatoo Island, Macquarie Lightstation, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Sub Base Platypus and North Head Sanctuary. 

 

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