A major drawcard is Georges Head Lookout – perched above Chowder Bay, it offers distinctive views of Sydney Harbour, encompassing the cityscape and Vaucluse foreshore. A network of scenic trails and roads 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Georges Heights is a precinct of Headland Park, which comprises pockets of woodland and heathland on the exposed upper slopes and ridges; littoral vine forest on the southern shady slopes; and sandstone cliffs and outcrops along the headland at Balmoral and Chowder Bay.
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.
Recognised as the traditional land of the Borogegal People, Georges Heights occupies a significant place in Australian history, being the place of the first ‘friendly’ contact between Europeans and Aboriginal People. In the 200 years following colonisation, the area was occupied by military forces and, during World War II, it played a crucial role in the defence of Sydney.
Image caption: 80 pounder RML gun, Georges Heights, circa 1890,William Vosper, State Library of NSW, FL1231925