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Visit Sub Base Platypus

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Cost

Free Admission

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Hours

Open 7am to 9pm daily

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Transport
  • Car
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  • Foot
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Location

120 High Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060


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Guide
Formerly a torpedo factory, submarine base and gasworks, Sub Base Platypus is a community recreation and work hub in North Sydney, homeland of the Cammeraygal People.

Featuring a shaded BBQ area with seating, a pocket playground and a scenic waterfront promenade, Sub Base Platypus is a place where visitors can relax on the waterfront with friends and family. View our visitor map to see how convenient it is to walk to Sub Base Platypus from the closest public transport links. 

Plan ahead

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  • Public: 7am to 9pm, daily
  • Tenants & authorised users: 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Vehicular Deliveries:
    • 7am to 9am, daily via Platypus Lane (Outside of these hours, access by calling ranger/security).
    • 7am to 9pm, daily via 15min parking bays in the High Street carpark located in the Torpedo Factory.

Note: The Harbour Trust’s ultimate aim is to keep this public domain open to the public 24 hours, 7 days a week, similar to Headland Park, Mosman. This would be supported by a ranger or security on site at all times.

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By ferry: North Sydney Ferry Wharf is just 250 metres from the High Street Entrance to Sub Base Platypus, offering convenience and speedy travel times to Circular Quay on the F5 ferry service via Kirribilli, Kurraba Point and Neutral Bay.

By train: Both North Sydney and Milsons Point train stations are less than a kilometre’s walk from Sub Base Platypus.

By bus: Buses run every 20 minutes within 500 metres of Sub base Platypus, along Clark Road. The weekday 269 Bus from McMahons Point to Kirribilli connects with Milsons Point Train Station, and the daily 263 Bus from Cammeray connects to the Sydney CBD.

By foot: Sub Base Platypus is a 3 minute walk from North Sydney Ferry Wharf, an 11 minute walk from Milsons Point Station (0.9 km), a 13 minute walk from North Sydney Station (1.0 km), a 17 minute walk from Milsons Point ferry Wharf (1.3 km) and a 28 minute walk from McMahons Point Ferry Wharf (2.0 km). 

View our Walking to Sub Base Platypus Map to see how convenient it is to walk to the site from the closest public transport links. For further public transport information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

 

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Tonic Lane (29/01/2021): Tonic Lane is closed today (29 January) due to the wet weather. For updates, follow the café and bar on Instagram: @tonic_lane.

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Parking

We encourage you to travel to Sub Base Platypus by foot, bicycle, ferry, bus or train; however, limited parking is available at our public car park. 

  • Location: 120 High Street
  • Hours: 7am to 9pm daily
  • Time limit: Up to a maximum of 3 hours per vehicle, per calendar day. 
  • Pricing: First 2 hours of parking are free. A fee of up to $3.30 applies between 2 and 3 hours parking.
  • Exemption: Mobility Parking Scheme Permits and motorcycles are exempt from parking charges and 3 hour time limit (i.e. no ticket required).
  • Notes: Visitors must obtain and display a parking ticket for the duration of their stay.
Berthing

Recreational vessels may occupy the nearby North Sydney Ferry Wharf for up to 5 minutes for the purpose of dropping off and picking up passengers; however, they must give way to timetabled services. Commercial vessel operators must purchase a ‘Regular Use Permit’ or a Voucher Pack from Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) in order to use North Sydney Ferry Wharf and other commuter wharves. Further info is available on the RMS website.

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Sub Base Platypus has been designed for maximum accessibility. An accessible path of travel to Sub Base Platypus is available from Kesterton Park (via the Kesterton Boardwalk) and from the High Street carpark. Accessible public toilets are located on the ground floor of Building 2 (Submarine School).

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Security: Sub Base Platypus is patrolled 24hours a day, 7 days a week by rangers and security. In the event of an emergency, dial 000 or 112 if mobile reception is poor. To contact a ranger during an emergency, call Sub Base Platypus Ranger (8am to 4pm) on 0437 049 296 and Sub Base Platypus Security (4pm to 8am) on 0487 327 514 .

Lighting: For safety reasons, public domain lighting, with the exception of the Kiara carpark, will be on 24 hours (during hours of darkness within period). Kiara Carpark lighting will remain on from 6am to 9pm (during hours of darkness within period). Between 9pm and 6am, lighting in this carpark will be activated (for a short period to enable safe access to vehicles) by manual push button, to facilitate exit of vehicles from the carpark.

 

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For your own safety and enjoyment, please observe the following rules, enforceable by our rangers:

Conditions of entry: Do not litter or dump rubbish; do not erect gazebos or marquees (without a permit); do not go fishing; do not operate remote-controlled vehicles (including drones); do not smoke, light fires or use portable barbeques; 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); and do not climb walls, fortifications, sculptures or cliffs.

Activities

Looking for things to do in North Sydney? Sub Base Platypus is an ideal setting for rest and recreation....

Pop-up exhibition: 'Remarkable' (1 April to 9 May)

The historic Retort House at Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney will host a special exhibition, Remarkable: Stories of Australians and their boats, from 1 April to 9 May. Open to the public between 8am and 4pm daily, the exhibition shares the stories of a dozen Australians who have lived and worked on the water, and showcases the connection each has to their boats. This exhibition has been produced by the Australian Maritime Museums Council, its members, and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

[Image credit: Moogy’s Yuki (indigenous watercraft), Film still, Change Media, Ngarrindjeri and Major Moogy Sumner.]

Moogy’S Yuki 650X550
Guided walking tour (NEW)

Delve into the history of the former gasworks, torpedo factory and submarine base. Running select Saturdays, the Sub Base Platypus Walking Tour is a 60-minute guided journey through the different layers of history at this waterfront destination. Learn about the site's First Nations, industrial and military heritage, including buildings from different eras. 

Image caption: Ben Guthrie, The Guthrie Project

Tonic Lane (Pop-up gin bar and café)

Tonic Lane has parked their roaming gin bar and café at Sub Base Platypus for an extended season. You can enjoy an all-Aussie gin line-up – as well as cider, beer, Pimms and lemonade and non-alcoholic refreshments – on North Sydney's waterfront.  Tonic Lane is also a purveyor of coffee, classic snacks and great conversation, meaning there’s something for everyone! In the spirit of sustainability, they use reusable drinking vessels rather than single-use.


Regular trading hours
  • Fridays – 4pm to 9pm
  • Weekends – 1pm to 9pm
Strike up a conversation with us

When exploring Sub Base Platypus, look out for the bright red signs inviting you to chat with local objects and landmarks. You read correctly – we’ve brought to life different aspect of this scenic waterfront destination! Simply follow the instructions on the signs to start a conversation.

Outdoor fun for kids

Oberon Park at Sub Base Platypus featuring a pocket playground that pays tribute to the site's naval heritage. There is also play equipment at neighbouring Kesterton Park, accessible via Sub Base Platypus’ over-water walkway.

Embark on a one-of-a-kind odyssey

Feeling ambitious? Embark on the Bondi to Manly Walk, a massive 80km network of public tracks spanning the foreshore between two of Sydney’s most iconic surf beaches. When you reach Sub Base Platypus, take a breather and explore Sydney’s newest waterfront destination.

Enjoy a barbeque

Take advantage of the shaded BBQ facilities and seating at Sub Base Platypus and invite your friends and family to a sausage sizzle on the waterfront.

History

The land encompassing Sub Base Platypus is Cammeraygal Country. The site occupies a notable place in the nation’s industrial and military narratives...

History of Sub Base Platypus (Overview)

Prior to European colonisation, the Cammeraygal People camped in sandstone caves on the harbour foreshore. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the site hosted (at different times) a gasworks, a torpedo factory and a submarine base. The Harbour Trust was granted stewardship of the site in 2005 and renamed it Sub Base Platypus in 2017.

[Image: HMAS Ovens leaving HMAS Platypus, Graeme Andrews, 1995, courtesy of City of Sydney Archives]

The Story of Sub Base Platypus (Exhibition)

The Harbour Trust has partnered with Google Arts & Culture on a collection of immersive digital exhibitions that showcase our heritage destinations on Sydney Harbour. The Story of Sub Base Platypus vividly charts the changing nature of the site through a mix of archival imagery, contemporary photos and 360 footage. 

[Image: North Shore Gasworks, 1917, courtesy of Stanton Library]

Leasing opportunities

Join our community of tenants at this emerging public domain on North Sydney's scenic foreshore...

Tenancy 203, Building 2, 118 High Street

NLA: 905m² Approx | Annual rent: please contact the Leasing Team

Establish your business in a heritage building that has been tastefully reimagined as a contemporary waterfront workspace. Tenancy 203 is conveniently located near transport links, including North Sydney Ferry Wharf (150m) and Milsons Point Train Station (800m), and the warm shell is an opportunity for tenants to be creative.

Photo: Ben Guthrie, The Guthrie Project

Tenancy 1006, Building 10, 118 High Street

NLA: 183m² Approx | Annual rent: please contact the Leasing Team

A waterfront office at Sydney's newest waterfront destination is now available for lease. Prospective tenants have an opportunity to secure a quality waterfront office in a historic location on Sydney harbour. Rarely do properties of this calibre appear on the market.

Photo: Ben Guthrie, The Guthrie Project

Tenancy 1007, Building 10, 118 High Street

NLA: 187m² Approx | Annual rent: please contact the Leasing Team

Harbour Trust is pleased to offer this industrial, loft-style office at Sub Base Platypus, Sydney’s newest waterfront precinct. This space suits a myriad of commercial uses, meaning creative and innovative businesses have a great opportunity to make it their own. 

Photo: Ben Guthrie, The Guthrie Project

Tenancy 1008, Building 10, 118 High Street

NLA: 510m² Approx | Annual rent: please contact the Leasing Team

A prime location for a café or restaurant has become available on the waterfront at Sub Base Platypus. Housed in Building 2, the historic Fleet Workshop, this open plan space boasts floor to ceiling windows and has been specifically designed to enable tenants to be creative and capitalise on a breathtaking harbour view that spans two levels.

Photo: Ben Guthrie, The Guthrie Project