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Aerial image of Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney.

Visit Sub Base Platypus

Cost

Free admission

Hours
  • Sub Base Platypus open 24/7
  • Car park open 7am to 9pm
Transport
  • Car
  • Bus
  • Ferry
  • Foot
Location

120 High Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060


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

Offering shaded BBQ facilities and a maritime-themed playground, Oberon Park pays tribute to the Oberon-class submarines based here between 1967 and 1999. Meanwhile, the Torpedo Factory Precinct boasts a spectacular view of Neutral Bay as well as a storytelling space with historical artefacts and a three-piece artwork honouring Country. Other attractions include a sustainable furniture and homewares store, situated on the harbourside promenade, as well as regular guided tours.

How to get here

Planning to visit? Refer to the information below ahead of your trip.

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

There is limited, unmetered street parking on High Street. Paid parking is available in the High Street car park between 7am and 9pm daily. Entry is via 120 High Street. Visitors are permitted to park their vehicles up to a maximum of 3 hours per day. The first hour is free and a $5 fee applies per subsequent hour. Tenant parking is available in the Kiara Close car park.

Electric vehicle chargers

The High Street car park is equipped with 2 dual electric vehicle charging stations which are linked to 4 dedicated parking bays for electric vehicle charging. Whilst electric vehicle charging is free, a valid ticket is still required for the duration of your 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 apply for a Commuter Wharf Permit from Transport for NSW (TfNSW) in order to use North Sydney Ferry Wharf and other commuter wharves. Further info is available on the TfNSW website.

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Accessibility

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 car park. Further, the entry to the Torpedo Factory Precinct features an accessible rampway, and there is a lift from this precinct to the site’s waterfront level.

Public toilets

The Harbour Trust maintains public toilets at Sub Base Platypus, and these facilities are listed on the Department of Health’s National Public Toilet Map. The toilets available at this destination are located near the Retort House, Submarine School and the Torpedo Factory Precinct. You can view these public toilets here.

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Security

Sub Base Platypus is patrolled 24 hours 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 (7am to 4pm) on 0437 049 296 and Sub Base Platypus Security (4pm to 7am) on 0487 327 514.

Lighting

For the safety of visitors, public lights at Sub Base Platypus (with the exception of the Kiara Close car park) operate 24/7 and will turn on during periods of darkness. Kiara Close car park lights operate from 6am to 9pm and will turn on during hours of darkness within this period. Between 9pm and 6am, lighting for this car park can be temporarily activated by a manual push button to enable drivers to safely exit the area.

 

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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); do not climb walls, fortifications, sculptures or cliffs; do not ride or use skateboards, roller-skates, in line skates or similar equipment on Harbour Trust land. For further information, see: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Regulations 2021
  • Bicycles: Bicycles may be ridden on Platypus Lane (shared zone) but riding is not permitted along the foreshore. There are hoop bike racks in the plaza on High Street.

Things to do

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

Connect with Country in Sydney’s newest harbourside park

Wirra Birra Park is an ideal place for visitors to gather, tap into a state of tranquillity and meaningfully connect with Cammeraygal Country. Opened on Good Friday 2024, the park was commissioned by the Harbour Trust as part of the Torpedo Factory Renewal Project and is situated on the sandstone bench at the foot of the former Torpedo Factory. ‘Wirra Birra’ is a First Nations name for Neutral Bay that means a forest of gum trees near running water.

 

Aerial of Wirra Birra Park at Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney.
Explore the Torpedo Factory Precinct

The former Torpedo Factory has been revitalised as a contemporary precinct that provides visitors with different ways to engage with the area’s layered character. Check out the storytelling space, north of the Blast Wall, for historical information as well as archival images and artefacts, including a decommissioned Mark VIII torpedo. Plus, engage with an original artwork that honours Country. Created by Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding, Around the Curve consists of a vibrant wall mural, a meandering floor pattern and perforated metal screens.

Join us for our Sub Base Stories Tour

Cost: From $16 | Duration: 60 mins | When: 11am and 1pm, select Saturdays

Running select Saturdays, this 60-minute tour is an opportunity to explore a historic destination that was off-limits to the public for 150+ years! Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll explore the lower and upper levels of Sub Base Platypus, including the Torpedo Factory Precinct.

Chat with our talking objects

Key objects have been awoken at Sub Base Platypus… and they’re eager to have a conversation with you! Look out for the red "Hello" signs to kickstart a lively and informative conversation. Need help? We recently added a new object, Hello Platypus, which harnesses AI to answer your burning questions – ask it anything! Plus: Stick around to the end of any conversation to find out how you can win a Cockatoo Island camping voucher worth up to $109 (T&Cs apply). 

 

Enjoy a barbeque on Neutral Bay

Take advantage of the shaded BBQ facilities and seating at Oberon Park and invite your friends and family to a sausage sizzle on the waterfront of Neutral Bay.

Get playful at Oberon Park

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.

Commemorate Australia’s submariners

A memorial honouring Australian submariners who have lost their lives is located alongside Oberon Park. Unveiled in August 2017, it bears the names of the six Oberon-class submarines based at HMAS Platypus, the submarine base that operated here from 1967 to 1999.

Check out Koskela's flagship store

Koskela is an Australian-owned, purpose-led furniture and homewares brand whose flagship store is located on the scenic waterfront of Sub Base Platypus. Their showroom features their distinctive furniture collection alongside products from a diverse range of makers who share their beliefs, including First Nations creators.

Koskela is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. 

Embark on a guided history cruise

Explore Australia’s rich naval history with a guided ‘East of the Harbour Bridge’ or ‘The Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour’ cruise from our friends at the Naval Historical Society of Australia. From picturesque vantage points around the Harbour, you'll hear fascinating and lesser-known stories about naval activities during times of war and peace, bringing this rich history to life.  

Experience 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.

History and Country

Cammeraygal Country encompasses North Sydney, including the site of Sub Base Platypus, and this area was a historic source of food, shelter, medicine and tools for the Traditional Custodians.

History

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the site hosted (at different times) a gas works, 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. When Sub Base Platypus officially opened in May 2018, Sydneysiders were provided with access to a new community recreation and work hub.

[Image: Neutral Bay Gasworks viewed from Kurruba Wharf, c 1910 (City of Sydney Archives, Graeme Andrews Collection: 083425)]

Country

In 2023, the Harbour Trust commissioned Kamilaroi / Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding to create an original three-piece artwork for the Torpedo Factory Precinct at Sub Base Platypus, North Sydney. Unveiled in September 2023, Around the Curve was created to honour culture and Country, and its visually arresting design is a defining feature of the new precinct.

 

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Learn more about Sub Base Platypus and our other extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour.