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Guided tours of North Head Sanctuary.

Guided tours of North Head Sanctuary

Located in Manly at the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour, North Head Sanctuary features a remnant military complex and a historic cemetery set within coastal bushland.

Book tickets for our Defence of Sydney Tour, which runs every Sunday, or our Third Quarantine Cemetery tour, available on select Sundays. Collectively, these volunteer-led, all-ages tours are an opportunity to explore military infrastructure dating back to World War II and gain insights into the nation’s early quarantine practices. 

Defence of Sydney Tour

Cost: From $8 | Duration: 1 hour 45mins | When: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2pm every Sunday  | Online bookings encouraged

Walk in the footsteps of those who served at North Fort, a former army base that once protected Sydney Harbour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will descend into the 200-metre-long military tunnel complex and discover heritage gun emplacements and the secret underground bunker: The Plotting Room.

Third Quarantine Cemetery Tour

Cost: From $8 | Duration: 60 mins | Hours: 11am to 12pm, select Sundays

The Third Quarantine Cemetery was established in 1881 for victims of a smallpox epidemic. During this tour, a knowledgeable guide will share stories of those who succumbed to small pox, the plague and other epidemics. You will also experience the natural beauty of this final resting place, including unspoiled views of Sydney Harbour.

Talking Object Tour (free)

Key objects and landmarks have been awoken at North Head Sanctuary… and they’re eager to have a conversation with you! Look out for the green "Hello" signs, and have your mobile device ready, to engage in a lively and informative text message conversation.

Helpful links

Want to learn more about North Head Sanctuary, including North Fort and the Third Quarantine Cemetery? You may find these links useful.