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Military relics at Bradleys Head

“An intriguing glimpse into old Sydney’s defence strategies.”

Bradleys Head is another place where military history and stunning landscapes combine to offer a complete harbour experience.

Just next to Taronga Zoo, the convict-built battery at Bradley's Head was built after four American warships arrived in Sydney Harbour undetected in 1839. Sydneysiders were feeling uneasy so a circular parapet was later installed to enhance Sydney’s protection. Today, the mast of HMAS Sydney (I) towers over the parapet as a striking monument to the WWI warship.

Defence ditches, added in the late 19th century after British troops left Sydney and remnants of earlier fortications are other features of this unique harbourside location.


Getting there

Getting there:

From Mosman follow Military Road onto Bradleys Head Road.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Bradley's Head and at the nearby Athol Hall and the Rifle Wall.

Important info

Wheelchair access:


Assistance may be required to access this area. Disabled parking and toilets are available.

Opening hours:

Bradley's Head is open from 6am to 8pm every day, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Bradleys Head Military Relics, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan