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Middle Head

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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

“My dad took me to Middle Head when I had a school project on Australia’s military history. It really helped me understand everything so much better.”

Middle Head is a superb lookout spot in Sydney Harbour National Park. From this outstanding vantage point, you can follow the Pacific Ocean to the horizon, framed by North and South Heads. The panoramic view extends to the Eastern Suburbs, Middle Harbour and Manly.

In addition to enjoying sensational views, you can find out more about Middle Head’s military significance. Walk the Don Goodsir track to the 1801 Forts, built in response to a feared French invasion, or explore the tunnels, sandstone gun pits and infamous Vietnam War-era 'Tiger Cages'. Guided tours of the Fort are available between October and May.

When you are finished exploring why not relax on nearby Cobblers Beach and enjoy the picturesque cove.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Middle Head is in the Middle Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • From Mosman, follow Middle Harbour Road to the end
  • It's approximately 100m walk from the carpark to Middle Head Forts and lookout.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at the Harbour Trust carpark in Best Avenue, Mosman.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Drinking water
  • Lookout
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • There is no public vehicle access to Middle Head
  • If you are visiting Middle Head’s military fortifications, be sure to wear sturdy footwear and bring a torch
  • Tours are not available between June and September because the tunnels are occupied by bent-wing bats that hibernate there
  • Obelisk and Cobbler beaches at Middle Head are clothing-optional
  • You can hire this lookout as a venue for weddings, photo shoots and other events

Wheelchair access:

Medium

For venue hire, vehicle access for disabled visitors can be arranged with prior notice.

Contacts:

National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 Parks for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)
Mosman, Phone: 02 9960 6266

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking. (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage
Gap Bluff Headland walking track closure
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is upgrading the Gap Bluff Headland walking track and viewing platforms in Sydney Harbour National Park from 7 October 2014 to 28 November 2014. The area will be closed for safety reasons during this time. It is anticipated that the work may be completed in early November but progress is dependant upon the weather conditions.
 Previously completed stages of the upgrade included the construction of two viewing platforms and interconnecting walking tracks. The final stage of construction will provide further upgrades to two additional viewing areas and associated walking track.
For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 9337 5511.
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed - Nielsen Park
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed following annual winter maintenance.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 

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Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan